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VJ Day 75 Flypasts - 15th August 2020
VJ Day Flypast 2020.

Royal Family to lead tributes marking VJ Day 75

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, will lead a national Two Minute Silence.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will feature in poignant montage of veterans shared on social media and on large screens.

A powerful re-telling of the story of Victory Over Japan will be broadcast on BBC One with tributes led by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.

Veterans of the Far East campaign will be present at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to remember fallen comrades.

The Red Arrows will take to the skies for a stunning UK-wide flypast.

In the first such flight since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, The Red Arrows will conduct a UK wide flypast tribute over Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London with its path including The Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to three Burma Star recipients.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
"When the Second World War ended 75 years ago with the surrender of Japan, British soldiers, sailors and airmen were serving in the Far East, fighting hard to achieve victory - and were among the last to come home.

"On this anniversary I want to remember what we owe the veterans of the Far East campaign. They brought an end to the Second World War, they changed the course of history for the better, liberated South East Asia, and many paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"That's why on this remarkable anniversary - and every day hereafter - we will remember them."


Plans for the day include:
At 11am a National Two Minute Silence led by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will appear in a photo montage series alongside other Second World War veterans. Each veteran will be pictured with an image of themselves from their time in service in a touching tribute broadcast on large screens across the country marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.

Armed Forces musicians will lead the nation in a Service of Remembrance hosted by The Royal British Legion at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The ceremony will involve a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Red Arrows will conduct flypasts over Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff and will conclude their tour of the UK over London.

VJ Day 75: The Nation's Tribute will be broadcast on BBC One. Filmed at Horse Guards Parade, alongside veteran testimony His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will give an address which pays tribute to the veterans and the wartime generation, as the Nation honours, thanks and remembers all those who sacrificed so much during the Second World War. The pre-recorded programme, developed with the Ministry of Defence and involving 300 members of Armed Forces personnel, will highlight the scope and diversity of the British military in 1945. It will include a host of famous faces reading tributes, military bands and dramatic visual projection.

The Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum, including the two-minute silence, will be broadcast on BBC One between 0930 - 1130. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, this event is not open to the public and people are asked not to visit the National Memorial Arboretum. VJ Day 75: The Nation's Tribute will be broadcast on BBC One between 2030 - 2200.

VJ Day 75 Website.



VJ Day Flypast Information - Saturday 15th August 2020

The Red Arrows will conduct a UK wide flypast tribute over Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London with its path including The Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to three Burma Star recipients. The flypast will also include the 'Shuttleworth Magnificent Musical Flying Display Drive-in' on the 15th August 2020.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) will take part in a flypast following a two minute silence at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire (11am) as part of a special televised service.

More Information on VJ Day flypasts will be added here when known (including a Red Arrows Route & Map etc).

Red Arrows Schedule Page.

BBMF Schedule Page.


Red Arrows (Sat 15 August 2020)

Sat 15 August 2020 - Red Arrows VJ Day 75 UK-wide Flypast (Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff & London)
The flypast will include the 'Royal Hospital Chelsea' & the 'Shuttleworth Magnificent Musical Flying Display Drive-in'.

NOTAMS - Red Arrows VJ Day 75 Flypast (Times in BST)
1. 531828N 0003303W SCAMPTON AD - 10.44am
2. 531356N 0002424W E OF LINCOLN - 10.46am
3. 531400N 0000426W N OF HORNCASTLE - 10.48am
4. 534201N 0000605W S OF KEYINGHAM - 10.52am
5. 542304N 0003556W S OF BILLER HOWE - 11.00am
6. 550951N 0011133W OVERSEA - 11.08am
7. 554611N 0020618W W OF BERWICK UPON TWEED - 11.16am
8. 555505N 0014718W OVERSEA - 11.19am
9. 561601N 0021343W OVERSEA - 11.23am
10. 555928N 0025654W OVERSEA - 11.28am
11. 555836N 0030146W OVERSEA - 11.29am
12. 555710N 0031019W EDINBURGH - 11.29am
13. 555654N 0031158W EDINBURGH - 11.30am
14. 553034N 0043540W PRESTWICK AD - 11.39am

1. 553034N 0043540W PRESTWICK AD - 1.43pm
2. 552442N 0044255W E OF DUNURE - 1.45pm
3. 545829N 0051451W OVERSEA - 1.50pm
4. 545310N 0051127W OVERSEA - 1.51pm
5. 544848N 0052118W OVERSEA - 1.52pm
6. 545304N 0053233W OVERSEA - 1.53pm
7. 544556N 0054242W N OF WHITEHEAD - 1.55pm
8. 544027N 0054935W OVERSEA - 1.57pm
9. 543629N 0055436W BELFAST - 1.58pm
10. 543252N 0055908W N OF LISBURN - 1.58pm
11. 542512N 0055951W S OF BALLYRUNE - 2.00pm
12. 540931N 0052501W OVERSEA - 2.05pm
13. 525653N 0043405W VCY OF PORTH DINLLAEN - 2.21pm
14. 523648N 0040747W NW OF BROAD WATER - 2.25pm
15. 520139N 0040802W S OF MYNYDD - 2.31pm
16. 514430N 0035121W N OF RHYD-Y-FRO - 2.34pm
17. 515048N 0032750W N OF CANTREF RESR - 2.37pm
18. 513254N 0031335W N OF CARDIFF - 2.41pm
19. 512749N 0030944W CARDIFF - 2.43pm
20. 512229N 0031230W OVERSEA - 2.44pm
21. 512348N 0032036W CARDIFF AD - 2.45pm

1. 512346N 0032018W CARDIFF AD - 5.00pm
2. 511735N 0032518W OVERSEAS - 5.02pm
3. 511628N 0030051W VCY OF BERROW - 5.04pm
4. 510828N 0023040W EVERCREECH - 5.08pm
5. 512428N 0020815W N OF MELKSHAM - 5.11pm
6. 513250N 0021117W NW OF HULLAVINGTON - 5.13pm
7. 513613N 0015437W NW OF PURTON - 5.15pm
8. 512139N 0014734W WEST STOWELL - 5.17pm
9. 512350N 0012237W W OF NEWBURY - 5.20pm
10. 511645N 0011743W N OF OVERTON - 5.21pm
11. 512252N 0005356W ARBORFIELD GARRISON - 5.24pm
12. 512300N 0002822W VCY OF WEYBRIDGE - 5.27pm
13. 512636N 0001719W RICHMOND - 5.28pm
14. 512915N 0000930W CHELSEA - 5.30pm
15. 514355N 0003610E NE OF DANBURY - 5.35pm
16. 520848N 0003752E HAWKEDDN - 5.39pm
17. 515937N 0000009W SW OF BARKWAY - 5.43pm
18. 520221N 0000938W ASHWELL - 5.44pm
19. 520515N 0001905W SHUTTLEWORTH - 5.46pm
20. 523025N 0002100W NW OF FOLKSWORTH - 5.50pm
21. 523250N 0001213W S OF PETERBOROUGH - 5.51pm
22. 525405N 0001312W DONINGTON - 5.54pm
23. 525916N 0001737W HECKINGTON - 5.55pm
24. 530537N 0002300W ROWSTON - 5.57pm
25. 531828N 0003303W SCAMPTON AD - 5.59pm

This is the Red Arrows route from RAF Scampton to Prestwick, Prestwick to Cardiff and then Cardiff back to RAF Scampton. Note that the route & timings may change due to weather or other requirements.



While the weather prevented flypasts elsewhere, the conditions were wonderful in Belfast to allow the Red Arrows to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

The Red Arrows also met three Scottish Second World War veterans at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) with their Lancaster, Hurricane and three Spitfires flew over the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.


Links & videos



VJ Day 75 website.

VJ Day 75 Press Release.

Red Arrows Schedule 2020 Page.

Airshow Calendar 2020.


Red Arrows over Belfast on VJ Day 75 (15.8.20):

Red Arrows flypast and arrival at Glasgow Prestwick Airport (15.8.20):

Red Arrows meet three Scottish Second World War veterans at Glasgow Prestwick Airport (15.8.20):
BBMF flying over the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire (15.8.20):

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