Smith, E. A. W., Spitfire Diary () Smith, Graham, Taking to the Skies: The Spitfire 70 – Flypast magazine special annual () ‘Spitfire Twelve’. Spitfire and Hurricane in Battle of Britain flypast A Spitfire and a Hurricane have taken part in a flypast to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. country does produce staggeringly special people Prince Charles. A “once-in-a-lifetime” flypast of historic and modern aircraft will pass over to take part – including Spitfires and modern state-of-the-art aircraft.

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The largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory will descend on the skies above London as the Royal Air Force marks its centenary year.

Up to jets, helicopters and aeroplanes from speccial a range of different eras of RAF history, including Spitfires and modern state-of-the-art aircraft, are expected to take part.

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But how has the spectacle been organised and planned? Here are some of the questions surrounding the event on July Weather and serviceability dependent, it is expected the new cutting-edge stealth fighter F jets will feature, as well as helicopters including the Puma, Chinook, Juno and Jupiter.


Aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight including the Dakota, Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire are also part of the line-up, as are training aircraft including the Prefect, Tucano and Hawk. Wing Commander Kev Gatland said the weather across the holding areas, where the aircraft take off fpypast, over Spitflre and the areas they disperse to afterwards is key and may affect the numbers involved. If the weather is bad or unsuitable in any of these areas, some aircraft may not join the flypast or it could be cancelled altogether.

He also said operational commitments of the aircraft are another reason why they might not take part, as is the serviceability of each one. The aircraft will take off from where they are based and fly into their designated holding areas — this is where they will circle and move into their formations until it is time to join the flypast.

It is expected the flypast will begin to form up over Suffolk to the west of Ipswich at around Wg Cdr Gatland said: Wg Cdr 770 said they will be stacked between 1,ft and 1,ft above the ground. Wg Cdr Gatland said the dispersal, or what is known as egress, is where the aircraft then head back to their bases, and is one of the most important aspects. The three sections of the flypast will head into different directions, with the larger, heavier aircraft including the Sentinel flyast Voyager heading towards Runnymede.


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The training aircraft will head towards Hendon and the fast jets including the Typhoon and Tornados will pass over Heathrow, Windsor and Maidenhead before going back to their bases.

They have also conducted flights over the planned route flhpast check for obstructions — including new tall buildings and cranes on top of buildings that are being erected. Which aircraft will take part?

Will aircraft fly on the day? How will it all happen?

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What speeds are the aircraft doing? How high will the aircraft be flying? What flypaet after the aircraft have passed over Buckingham Palace? How has it been planned? Last updated Tue 3 Jul Share Tweet Plus Reddit.