Queen’s Jubilee flypast times, Red Arrows, planes and route through Essex

A huge RAF flypast is planned for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the people of Essex in particular could also see it. Known for being a crowd pleaser, the flypast promises to be spectacular and not just for aviation fans.

Aircraft formations are set to be among the highlights of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, with Spitfires and Red Arrows flying over several counties, including Essex.

The famous Red Arrows, confirmed to take part, have always been a hugely popular exhibit – they are expected to take part alongside the Lancaster Bomber, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane which make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – another group of aircraft which arouses great emotion among us Britons, reports My London .

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The highly anticipated flypast takes place on Thursday, June 2, but in the meantime, the Military Airshows website has the details on the route. The trajectory is divided into zones A to I. Zone H covers part of Gloucestershire, in particular the east of Cirencester and parts of the Cotswolds such as Eastington.

Other nearby areas, G and I, cover Swindon including Highworth and Wroughton and several areas in North and East Wiltshire including Cricklade, Royal Wootton Bassett, Avebury, Pewsey, Marlborough, Durrington, Tidworth and Ashton Keynes , reports Wiltshire Live. Discover the route for yourself by clicking here.

After a show above Buckingham Palace in London, the flypast will tour the far west of Surrey and Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire. Only a small part of Kent is served by the flypast on its way through Essex and London.

RAF Flypast Route

Timings are an estimate as weather can play a part and there are so many planes flying in procession. The route takes in several counties in the South East, most of London and parts of the South West. The aircraft will crowd around The Wash, a bay and multiple estuaries bordering East Anglia before performing a circuit over the North Sea. This will happen from 11:45 a.m.

They will then return to the north-west tip of East Anglia to head south at around 12.15pm overland via Swaffham and Thetford in Norfolk, then on to Ipswich, before moving on to Colchester in Essex. They will then head to the capital.

The front of the long column of planes will begin to appear over central London around 12:40 p.m., passing overhead between 1:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. They are expected to first appear over Buckingham Palace around 1 p.m. after forming over Stratford and Shoreditch. They will then break formation and fly over south London, heading southwest.

The sky show is due to make its first appearance in the region at 12:50 p.m., flying over Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, with residents expected to see them overhead until 1:30 p.m. However, it is important to note that the map provided by Military Airshows is approximate, with changes subject to short notice due to weather conditions and potential restrictions.



Poseidon, P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft flying over the Royal Air Force College at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire as it takes part in the flyover rehearsal

Aircraft involved in the Jubilee Flypast

Here are the confirmed and potential aircraft featured in the flypast.

The most famous names on the flypast list are of course the Red Arrows and the historic aircraft that make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). BBMF aircraft include:

  • An Avro Lancaster bomber
  • Six Spitfires
  • two hurricanes
  • A Dakota C47
  • Two Chipmunk aircraft (usually used for training)

It is unclear whether all of the aircraft listed above will feature in the BBMF involved in the flypast. However, the Lancaster is the centerpiece and is normally flanked by at least one Spitfire and one Hurricane.

We’re unlikely to see the Chipmunks, but given the scale of the flypast, we might well see more than the usual pair of fighter jets alongside the bomber. There are usually nine of the fast Hawk T1 jets that make up the Red Arrows in a presentation team at a time – but for this season the team is using seven in all of its presentations. The distinctive red jets should fly over the palace in their famous V formation.

On top of that, we can expect to see modern RAF, Royal Navy and Army military helicopters like the Chinook, some of which were used in the recent evacuation from Afghanistan. At this stage, it’s unclear what other aircraft will be taking part, but it’s likely we’ll see some of the modern British Armed Forces fleet.

We might well see the likes of the F-35B Lightning which is one of the RAF’s premier combat fighter jets alongside the better known Typhoon FGR4 fighters. The F-35B is a fifth generation of combat aircraft, while the Typhoons are the fourth generation. Both have multi-role capabilities, meaning they can be used in direct air-to-air or air-to-ground combat, electronic warfare and intelligence gathering.

The Hercules and Atlas C.1 are the RAF’s transport aircraft providing tactical airlifts. These monster planes could make for a striking view of the palace.

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