flypast to celebrate QEII Platignum – 70 years
A spectacular flypast of more than 70 aircraft marked the first day of Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Dozens of aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force, roared over Fairlop on their way to Buckingham Palace after Trooping the Colour. The Flypast watched by many near the Fairlop Memorial.
Full list of aircraft taking part in 14 waves.
Wave 1, 2 & 3
3 Wildcat helicopter, 2 Merlin helicopters, 3 Apache helicopters,
3 Puma helicopters, 3 Chinook helicopters
Wave 5 1 Lancaster, 2 Spitfires, 2 Hurricanes
from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Wave 6 1 Phenom, Texan
Wave 7 3x Hercules
Wave 8 1 Atlas, 1 Globemaster (C-17)
Wave 9 1 Poseidon, 1 Rivet Joint
Wave 10 1 Voyager, Lightning, 1x Typhoon
Wave 11 1 Voyager – RAF VIP Voyager ‘Vespina’, 4 Lightning (F35B)
Wave 12 4 Hawks
Wave 13 15 Typhoons making up 70
Wave 14 9 Hawk – The Red Arrows
This Flypast on 2 June 2022, is probably the largest seen since 8 June 1946, when a sixty mile long Victory Parade air procession, also overflew Fairlop.
On that day in 1946 there were 12 Lancasters flying, as apposed one in 2022
The elements amassed over the Wash, then Southwold, Suffolk, Swaffham, Thetford, Colchester, then onto Southend.
Timing was crucial, for example The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight left its base at RAF Coningsby at 11.57 hrs, over Fairlop 12.52 hrs and over Buckingham Palace at 1300 hrs. The Red arrows left RAF Scampton around the same time
For those at Fairlop awaiting the flypast could see the aircraft assembling in a holding pattern to the east of Fairlop before peeling off to the west
This year, Her Majesty the Queen has become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years loyal service.
Her Majesty has played an enormous part in our lives: always there in the background, giving us and the country a permanence and sense of continuity that helps stabilise our troublesome world.
We should all be grateful.