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RAF 100 years anniversary flypast

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Gents,

 

Here's a selection of pics taken today at the RAF 100 years flypast. These were taken towards the start of the run in just South of Ipswich, Suffolk. It required pumping as many sources as possible to try and find the exact route this far North, and quite a bit of guess work. As it turned out the positioning was fine, although the blue skies the UK has had for the last couple of weeks unfortunately deserted us today.

 

Leading off, two Shadows.

 

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Two C-130Js.

 

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A400 Atlas

 

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C-17 and BAe 146. I had to smile when I saw the C-17 was ZZ172. If they're launched that one then they must have been getting desperate, as '172 tends to sit on the ground at Brize Norton for months at a time and rarely flies. It's also the airframe I had a flight on when the C-17 was first introduced to UK service in 2001.

 

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A330 Voyager.

 

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RAF RC-135, the second of the three that was delivered.

 

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RAF E-3 Sentry.

 

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100 Squadron Hawks.

 

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Hawk T2s.

 

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Tornado GR4s, probably their final ceremonial flypast over London and the palace. This formation consisted of over a third of the remaining airframes.

 

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And a type making it's first. Three of the four F-35B's currently in the UK.

 

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The Typhoons were to make a aerial 100 from 22 airframes, not all would fit in the viewfinder, and at this stage the formation was still quite loose.

 

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Finally, the Reds brought up the rear.

 

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Gary

 

 

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