Thousands of Royal Fans Marvel at RAF Flypast During Trooping of the Colour in London

Thousands of royal enthusiasts gathered in London were treated to a breathtaking RAF flypast at the conclusion of the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

The display, involving 34 different aircraft, marked a fitting tribute to His Majesty the King’s birthday.

Despite the absence of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s iconic Hurricanes, Spitfires, and Lancaster bombers due to a recent tragic crash, the flypast featured an impressive array of helicopters, fighter jets, and transport aircraft.

The Flypast Begins: Chinooks Lead the Way

The six-and-a-half-minute flypast kicked off with three Chinook helicopters flying in close formation. These helicopters, based at RAF Odiham from 7 Squadron, are renowned for their distinctive twin rotor setup, which produces a characteristic ‘Womp Womp’ sound.

As workhorses of the RAF, Chinooks specialize in troop deployment, resupply missions, and casualty evacuations. Recently, they returned from NATO’s largest deployment exercise since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Stedfast Defender.

Honoring the Fallen: Typhoons Replace Memorial Flight

The second wave featured three RAF Typhoons from 29 Squadron at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. These jets stepped in for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which was grounded following the tragic death of Squadron Leader Mark Long in a Spitfire crash.

Led by Squadron Leader Andy Milikin, a former commanding officer of the BBMF and a close friend of Long, the Typhoons’ inclusion was a poignant tribute to their fallen comrade.

Training the Future: Phenom and Texan Jets

Next, an RAF Phenom T1, used to train multi-engine aircraft pilots, flew alongside two Texan T1s from RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales. Squadron Leader Chris Nash and Flight Lieutenant Elliot Lancaster piloted the Phenom, while the Texans, vital for training the next generation of fast jet pilots, were flown by Squadron Leader James Bagnall and Flight Lieutenant Ross Lucie-Smith, with additional support from Royal Navy personnel.

Heavy-Lift Capability: C-17 Globemaster and A400M Atlas

The fourth wave showcased the C-17 Globemaster from RAF Brize Norton, a strategic heavy-lift aircraft capable of transporting 45 tonnes of cargo over 4,500 nautical miles. This was followed by an RAF Voyager and an A400M Atlas, both also from Brize Norton.

The Voyager serves as a refueling aircraft and can carry up to 291 passengers, while the Atlas is designed for versatile cargo and passenger transport, including battlefield casualties.

Maritime Patrol and Defense: Poseidon and Typhoons

An RAF Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft, capable of hunting enemy submarines, led the next segment. It was accompanied by two Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby, part of Britain’s Quick Reaction Alert force.

These aircraft are tasked with intercepting suspicious aircraft approaching British airspace, showcasing the RAF’s defensive capabilities.

Coordination and Execution: Ensuring Precision

The entire flypast was meticulously coordinated by Wing Commander Andy Shaw, who managed the precise timing and altitude of each aircraft to ensure a seamless display over The Mall and Buckingham Palace.

His efforts, along with the skilled aviators involved, culminated in a spectacular airborne tribute to the King.

Advanced Training and Stealth: Hawk T2s and F-35B Lightnings

Further waves included three Hawk T2 jets from RAF Valley, used for training fast jet pilots, and four F-35B Lightnings from RAF Marham.

The F-35Bs, part of the elite 617 Squadron, or the Dambusters, represent the cutting edge of stealth technology and air combat capability. Led by Wing Commander Stew Campbell, these jets highlighted the RAF’s advanced training and operational readiness.

A Grand Finale: The Red Arrows

The flypast concluded with a dazzling display by the Red Arrows, trailing red, white, and blue smoke as they soared down The Mall. Since 1965, the Red Arrows have performed nearly 5,000 displays, with this season led by Squadron Leader Jon Bond.

Their inclusion in the Trooping the Colour ceremony underscored the enduring appeal and excellence of the RAF’s aerobatic team.

Conclusion: A Tribute Fit for a King

The Trooping the Colour ceremony, capped by the magnificent RAF flypast, was a fitting celebration of His Majesty the King’s birthday.

Despite the absence of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the display showcased the RAF’s diverse capabilities and paid tribute to the resilience and dedication of its personnel.

The event not only honored the past but also highlighted the future of the RAF, ensuring that the skies over London were filled with pride and precision.

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