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RAF Centenary Flypast, London

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The Royal Air Force is celebrating its centenary this year.  As part of the commemorative events, the RAF today laid on a massive flypast over central London. It was said to have been a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of close to 100 aircraft, all currently in service and included the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (which is part of the RAF) and, of course, the Red Arrows.  I took my family and my camera. Unfortunately it was under a quite grey overcast so the pictures weren't as good as they might have been, but some were still worth it, especially the last two.

Helicopters everywhere.... (Pumas and Chinooks)

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BBMF Dakota

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BBMF Lancaster, Spitfires and Huricanes

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Airbus A400M Atlas... didn't realise it was so big

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C-17 and BAe 146

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Voyager (Airbus A330)

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E-3D Sentry

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Tornado GR4 (part of a 9-ship formation)

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Lightning (F-35) - first public appearance of the RAF's latest, only arrived in the UK about a month ago

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22-ship Typhoon formation... stunning

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And finally... the Red Arrows

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Outstanding!    I heard a rumor that they were flying near Chelmsford but have not heard from any actual witnesses yet. 😊

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On 7/11/2018 at 1:13 AM, jt_williams said:

Outstanding!    I heard a rumor that they were flying near Chelmsford but have not heard from any actual witnesses yet. 😊

The buggers went over about 5 miles further north west. A little band of use gathered on the green, all expecting them to take their normal course...We were all gutted, we only got pathetic glimpses of them.

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