Tuesday 10th July 2018
On 10 July, one hundred days after the RAF’s official 100th birthday, join them in London for the centrepiece event, the RAF100 parade and flypast. If you can’t get to London you can join in by watching BBC’s iPlayer from 9:30am.
Here’s a look at all the aircraft and the order they will fly in as they soar over London (click on image for a downloadable version)
Over a thousand servicemen and women will take part in a parade on The Mall at 11:25.
What’s happening when?
09:40 – Wreath laying at the RAF Memorial
10:30 – Service of commemoration, remembrance and thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey
11:25 – Ceremonial Parade sets off
12:30 – Consecration of new Colour for the RAF
At approximately 12:55pm today, the Royal Air Force Facebook page will start a Facebook Live broadcast, which will show the flypast scheduled at 13:00.
13:00 – Mass Flypast
13:10 – Feu de Joie and three cheers for Her Majesty
14:30 – Reception at Horse Guards Parade for invited guests
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, will present a new Queen’s Colour to the Royal Air Force at a ceremony to mark its centenary, on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
Then at 13:00 The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, other Members of the Royal Family and members of the public will witness the historic flypast where up to 100 aircraft, representing the RAF’s history, will fly over Buckingham Palace.
It promises to be a spectacle never seen before and one that won’t be seen again for a very long time.
HOW YOU CAN TAKE PART
Join everyone on the Mall and experience the celebrations in person and the amazing atmosphere.
Watch live coverage on BBC One from 09:30 to 13:20 or stream on BBC iPlayer to watch the events as they unfold live. Alternatively listen to BBC Radio 2 for further coverage.
Share your photos, videos and comments using the hashtag #RAF100
If you can’t get to London but live in the surrounding area here’s the route that the aircraft are taking in and out of London. So keep an eye (or two) on the skies so you don’t miss out. The RAF100 Baton Relay will also complete its 100 day journey on 10 July.
HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING…
Come and see the London leg of the RAF100 Aircraft Tour on Horse Guards Parade (last day today), but if you miss London, there are other tour dates:
- 10-12 August: Newcastle, Northern Ireland
- 25-27 August: Birmingham
- 31 August-2 September: Glasgow
- 14-16 September: Manchester
There will also be an educational zone focussed on aviation and aerospace activities, designed to encourage interest and participation from young people.
With unique access to the preparations and logistics of moving the aircraft into place, the RAF100 website and Royal Air Force social media channels will showcase some of the behind-the-scenes activity so make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
On the 11-12 July the 2018 Chief of Air Staff’s Air Power Conference (APC18) will take place..
The RAF100 Flypast app
In its centenary year, learn more about the RAF and its iconic aircraft by downloading the RAF100 Augmented Reality Flypast App (click on the image below).
View a Red Arrows flypast in AR, collect and store 3D models of the aircraft that are in the RAF100 Aircraft Tour and reveal stories and information about each aircraft and their role in service with the RAF.
Visitors will be able to walk around a Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c Biplane, Supermarine Spitfire MkXVI, Gloster Meteor F4, Harrier GR3, Tornado GR4, DC3 Dakota, Chinook, Typhoon Full Scale Replica and an F35 (LII) Full Scale Replica.
Over the summer the RAF will release more aircraft and additional features to create a full RAF100 AR Flypast experience that truly brings the technology, history and capabilities of the RAF to life through your smartphones and tablets.
Free to download from Apple and Google app stores.
Inspired to join the RAF?
There are so many roles available, as a Regular or a Reservist. The RAF Recruitment website shares further information and an interactive way to get to the roles for you.