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Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Old 19th May 2012, 11:13
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Having done but a few flypasts with a pre-planned TOT, it never failed to amaze me how we had to get it right whilst flying at several miles per minute - yet some parade commander couldn't manage to sort out his timing at a mere four miles per hour or less....
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Old 19th May 2012, 11:22
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Have been watching a bit on the box this morning.... Do you think Prince Michael of Kent has a chitty for wearing that beard in RAF Uniform?..... Gawd 'elp him if the SWO see's it.


She should have gone down to the Mach Loop, she would have seen more aircraft flypast. Talk about small and short........ It really is Pitiful what we can put up these days. Precise flying but woefully short.




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Old 19th May 2012, 11:39
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What sets us apart from the rest of the world. Our head of state reviewing our nation's armed forces. And not a politician in sight!
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Old 19th May 2012, 11:40
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BZ

All credit to the Hawks for their 'EiiR' and to the massed Tuk Tuks and the SpArrows. Great display
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Old 19th May 2012, 11:40
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Just have to say it looked bloody brilliant - hairs on the back of the neck, lump in the throat and some pesky dust in my eyes.

A particular well done to the Reds for providing a Diamond 9 despite being 7 this season.

Awesome.

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Old 19th May 2012, 11:41
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Just watched it on TV and must say a big well done to all involved. Lots of work has gone it that and it was well worth it. All those involved should be well pleased with themselves.
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Old 19th May 2012, 11:46
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Very satisfying to watch such a good job well done. Felt very proud!
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Old 19th May 2012, 12:02
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BBC Camera coverage and Editorial selection was abysmal. More of the Band's conductor waving his baton when beauties like the VC10 flew by and I nearly aimed a projectile at the screen!

Well done the aircrews.

Just waiting for someone like Ken Livingstone to whinge about the cost or similar.

As one gets older I notice Time speeds up so it won't be long before I can watch the 75th Anniversary flypast - probably only the Spitfires, Hurricanes and the Lancaster [maybe two???] will be manned the rest [UAVs] will be flown from a desk in a desert somewhere.
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Old 19th May 2012, 12:06
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When they asked the Nav what it was like to fly the Tornado.......

Aviate they are working on a UAV version of the A-10, that would be sweet.



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Queen Elizabeth II Pictures - Queen Elizabeth II Attends The Armed Forces Parade And Muster - Zimbio

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Old 19th May 2012, 13:21
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Do you think Prince Michael of Kent has a chitty for wearing that beard in RAF Uniform?.....

Probably copied the same one as was used for his grandfather, King George V!

As mentioned before, I would be more interested in who signed the chit authorising him to wear wings - in light blue, as well as in dark blue and khaki .....

And yes, a big BZ to all those on parade.

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Old 19th May 2012, 14:39
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Although Dan Snow was not the commentator wrongly blaming The RAF for the delay, he is not beyond reproach. He once stated that the Harrier had " four enormous engines"
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Old 19th May 2012, 14:58
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RAF contingent showed the rest up..
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Old 19th May 2012, 15:10
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RAF contingent showed the rest up..
Yes, but they were obviously walking as fast as they could.

(Oh, showed )
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Old 19th May 2012, 15:14
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Though I was never a fan of walking in lines, todays choreography seemed to work well and the somewhat short fly-past was quite impressive (to me, anyway).

Most impressive of all was the amount of bages worn by the RAF element. In my experience (some years ago) only the army seemed to have badges in any quantity.

Unfortunately, whilst impressive, I dont believe this is a good sign.
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Old 19th May 2012, 15:20
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I must admit, it did give me a giggle when the mother of one of the parade marchers (press tv) stated " I saw my son, he was the only one in step"

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Old 19th May 2012, 15:25
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Old 19th May 2012, 15:33
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I must say it was lovely to see HM smiling and applauding, obviously tickled pink at the Tucano 60 and the Hawk EIIR.

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Old 19th May 2012, 16:03
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A rare occasion without self-serving politicians or celebs basking in reflected glory and distracting the fickle media. Well done to all on parade and their families. You did yourselves proud.
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"A rare occasion without self-serving celebs basking in reflected glory..."



You missed the fact that the Royal family was there...
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You missed the fact that the Royal family was there...
You miss the fact that the Royal Family are probably held in higher regard by more of the population than any politician.
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