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Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Old 19th Feb 2012, 13:59
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Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | History and Honour | Armed Forces to mount spectacular tribute for Queen's Diamond Jubilee

It's a shame that a similar military spectacle of Silver Jubilee proportions can't be laid on.

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Lets hope the fly past is a bit less 'blink and you miss it' than the one we did for the wedding last year.
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It would be interesting to see a table comparing the numbers of aircraft, numbers of squadrons, numbers of airfields and number of personnel serving in the regular RAF at the time of the Queen's coronation, Silver Jubilee, Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee....

The 1953 Coronation Review at Odiham included a flypast by 641 aircraft and a static display of a further 318. Perhaps the Diamond Jubilee flypast might run to the BBMF, Reds and 4 TypHoons? But that's probably about all...
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and see the difference. I would imagine going back any further would be a sobering prospect!!
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I graduated from OCTU Henlow on Silver Jubillee day (2 Jun 1977)! It was rumoured that we may get a Royal for the parade, but we were unlucky. A couple of weeks later I was at the Finningley review - the OCTU exhibit in the hangar had an 8ft close-up photograph of me on the parade at the entrance. My career went downhill ever since!
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As BEagle points out ... RAF Odiam in 1953 must have been an impressive sight for HRH

RAF Royal Review 15th July 1953

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Surely pr00ne, you must have bristled with pride at a show like the Silver Jubilee review of the R.A.F. or the B.O.B. 50th Anniversary Flypast, you took part possibly?

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Quote from the link above:

An impressive, tri-Service flypast of current and historic aircraft will conclude the celebrations.
Bearing in mind this is going to be in Windsor, should be fun if Heathrow's on easterlies
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Are there enough armed forces left to mount a spectacular dislplay?
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And the Odiham/Coronation Review and Flypast - as BEags correctly states: 641 flying and 318 static - only used UK based aircraft - none from Germany or further afield.
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Are there enough armed forces left to mount a spectacular dislplay?
That depends if they're allowed to go weapons hot...
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Are there enough armed forces left to mount a spectacular dislplay?
Might just be able to rustle-up a Joint Force Gym-queen Display...........
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If they bring the Gay Pride day forward compared to last year (2nd Jul 11) they could put on a thoroughly queentastic event!

I wonder if I am due any E&D training before my exit date?
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Details of Queen's Coronation Review at Odiham on 15th July 1953 above.

The earlier coronation fly-past on 2nd June 1953 in front of Buckingham Palace was a different affair entirely. It consisted of 168 fighters (144 R.A.F. Meteors and 24 R.C.A.F. Sabres). In those days Buckingham Palace fly-pasts flew from south to north past the palace, rather than as they do now from east to west down the Mall.

The route was over the Thames Estuary to Canterbury, the feeding-in point for the the various wings. From Canterbury, south to Dungeness, on to Hastings Pier continuing to Bexhill where the formations turned north towards Biggin Hill and then over south London to fly past the front of the palace.

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only used UK based aircraft - none from Germany or further afield.
Not quite. See the entries showing 2nd T.A.F (Germany based) aircraft. And some R.A.A.F. aircraft too - not sure where they came from / were based.

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If they bring the Gay Pride day forward compared to last year (2nd Jul 11) they could put on a thoroughly queentastic event!
And what if they included the Gym Queens in the same parade? Or would that be too many queens in one parade in celebration of the Queen? No doubt some of the republicans would be quite happy and say that HM was one queen too much.

On second thoughts, best not give the EO brigade any idea.
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Re my post #15 above.

According to Wiki between 1952 - 1954 75 & 76 Sqn RAAF was based in Malta and equipped with Vampires leased from the RAF.
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Must have been some serious beer flowing in the Mess

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No doubt some of the republicans would be quite happy and say that HM was one queen too much.
One Q/queen is all this country needs.
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But we've had loads, loads and loads of em!
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