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RAF 100 Flypast - 10 Jul

Old 10th Jul 2018, 12:50
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I hope Old Duffer was watching. He will no doubt have been remembering The Queen's Birthday Parade in Hong Kong in 1968 when the RAF was celebrating its 50th anniversary. He was on parade when I was colour bearer of a spurious "home made" RAF colour! Not sure my drill was up to the standard seen today but I hope I did ok.

Anyway - congratulations to all concerned today, in the air and on the ground. It was absolutely brilliant and made me feel very proud to have served in the RAF, both in the RAF Regiment then as aircrew.
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 13:18
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EXCELLENT.
Proud to have done my bit and extremely proud of those who continue to do theirs. Faultless parade and flypast.


(only downer for me was seeing miserable C P-B checking her nails out on the balcony; could she at least have looked a bit happy to be there).
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 13:23
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Lot of dust in the air, not least as I recalled the 23 friends and colleagues lost in the 55 years since I arrived at the College of Knowledge. Brilliantly executed parade and flypast: only niggle, BBC seemed to have trouble matching commentary to aircraft in places, but what the hell. I for one am extremely proud, and humble, to have been a small part of the Royal Air Force
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 13:34
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Just finished watching from the side gates of the Palace. Excellent atmos. Couldn’t help smiling listening to some idiot next to me say with an air of complete authority to his friend “There’s the Boeing 767” when Voyager came over, and “yes, that’s the Galaxy” on seeing the C17...!

I think the loudest cheer was for the 6000 near misses a minute provided by the SH Force!

Did anyone else notice the one Airman in the end parade marching with a rifle but with no hat on???!!!!!!!!
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 13:51
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Looked very good indeed from the middle of the large crowd gathered on Blackfriars Bridge. As others have said, the Typhoons were particularly good.

Originally Posted by Training Risky View Post
Couldn’t help smiling listening to some idiot next to me say with an air of complete authority to his friend “There’s the Boeing 767” when Voyager came over, and “yes, that’s the Galaxy” on seeing the C17...!
After one of the Queen's Birthday flypasts (might have been last year) Twitter was full of reports of an "airliner being escorted by two fighter jets"...
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 14:01
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Angry

(only downer for me was seeing miserable C P-B checking her nails out on the balcony; could she at least have looked a bit happy to be there)

I'm glad was not just me
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 14:06
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I was in a meeting in central London and couldn't get out to see it; could someone ask if they wouldn't mind going around again?

On a more formal note, a day for me to remember my Father's brother: his name listed at Runnymede after his Beaufighter crashed into the western approaches on a sortie from RAF Predannack in 1943.
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 14:09
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I was too busy to watch the flypast as I am up a ladder painting my sash windows.

However, the crew of the A400M that just gave me a personal fly-by at 1504L in North Herefordshire looked bloody impressive as they whooshed past in a low banking turn at a very tactical height. Looked very impressive.

Very proud day of our Royal Air Force. Per Ardua Ad Astra.


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Old 10th Jul 2018, 14:32
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Originally Posted by Training Risky View Post

Did anyone else notice the one Airman in the end parade marching with a rifle but with no hat on???!!!!!!!!
From personal experience easily done with a fixed bayonet! Possibly one of the reasons QCS always have their chinstraps down.
Another tiny hat quibble and nothing to do with the performance which was excellent, but why can't the RAFP all be in a single file? Much tidier than having "snowdrops" dotted about all over the place.
There is something very special, for non QCS types, about doing ceremonial in the capital. I know for a fact that those 19 - 20 year old SACs and JTs will, in 50 odd years time, look back and have to pinch themselves about having been there. I have several hard to believe memories but Churchill's funeral takes the biscuit.
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 14:42
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Only us Brits could have pulled off such a magnificent display, on the ground as well as in the air, from the Abbey to the Palace. Simply superb.
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 14:46
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Very, very good boys. As others have said, the Typhoons were somewhat special. Noticed a young looking LAC on parade. That's a lovely memory to hold for the future.

Having been a parade commander just the once in my career (and having found it the most terrifying experience) I thought the Group Captain did a great job.

Did I notice Prince William ... like me ... get a bit of dust in his eyes?
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 15:20
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I was there in time for the march back from Horse Guards' the parade of standards and the steady drum beat was quite captivating. I managed to get all the flypast on stills and video from the fountain outside Buckingham Palace. Fantastic, role on the Bicentenary!

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Old 10th Jul 2018, 15:43
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Was in Green Park. Huge turnout in the park, absolutely packed, which half an hour before the start had completely overwhelmed the adjacent Underground station. Very well done all, and we were all impressed. Enormous crowd down at Buck Palace as well. Big challenge getting through it all afterwards.

Biggest cheer, as ever, for the Lanc and accompanying BBMF fighters.

Felt it could have done with BA sending along an A380 to join in - they must have plenty of ex-RAF crew on it.
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 15:51
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Originally Posted by Training Risky View Post
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Did anyone else notice the one Airman in the end parade marching with a rifle but with no hat on???!!!!!!!!
He has no worries, better to lose a hat than suffer the ribbing that the airman will get for his ND and the comments "feckin hell" followed by "sorry...sorry" which was picked up by the BBC microphones.
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 16:16
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It turns out I stood more or less under the flight path just off to one side of Buck House. I thought they’d go straight up The Mall - maybe that’s just my OCD - and I’d get a side on view but turns out I happened to be in a pretty good spot for once
Edited to add having just seen the tv footage, maybe if was just an odd viewing angle, but they definitely looked offset to Buck House from where we were standing.

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Old 10th Jul 2018, 16:43
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I salute you all

Landlubber here, with the fortune to have been just by Spring Gardens near Admiralty Arch. Delighted at the turnout, and the applause of appreciation. Aside from the spectacle it's the chance to express in a small way gratitude for the sacrifice and diligence which keeps us safe. I am wearing my lapel roundel with pride.
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 16:56
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Excellent stuff. Clearly something was amiss with the rear pair of the Tornado formation (engine issue? A lot of smoke from one of them on the run to the Mall). Apart from that, the Lightings looked and sounded the biz, and the Tiffies smashed it.

So glad I made the effort to be there with the fam, especially having just seen the godawful Beeb coverage. I know flypasts don't exactly lend themselves to live TV, but why did they put some artsy fartsy idiot with ADHD in charge of the edit?? We just want to watch the planes in sequence as if we were there, FFS
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 17:05
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Great flypast. Well done everyone.
As always the BBC were more interested in the Royal faces than the aircraft. They virtually missed the two Shadows!
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 17:15
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Thanks everybody for a magnificent flypast. I also really appreciate the info from other posts regarding the Chelmsford location, particularly the co-ordinates from Colchester. That combined with some good old cartography skills meant we ended up bang under the flightpath....who needs GPS! Cracking day. 🙂
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 17:31
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And it only rated the final slot on the BBC 6 o'clock news, just before the weather forcast, tossxxrs.
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