The Queen's Birthday Flypast over Buckingham Palace will take place on Saturday 11th June 2016. Rehearsals for this flypast will be held during the period 7th to 9th June 2016.
A large formation of military aircraft will form Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Flypast on 11 June 2016. The Flypast formation will form up at Southwold, Suffolk and route via Ipswich, abeam Colchester, Chelmsford and enter the London City Control Zone south of Stapleford aerodrome; the formation will overfly Buckingham Palace and route via RAF Northolt and RAF Halton/Naphill and disperse in the RAF Brize Norton area. The flypast will be over Buckingham Palace at 1pm.
Hawk (Aggressor) XX189 representing Red Arrows|
King Air (Memorial) ZK460
A400 Atlas (Grizzly 1) ZM406
Voyager (Tartan) ZZ334
Sentinel (Snapshot) ZJ690
Globemaster (Blackcat) ZZ175
Hercules (Zorrow 1) ZH887
Hercules (Grizzly 2) ZH871
Chinook (Vortex) ZA679
BAe 146 (Claret) ZE701
King Air (Camel 2) ZK458
Air Seeker (Goose) ZZ664
• Some photos of the rehearsal on 7th June 2016.
Queen's Birthday Flypast Aircraft - (Callsign):
The Flypast includes about 29 aircraft:
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Chinook - (Vortex 1)
Griffin - (Vortex 2)
AW109 - (Vortex 3)
Puma - (Vortex 4)
BBMF Spitfire XVIe TE311 - (Memorial)
BBMF Hurricane IIc PZ865 - (Memorial)
C-130 Hercules - (Zorro)
King Air B200 - (Camel 1)
King Air B200 - (Camel 2)
A400M Atlas - (Grizzly 1)
C-130 Hercules - (Grizzly 2)
C-17 Globemaster III - (Blackcat)
BAE 146 - (Claret)
Sentinel R1 - (Snapshot)
RC-135W Rivet Joint - (Goose)
Tornado GR4 - (Monster 1)
Tornado GR4 - (Monster 2)
Tornado GR4 (Spare) - (Monster 3)
A330 Voyager - (Tartan)
Typhoon - (Zenith 1)
Typhoon - (Zenith 2)
Typhoon (Spare) - (Zenith 3)
Red Arrows - (Aggressor)
The BBMF Lancaster will not be taking part.
The formation will be led by helicopters from four squadrons, all of which are marking their centenary, and include a Chinook, a Griffin, the AW109SP and a Puma 2.
They will be followed by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Spitfire and Hurricane.
The next three waves will consist of logistical, transport and training aircraft. The first will include the C-130 Hercules, in use by the RAF for 50 years now, and the squadron operating it (47 Sqn) is another of those marking its centenary. The first Hercules is accompanied by two King Airs, which are used as pilot trainers.
These will be followed by another Hercules and a four-propeller-engine Atlas, which is a recent replacement for an older Hercules variant and provides a strategic lift and troop transport capability.
The fifth element includes the immense C-17, demonstrating the RAF's ability to transport troops, aircraft or equipment anywhere across the globe, accompanied by its smaller cousin, the BAe 146. C-17s provided substantial support in Afghanistan, while also having played a major role in international humanitarian aid missions to Nepal and Vanuatu after last year's natural disasters.
The sixth element contains the RAF's 'eyes and ears' with the Sentinel and Airseeker (RC-135W Rivet Joint) which provide intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities. They will be escorted by two Tornados, which have provided the backbone of the coalition air campaign against Daesh over the past year.
The seventh element will contain the Voyager, the RAF's air-to-air refuelling and main passenger transport aircraft. The Voyager is carrying a group of Air Cadets from around the country as part of the celebration of 75 years of RAF Air Cadets organisation. The Voyager will be escorted by two Typhoons, which have had a busy year over UK skies in its Quick Reaction Alert role, as well as assisting UK allies as part of NATO's Baltic Air Policing Mission.
Closing the flypast are the nine-strong Red Arrows, flying in their iconic 'Big Battle' formation in their distinctive red, British-built Hawk jets.
Click on the pictures to see the NOTAMS and maps.