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Photographs (previous years):
Queen's Birthday Flypast 2006. (Andy Court).
Queen's Birthday Flypast rehearsals 2007. (Andy Court).
Queen's Birthday Flypast 2013. (David Hackney).

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Queen's Birthday Flypast 2016

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.

The rehearsals, during the period 7th to 9th June 2016, will start in the vicinity of Southwold, Suffolk then route via the overhead of RAF Marham, Norfolk and conclude, for dispersal, at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire.

The rehearsals took place on 7th June and the following aircraft serials were noted:

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.

NATS Aeronautical Information Service.

Queens Birthday Flypast 2016. Queens Birthday Flypast 2016 flypast.

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Scanner Frequencies for Queen's Flypast over the Mall (previous years):
123.300 NATO Common Radar
132.900 NEATISHEAD (Displays/Fly-Past) Primary
134.550 NEATISHEAD (Displays/Fly-Past) Secondary
135.275 LONDON MIL(East) Fly-Past Monitor Primary
135.925 LONDON MIL(East) Pre-Join Transit
232.875 31 Sqn Air-to-Air GOLD STAR OPS
243.450 RED ARROWS Air-to-Air
244.550 56(R) Sqn Air-to-Air
260.150 NEATISHEAD(TAD 100 Series) Tanker Co-ord Primary
275.350 LONDON MIL(West) Pre-Join Transit for Brize based aircraft
277.775 LONDON MIL(East) Pre-Join Transit & Co-ord
299.975 LONDON MIL(East) Fly-Past Monitor Secondary/Pre-Join Co-ord
300.100 Air-to-Air Refuelling LION/MADRAS
369.125 NEATISHEAD(TAD 100 Series) Tanker Co-ord Secondary