Fypast and parade come to London

This year has been full of a variety of events celebrating our centenary and the biggest one of them all is happening on 10 July.

Celebrations for RAF100 began on 1 April 2018 when the Royal Air Force turned one-hundred, and one-hundred days later, the 10 July, our main celebrations in London will take place.

Since April, RAF100 has been in full swing with one-hundred days of special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional, national and international levels, with more scheduled throughout the year.

The centrepiece of RAF100 will include a service at Westminster Abbey, a parade down The Mall, which will include up to 1,300 serving personnel, followed by a flypast over central London.

The parade starts at 11:25 with the flypast at 13:00, with up to one-hundred RAF aircraft flying over Buckingham Palace.

The aircraft include aircraft from our historic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, aircraft flown on recent operations and our very new Lightning.

For one-hundred years our people have been at the forefront of what the RAF achieves. Over the last one-hundred, and more, days we have witnessed their dedication, pride and sheer hard work to organise all the events that have occurred at our stations, across the UK and abroad. 

Some of the events that have taken place as part of our RAF100 celebrations include the Baton Relay, which has covered thousands of miles all over the world, local celebrations, sporting events, cake baking, charity fund raisers and the RAF100 Aircraft Tour which has already been to Cardiff, Wales and London and it will continue its venture to Newcastle in Northern Ireland, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester over the coming months.

There have been a host of airshows, where our incredible aircraft and pilots have been displaying their capabilities, in particular at RAF Cosford and Shuttleworth’s airshow.

Following 10 July, the action continues at the Royal International Air Tattoo on 13–15 July, then Duxford airshow on 22 September 2018. 

To keep updated on our flypast over central London, make sure to look up in the sky if you’re in London at 13.00, if not you will be able to tune in on BBC One and our Facebook Live, to find out more head over to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.