Aircraft from across the UK Armed Forces soared over RAF College Cranwell today in a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Flypast over Buckingham Palace on Thursday 2 June 2022.

The Royal Air Force, British Army and Royal Navy were all represented in the 22 aircraft that took to the skies to practice the formations which will form part of the Queen’s Birthday Parade celebrations next week.

The full flypast will see 70 aircraft, including the iconic Red Arrows and historic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, put on a spectacular show over London.

Images from a 47 Squadron C130 flying in close formation with two other C130s as they conducted a practice for the Queens Jubilee flypast. Photographer: Mr Gordon Elias – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The formation today flew over RAF Cranwell’s iconic College Hall, which stood in for Buckingham Palace. The first aircraft of the flypast flew over College Hall at 13:00BST. The display was reviewed by Air Commodore Mike Baulkwill, the Combat Air Force Commander for the RAF’s No 1 Group. Air Commodore Baulkwill was standing in for Air Vice-Marshal Ian Duguid, Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group, who is the Senior Responsible Officer for the Flypast.

Air Commodore Mike Baulkwill said:

“I was reviewing the flypast from a safety and execution point of view, to make sure the timings, spacings, and the broad structure of the flypast was looking good for next week. It went really well, we’ll have to make some minor adjustments, but the timing was perfect, and the line-up was good.”

Images show Royal Air Force C17 (ZZ175) operated by 99 Squadron, flying in close formation with a LXX/30 Squadron A400M (ZM400) as part of the Queens Jubilee practice flypast conducted over Royal Air Force Cranwell College Officers Mess. Photographer: Cpl Babbs Robinson RAF – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Squadron Leader Greenhowe, the Project Officer responsible for coordinating the flypast, said:

“We are very proud to be able to show Her Majesty The Queen, our Commander-in-Chief, on this unique occasion for the longest-serving monarch and her 70 year Platinum Jubilee, our capability and present that as a fitting and appropriate tribute for her 70-year reign. It should be a good spectacle for the country, the union, and the Commonwealth.”

Squadron Leader Longland, a Royal Air Force Puma pilot, said:

“The flypast today went really well. We made our time on target over the top of College Hall which was standing in as Buckingham Palace. It has been in preparation for months and requires detailed coordination between all the different aircraft which fly at different speeds. I feel hugely privileged and excited to get to fly over the Palace for The Queen on this momentous occasion.”

The flypast on Thursday 2 June 2022 will follow the Queen’s Birthday Parade, known as Trooping The Colour, a major display of military pageantry involving 1,500 officers and soldiers and 250 horses from the British Army’s Household Division on Horse Guards Parade. The flypast will take place subject to weather, serviceability, and operational commitments.

Images show C-130J’s from a 47 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton, flying in a threeship formation as part of the Queens Jubilee Practice Flypast. Photographer: SAC Connor Tierney – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Main photo: Photographer: Mr Gordon Elias – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022


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