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 happened 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 took place.

Since April, RAF100 has been in full swing with activities and other initiatives at local, regional, national and international levels, with more scheduled throughout the year.

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

The parade started at 11:25 with the flypast at 13:00. One-hundred and three RAF aircraft flew over Buckingham Palace.

The aircraft included 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 covered thousands of miles all over the world, local celebrations, sporting events, cake baking, charity fund raisers and the RAF100 Aircraft Tour which has been to Cardiff, Wales, London, Newcastle in Northern Ireland, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.

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.

Footage of our flypast over central London can be found here.