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RAF 100 celebrations.

As part of the centenary celebrations there will be a flypast of up to 100 aircraft past & present over London this lunchtime,full details are on the website below.
https://www.raf.mod.uk/raf100/news/10-july-centenary-celebrations/
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  • i work in high street kensington hoping to catch a glimpse.
  • Annoyingly they're coming down from Ipswich into London. Doesn't look like there's much chance of seeing them that far south of the Thames.
  • Annoyingly they're coming down from Ipswich into London. Doesn't look like there's much chance of seeing them that far south of the Thames.

    it certainly depends on flight path but if as the crow flies not many will see it.
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    I work in Westminster should hopefully get a good view.

    They have had a selection of planes at hourseguards for the last few days which you could have a look round. All the modern hero's - typhoon and tornado etc. And some older classics a Dakota, a spitfire you could sit in (although the queue was 3 hours long) and my favourite a WW1 Sopwith Camel which was absolutly beautiful.
  • In Croydon today and the locals are looking forward to their special RAF flypast

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  • Lugging my Nikon D850 in on the train with a couple of decent lenses is kiling my back. Not sure if I'm heading to the Mall or over to the Olympic Park for an extended lunchbreak but hopefully the images will be worth it.
  • I went to Horse Guards yesterday. The Spitfire, as ever, looked wonderful. The new F35B Lightning was very impressive. I'll put pictures up when I find my 'phone.
  • Chocs away, tally ho squadron leader...

    Happy birthday the RAF.
  • I work in Westminster should hopefully get a good view.

    They have had a selection of planes at hourseguards for the last few days which you could have a look round. All the modern hero's - typhoon and tornado etc. And some older classics a Dakota, a spitfire you could sit in (although the queue was 3 hours long) and my favourite a WW1 Sopwith Camel which was absolutly beautiful.

    Love the Dakota, went on one that was involved in D Day and Operation Market Garden at a car & plane show at Bicester last month.

    The hole in the seat on the left was made by a fighter plane during Market Garden. The pilot survived apparently.

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  • Addickted said:

    In Croydon today and the locals are looking forward to their special RAF flypast

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    That is a very sorry and sad picture.
    Fantastic plane to see at an air show in my youth. Two engines and a seat. Very loud and very very fast.
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  • Addickted said:

    In Croydon today and the locals are looking forward to their special RAF flypast

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    That is a very sorry and sad picture.
    Fantastic plane to see at an air show in my youth. Two engines and a seat. Very loud and very very fast.
    Used to be a version in very good nick (not for flight i understand) outside Rochester airport.

    Some legendary stories about the real lightning including this.

    http://www.historicracer.com/aviation/accidental-fighter-pilot/
  • 'Never have so many owed so much to so few' .. W Churchill
  • Quality, work in Victoria and have a view over to Buck House.
  • This may help those interested in spotting them... I've marked the exact flight path with the blue arrow.

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  • Get a photo of the Sopwith Biplane mate.

    She's a beauty!
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  • edited July 10
    JohnBoyUK said:

    This may help those interested in spotting them... I've marked the exact flight path with the blue arrow.

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    You're definitely closet Charlton @JohnBoyUK ;-)
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  • Spermarine Spitfire
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  • it's like plane porn where I live the last week. I'm next to RAF Northolt so we've had loads of US C17s coming in ridiculously low bringing in all the vehicles for Trumps visit, then we had the secret service Osprey's doing manoeuvres and now we'll get this flypast
  • And again. The most beautiful aeroplane ever made.

    Agreed, they are just beautiful.
    Im lucky where I live, next to Trossley country park, we have the two seater Spits flying over all day from Biggin, doing the pay to fly routes, they use the same route, so every couple of hours we get circled. I was off last week recovering from my bike crash and it was just excellent hearing the merlin and then seeing them flyover at about 500 feet. Bliss.
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    Will always be on my bucket list to have a flight in one of those twin seater Spits!!

    Cant remember what Birthday it was yet my Dad got a present to enjoy a ride in a Avro Lancaster ("Just Jane") in Lincolnshire, was only a taxi ride up apron and back but jealous of that alone!!
  • edited July 10

    Will always be on my bucket list to have a flight in one of those twin seater Spits!!

    Cant remember what Birthday it was yet my Dad got a present to enjoy a ride in a Avro Lancaster ("Just Jane") in Lincolnshire, was only a taxi ride up apron and back but jealous of that alone!!

    My mate works at Biggin hill, I think it step Heritage hanger, where they do the 2 seater, they've just got a ME109 airworthy and that is supposed to be flying soon. I think the basic price for 30 mins in the two seater spit is £2750 for 30 mins (20mins flying).
    I did the tour of the hanger, they have a few Spits including a Battle of Britain Mk1, Hurricanes, Harvards and the Me109. you get a ten min talk on each aircraft and you get to sit in a Spit mk9 for pictures, I think they charge around £80 for the tour.
    Remember these old warbirds cost a fortune to maintain and fly so its worth it.
    I understand that the Lanc runway ride is being extended to flights carrying passengers soon, now they have overcome the hurdles on insurance. And as there are only 2 flying Lancs in the world, there will be a hell of a waiting list.
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