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RAF 100 Flypast - 10 Jul

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Old 11th Jul 2018, 13:26
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A proud Day for a proud Air Force!

It proves the RAF inherited the RN sense of humor by choosing April 1st for its founding!
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According to my old Dad (God rest his soul), the joke in WW I was:
"Join the Army and See the World - Join the Air force and See the Next"
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Old 11th Jul 2018, 14:31
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I was at a meeting in Pimlico yesterday, but we had a break to watch the flypast. With the help of Google Maps, I worked out that the corner of Elizabeth St and Eaton Square would be a good spot from which to view the event and so it turned out.

The Chinook formation was impressively powerful, the Typhoon formation very impressive as of course were the BBMF and RAFAT. Singleton C-17, Atlas and Voyager were a bit of a disappointment, but I guess that the pilots aren't trained to fly them in close formation these days. The 7+1+1 Tornado formation was rather odd - I guess that the plan didn't allow them time to work up a diamond nine?

Personally I thought that the neatest formation was, in fact, the Tucano diamond nine - from where I was standing, it looked immaculate.

Quite a few elderly gents on the train as I came up to town, many wearing wartime medals. I hope that they enjoyed the day!
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Beags - see post 151 for possible explanation of the 7+2 GR4 formation. Nothing like confidence in the brand spanking new F35!!
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For what it's worth I thought both ground and air elements looked superb and everybody involved (past and present) should be immensely proud. The focus was clearly on the aircraft; most people won't have a clue about the enormous amount of hard work that has been put in by the fine people who support the aircrew, engineer the aircraft and make all the logistics and support work. For those who see this as an opportunity to get a dig in or make some 'armchair expert' comment, your life must be somewhat joyless!
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I must say, I agree with Beags, it did look very good from the Beeb compound. I was impressed by the 1/2 rotor-span of the Chinooks and the fixed-blade formation was also excellent. Pity we didn't have about twice as many aircraft! It would have been nice to have a blast of burner as well! ��

I think that the axis down the Mall was OK, it was just parallax that made it look offset.

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Old 11th Jul 2018, 19:02
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Originally Posted by Wrathmonk View Post
Beags - see post 151 for possible explanation of the 7+2 GR4 formation. Nothing like confidence in the brand spanking new F35!!
A very sensible Plan B, IMO
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Originally Posted by BEagle View Post
Singleton C-17, Atlas and Voyager were a bit of a disappointment, but I guess that the pilots aren't trained to fly them in close formation these days.
There was a 146 behind the C17.
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Old 11th Jul 2018, 20:14
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There was a 146 behind the C17.
looking a lot like a towed decoy!!! The Tucanos were proper tight, the SH group impressive and the Typhoons superb. I was filled with pride that, despite the strains on our resources and operational commitments, we pulled it together. I don’t doubt that those involved felt their chests puff out a little, and I hope a flight safety or ‘maintenance’ standown was declared for the following day to permit ‘adequate debriefing’.....
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Old 11th Jul 2018, 21:09
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Originally posted by Fatjoff
The reason for this, I believe, is that it was felt inappropriate to have her Majesty standing around on a cold day in April while we showed off.
That may be the case, but also 1 April was Easter Sunday, when I believe the Royal Family would probably be at Sandringham, and there'd be a much smaller crowd in London - not to mention messing up many people's leave...

I've often wondered whether 1 April was chosen as the formation date because it's the start of the Treasury's financial year; new force = new budgets?
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I can’t be the only one wondering what all the fuss was about can I? Professional Air Force puts 100 aircraft over a target - doing their day time job!?

in an orderly fashion, formation etc - again, all part of the job, surely?


As I said, a heck of a lot of fuss.

Statding by for the inevitable.......
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Old 12th Jul 2018, 07:52
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There's one in every bunch of twelve …
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BGG, or as they used to say, same way, same day.

On numbers though, reflect that many air forces can not field 22 Typhoons or similar, certainty not get them all airborne, and definitely get them all going the same way.

As I said in JB, numbers aren't everything either. What was there could probably have delivered a greater operational effect than the V-Force ​​and Buccanneers combined.
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Can only echo all the messages of well done! A few of us RAF retirees assembled for a few sharpeners near Trafalgar Square before repositioning on to the Mall for the flypast. Great atmosphere and a brilliantly performed flypast. With smiles on our faces we repaired to the pub to continue our reminiscing. Only hope all those involved in the day's events had a chance for a few pops that evening!
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Got to agree with all the previous but also give a special mention to all those on parade. The RAF 100 by QCS was done so quickly and smoothly it was fantastic.
Not having UK TV coverage here I missed all but what was available on some videos posted here and in some news papers and would love to see the QCS 100 parade as referred to in this thread. Does anyone have, or know of, a link covering this?
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Old 12th Jul 2018, 16:40
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Thoroughly enjoyed both the parade and flypast from the centre of the Mall, top marks to all involved, couldn’t believe how many people I knew involved from Parade Cdr, WO uncovering the Colour, Sqn Ldr giving the reading in the Abbey, RAFA Colour bearer out side the abbey, Piper in the band and a couple airborne in the flypast, and I’ve been out 21 yrs now.

Did anybody else notice the far right a/c in the first wave of Hawks. Possibly a mini surge or small bird ingestion?
Also according to FlightRadar 24 the Voyager, TARTN01, was squawking 7700 inbound to Brize.



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Hawk eats Pigeon ... no news there, surely?
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Old 12th Jul 2018, 21:19
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Shack37, you can see the QCS forming RAF 100 at 47:30 here:
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MG, truly a Gem. Just what I was looking for. many thanks.
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