RAF 100 Flypast
By psmiddy, Jul 12 2018 07:43AM
Much enjoyed being on the Mall to witness the RAF celebrate its centenary. Whilst it is understandable that the elements that were arriving at different airspeeds had a good degree of seperation, I thought the separation of the sub-elements could have been a lot tighter. The Hawk T1s and T2s could have been put together, for example. I am guessing that what happened reflects a high degree of risk aversion.
It was a very good effort by the service's engineers, particularly in getting 3 F35s into the air of the 4 so far delivered to the UK. They do not at present have a good serviceability record. But the highlight for me was the 22 Typhoons from RAF Coningsby and RAF Lossiemouth forming a "100" formation. This was a record number of Typhoons in one formation, and I am not sure the general public realised quite how difficult that particular formation is. They sustained it from meet-up over Suffolk to their subsequent tour of the Home Counties.
The mood was buoyant on the Mall. Whilst there were obviously many tourists in the crowd, who just saw it as simply a grand spectacle, there were thousands of Brits - as Johnny Mercer MP said afterwards - "let no-one say there are no votes in Defence"!