Spitfire leads RAF Queen’s birthday flypast over Palace

THE RAF is celebrating the Queen’s birthday tomorrow (Sat) by flying rather low over her home at 1pm. A flypast 30 aircraft passes over Buckingham Palace at just 1,300 to 1,500 feet, including veteran Spitfire and Hurricane fighters and a Lancaster bomber

THE RAF is celebrating the Queen's birthday tomorrow (Sat) by flying rather low over her home.

A flypast 30 aircraft passes over Buckingham Palace at just 1,300 to 1,500 feet, starting at 1pm precisely.

The formations take three minutes 40 seconds to pass over the Palace.

These include veteran Second World War fighters such as the Spitfire and Hurricane and a Lancaster bomber, alongside modern multi-role Typhoon fighters and the Red Arrows aerobatic display team.


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The 'Battle of Britain' memorial flight leads the formation, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the conflict in the air that prevented the German invasion in 1940.

Another anniversary represented in the flypast is the 150th year of the Cadet Forces, with the inclusion of 150 cadets from all three Armed services on board a Tristar.

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But if the Trooping the Colour ceremony on the ground is delayed by weather, the flypast will also be put back till 5pm.

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