Airshow Moment 2018 9 – RAF100 Flypast

Though not strictly an airshow itself, any retrospective of the 2018 season would not be complete without a reminder of the impressive collection of air power put together over London back in July, to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

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The flypast itself saw over 100 individual aircraft take part ranging from the latest training aeroplanes to the Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. I watched the spectacle from a park in North East London directly under the flight path and it was a real thrill to see each section appear over the horizon and almost in the blink of an eye disappear over the London skyline.

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You couldn’t help but get caught up in the building anticipation as the rotary wing component got airborne from nearby Stapleford and entered a holding pattern in the local area. Just the noise of the assembled helicopters was enough to get those in attendance ready for the main event.

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Those helicopters were to make up the first wave of aircraft, shortly followed by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota and then the classic bomber and fighter combination.

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Over the next few minutes a wide array of RAF types passed overhead. This included diamond 9 formations of Hawks and Tucanos and an impressive gathering of Tornado GR4s as one of the types last public outings.

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Larger types were well represented too with the Voyager, Hercules, Rivet Joint and E3 all being included in the flypast.

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Bringing things right up to date were the three latest RAF arrivals. Three F35Bs flew over in tight formation having only arrived in the UK a month prior to the flypast.

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The highlight for many then followed, an impressive “100” flew overhead made up of over 20 Typhoons before the spectacle was brought to a close with the Red Arrows.

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This flypast is certainly unlikely to be repeated in the modern era and was a great tribute to the forces history and future.

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