VE Day

Royal Air Force Celebrates VE Day Anniversary With Flypasts

The Royal Air Force has conducted flypasts across the country to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

The Red Arrows flew over London while modern RAF Typhoon jets appeared in the skies of Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the UK is still in lockdown, meaning gatherings and VE Day celebrations had to be cancelled or moved to virtual spaces.

"The UK Armed Forces will start the 75th anniversary of VE Day with sunrise commemorations and will continue to honour their predecessors throughout the day and across the country," Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.

"Although we cannot celebrate that precious connection with our veterans on the scale we had planned, we should all pause and reflect on their inspirational achievement. As Churchill said, ‘God bless you all, this is your victory’."

Cover image: MOD.