RAF100: Watch The Full Flypast To Celebrate The RAF's 100th Birthday

10 July, 2018, 23:29 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • GETTYThe Red Arrows will take to the skies to commemorate the RAF’s 100th anniversary

Thousands of people lined the palace approach in central London, to watch a ceremony hosted by the Queen and culminating in the historic flypast of bombers, old and new, along with spy planes, helicopters and transporters.

(Picture: AFP) The tribute to the RAF, which became the world's first independent air force when it was founded as a separate entity from the British Army and Royal Navy in 1918, began with a service at Westminster Abbey.

Ahead of the flyby, the monarch, whose father King George VI was a founding RAF member, made a speech in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Will Jackson captured photos of the famous RAF Red Arrows flying over Chelmsford.

The Duke and Duchess, who marked their first outing as a family of five with Louis' christening, looked happy and relaxed as they attended the service.

Earlier the royals attended a service at Westminster Abbey along with dignitaries including Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson.


Lincolnshire's RAF Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster will fly over Buckingham Palace for the flypast at 1pm.

Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan were expected to meet veterans, personnel, charity representatives and those from the civil service in a reception after the spectacle.

The Duchess of Cambridge surprised us all by appearing at Tuesday's service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force!

Squadron Leader Mike Child said the arrangement of the aircraft took "months of planning", with pilots also undertaking simulator training and multiple briefings.

He said: "Bringing together that big parade, the new colour and the flypast - this is going to be a tremendous day, and it is about commemorating all of our history, and it is about celebrating what we do today".

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