The RAF’s Red Arrows are set to be among the highlights for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, with Spitfires and Red Arrows to soar over several counties, including Essex. The British monarch is set to celebrate a huge milestone – 70 years on the throne – as she marks her Platinum Jubilee.
People across the UK will be celebrating alongside Her Majesty during the four-day bank holiday weekend. Like many of us, the 96-year-old British monarch will celebrate her 70-year reign by watching a spectacular flyover which is set to travel over parts of Essex.
Huge numbers are expected to flock to central London to honour the occasion, while others can just look to the skies to witness the spectacle today (June 2). But when exactly is the flyover going to be seen in Essex?
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If all goes to plan and the weather holds up, the flypast is set to begin at around 11.45am. It will start in the Wash, and travel over the North Sea, Southwold, parts of Suffolk and Southend, just like the rehearsal last Thursday.
The flypast will then head to London via Swaffham, Thetford and Colchester, before flying over Buckingham Palace. The dispersal will occur to the south and west of the London control zone over Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
The Queen is also expected to watch from the Buckingham Palace balcony with other members of the Royal Family. The flight path is set to travel over Colchester and It is expected that residents in Southend can see the flyover at around 12.30pm until 1.15pm on June 2.
What is the flight route?
The flights will start in the vicinity of the Wash, and travel over the North Sea, Southwold, parts of Suffolk and Southend. The fly-past will then head to London via Swaffham, Thetford and Colchester, before flying over Buckingham Palace. The dispersal will occur to the south and west of the London control zone over Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
Aircrafts involved in the Jubilee flypast
Here are the confirmed and potential aircraft featuring in the flypast.
The most famous names on the roster for the flypast are of course the Red Arrows and the historic planes that make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). The BBMF aircraft include:
- An Avro Lancaster Bomber
- Six Spitfires
- Two Hurricanes
- One C47 Dakota
- Two Chipmunk aircraft (usually used for training)
It’s unclear if all the planes listed above will feature in the BBMF involved in the flypast. However, the Lancaster is the centrepiece and is normally flanked by at least one Spitfire and one Hurricane.
What time will I be able to see the flyover?
The Wash: 11.45am-1pm
Southend and Colchester: 12.30pm–1.15pm
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