Queen’s Jubilee RAF flypast, timings and route as Spitfires and Red Arrows fly over Britain

The famous Red Arrows will take part in the event along with the Lancaster Bomber, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, who form the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

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The dramatic Queen’s Jubilee flyby route will see Spitfires and Red Arrows soaring over Britain, and images of the iconic planes flying over Buckingham Palace promise to be a sight to behold.

The RAF celebrations will see 70 aircraft take to the skies from the North Sea and fly over several counties which will include areas such as Kent, Surrey and Berkshire in addition to London.

It promises some iconic images as the historic planes fly over the palace.

The famous Red Arrows will take part in the event along with the Lancaster Bomber, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, who form the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Huge cheering crowds are expected on the Mall towards Buckingham Palace


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The flight past will take place on Thursday 2nd June and on the website Military air shows has the facts on the line.

MyLondon compiled information about which aircraft are used, the times and the route.

They are an estimate because weather can play a role and such a large number of aircraft fly in procession.

The route passes through several boroughs, areas of the South East and most of London.

The flypast is one of the highlights of the Platinum Jubilee celebrating the Queen’s 70th birthday


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The planes will cluster around The Wash, a bay and estuary on the edge of East Anglia, before making a circuit across the North Sea. This happens from 11.45 a.m

They will then return to the north-west tip of East Anglia to head south overland via Swaffham and Thetford in Norfolk at around 12:15pm, then via Ipswich before passing through Colchester in Essex.

The plane will then fly towards the capital in a patriotic show that will evoke emotional memories for many.

Airplanes and helicopters from all 3 services took part in the rehearsal


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The front of the long column of aircraft will appear over central London around 12.40pm and fly past between then and 1.15pm.

They are expected to make their first appearance over Buckingham Palace around 1pm, having formed over Stratford and Shoreditch.

They will then break formation and fly over south London, with residents able to see them overhead until around 1:30pm.

British Forces aircraft take part in dress rehearsal ahead of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Flypast, Sleaford


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The route is divided into areas A to I, and in areas E and F is London. Between the two areas, they cover almost all of the capital, with area F including parts of south London such as Mitcham and Croydon, as well as Surrey.

Only the far north of London, north of Finchley and Wood Green, will not see any aircraft, according to the route. However, it is important to note this the map provided by Military Airshows it’s about.

After passing through London, the flyby will visit far west Surrey and Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire.

Only a small part of Kent will see the planes making their way through Essex and London.

Of course, the most prominent names on the flyby list are the Red Arrows and the historic aircraft that make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). BBMF aircraft include:

  • An Avro Lancaster bomber
  • Six Spitfires
  • Two hurricanes
  • A C47 Dakota
  • Two chipmunk planes (usually used for training)

Household Cavalry process along The Mall, during the Changing of the Guard in London


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It’s unclear if all of the aircraft listed above will be included in the BBMF involved in the flyby, but the Lancaster is the centerpiece and is usually flanked by at least one Spitfire and one Hurricane.

We’re unlikely to see the chipmunks, but given the scale of the flyby, we might well see more than the usual few fighter planes alongside the bomber.

There are normally nine of the fast Hawk T1 jets concurrently forming the Red Arrows on an exhibition team, but for this season the team uses seven in all of its exhibitions.

The distinctive red jets are said to fly over the castle in their famous V formation.

The RAF Red Arrows during a flyby over Buckingham Palace in central London



In addition, we can expect modern RAF, Royal Navy and Army military helicopters such as: B. the Chinook, some of which were used in the recent evacuation of Afghanistan.

It is not known at this point what other aircraft will take part, but it is likely that we will see some of the British Forces’ modern fleet.

The F-35B Lightning, one of the RAF’s main fighter aircraft alongside the better known Typhoon FGR4 fighters, was also on display.

The Mall Flypast promises to be quite the spectacle



It is a fifth generation of fighter jets while Typhoon is the fourth generation.

Both have dual-role capabilities, meaning they can be used in direct air-to-air or air-to-ground combat, electronic warfare, and intelligence gathering.

Hercules and Atlas C.1 are the RAF’s transport aircraft that perform tactical airlift. These monster planes could make an impressive sight over the palace.

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