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Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Old 17th May 2012, 14:36
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Where are the historics
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Need I go on? All these types have been in service for the majority of the Queen's 60 years on the throne.
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Old 17th May 2012, 17:23
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More information now on the RAF website:

Jubilee Fly Past

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Old 17th May 2012, 18:41
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That really is utterly pathetic....

Apart from the tri-service helicopters and the 9-ship Typhoon flypast, the RAF can only find 2 C-130s, a single VC10 with 2 Tornados, plus a number of trainers and historics?

Hopefully someone will draw parallels with even the Golden Jubilee, let alone the 1977 Jubilee or even the Coronation flypast?

It's an insult.....
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Old 18th May 2012, 07:32
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Looking at the layout of the flypast I think there must be a error in the fact that the Navy A/C are not leading seeing that it is the senior service.
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Old 18th May 2012, 08:27
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That really is utterly pathetic
Hmm - I wonder whether the south-north routing and proximity of LHR had anything to do with the rather meagre a/c count? We can't delay the travelling public any more than is strictly necessary, on pain of a rather large bill from the airlines etc.

Should have done it at night-time when the airport was closed and illuminated the formations with searchlights...
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Old 18th May 2012, 13:41
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To the diamond nine Typhoons plus shepherd that flew over my house about 14.30, bloody brilliant ! It almost made me wish I was still in, got a bit dusty in my conservertory for a few minutes.
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Old 18th May 2012, 16:47
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Crikey, has it really been 10 years since I was lucky enough to fly the Vickers Funbus in the Golden Jubilee Flypast! Good luck to all those involved, there's a lot of hard work goes into making these affairs look 'routine' and there's always a last minute fast ball ...........such as Her Majesty being late!
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Old 18th May 2012, 16:54
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Welcome to the 21st century RAF!
One could argue of course that a 9 ship of Typhoons represents an awful lot more capability than a substantially larger number of 1950's vintage fighters. I would be in danger of sounding like a VSO though.
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Old 19th May 2012, 08:36
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Good to see the RAF website is as accurate as usual...

Wing Commander Jason Appleton from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire is the lead pilot in the 12 helicopter formation heading up the fly past, which includes a Merlin, Puma, Sea King and Chinook from the Royal Air Force, an Apache, Lynx, Gazelle and Bell 212 from the Army and Sea Kings, Lynx and a Royal Navy Merlin.
Jase Appleton is a Nav (or WSO in today's money)!

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Old 19th May 2012, 10:15
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As an ex-Army man watching the Jubilee march past I must complement the RAF contingent on their turnout and marching precision. They were splendid. Well done.
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Old 19th May 2012, 10:21
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Where did the Grenadier get those socks?
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Old 19th May 2012, 10:24
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Watching the parade on BBC. The Royal Salute , for some strange reason, took place at about 1056. They then stood easy, and awaited the flypast - and the four-minute wait seemeed very long. CAS was seen to say something to HM.

The Typhoon diamond nine flew over at precisely 1100, as planned - but not before the BBC commentator, Dan Snow said (precise words)
...the Duke of Edinburgh, of course a naval man, looking on as the RAF holds up proceedings.
I am, for once, speechless.

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Old 19th May 2012, 10:25
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Where did the Grenadier get those socks?
Probably the same place that sells the red cords, tweed shirt, blazer and regimental tie combo favoured by some colonels where I work

Who is the ex Guards officer presenting? I missed the start and for some reason seem to be constantly being distracted by the rather lovely Miss Bruce's legs.

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Old 19th May 2012, 10:39
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Miss Bruces`s Legs

Couldnt have put it better myself sir ..............believe the gent with the red socks is Patrick someone or other
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Old 19th May 2012, 10:40
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No ISTAR aircraft in flypast?

I guess Waddington was closed for the weekend! No E-3D, Sentinel, Shadow. (Or C-17, Tri* for that matter).

Just a question on the RAF marchpast - is it normal for the rank closest to HM to be filled with officers? I thought that they marched in the front (or is it the rear)? Haven't done marching up and down the parade square for about 20 years so what do I know!

Was good to see the RAF in step at least - very smart as well.
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Old 19th May 2012, 10:41
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Typhoon Timing

Airsound - I too was speechless - but only because it took a while to stop laughing. I also particularly liked the comment:
they won't be around for very long
If you will permit a crusty comment from the GRANBY flypast over London, then there was a central controller who was wary of the difficulties of coordinating Air and Ground timings. He had the authority to advance or delay the 'overhead' call and I had an Observer to pay close attention to what I was doing in the lead of Navy and Army helos. Sticking rigidly to a planned time does not always work.

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Old 19th May 2012, 10:45
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they won't be around for very long
Around another 6 years if he rumours are to be believed.

Paully - In that case, I suspect it might be Patrick Hennessy who wrote The Junior Officers' Reading Club a few years back. Believe he was a Guards type.

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Old 19th May 2012, 10:54
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The BBC commentator was Eddie Butler not Dan Snow.
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Old 19th May 2012, 10:59
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Draken - many thanks. My apologies to Mr Snow

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Old 19th May 2012, 11:04
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Eddie Butler is a terrible rugby presenter as well. Seems the Queen arrived a little too early on the dias. Anyway no point in letting the truth get in the way of some Typhoon bashing
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