Platinum Jubilee

Platinum Jubilee: Aircraft practise jubilee flypast at RAF Cranwell

A technical rehearsal has taken place for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee flypast that will take place next week over Buckingham Palace.

Around 70 aircraft will be involved in the performance, with a selection of participants taking part in practice at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire.

Squadron Leader Johnny Longland, a Puma Pilot, told Forces News the practice flight went "really well", and the flypast has "been in preparation for months".  

It will be Sqn Ldr Longland's first time flying over Buckingham Palace and he said he felt "hugely privileged and excited" to take part.

"What an honour," he said. "To get to fly over the palace for the Queen, on this momentous occasion, is going to be incredible," he said.

Involved in the rehearsal was a long list of aircraft, including Wildcat, Puma, Chinook, Texan, Phenom, Hawk T2, P8 Poseidon, Rivet Joint, Hercules, A400M Atlas, C17 Globemaster and Typhoon.

The tri-service flypast will take six minutes and is expected to include three times the number of aircraft used for the Queen's Birthday Parade flypast in 2019.

Watch: Aircraft practice Platinum Jubilee flypast at RAF Cranwell.

It will also include aircraft from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Queen's Birthday Parade will also return to Horse Guards Parade after two years of coronavirus pandemic restrictions.