King Charles III Coronation will include a Flypast over Buckingham Palace on Saturday 6th May 2023.
The Coronation of King Charles and the Queen Consort will take place on Saturday 6th May at Westminster Abbey. After the service they will return to Buckingham Palace where they will conclude ceremonial events on the balcony along with other members of the Royal Family to watch a large formation Flypast at 2.30pm.
On Sunday 7th May 2023, there will be a 'Coronation Concert' at Windsor Castle which will be broadcast live by the BBC and Monday 8th May 2023 will be a Coronation Bank Holiday.
Flypast Rehearsals (25th to 27th April 2023):
A large formation flypast of aircraft will take place in the vicinity of The Wash, The North Sea and Southwold, Suffolk and Southend then route via the overhead of RAF Marham, Norfolk and overfly RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire. The dispersal will occur over North Lincolnshire and parts of Yorkshire. Flypast rehearsals are scheduled to take place during the period beginning on 25th April 2023 and ending on 27th April 2023. The rehearsals are usually held on the first date (25th April) unless the weather is too bad then it is held on one of the other days (26th or 27th April 2023). The Rehearsal actually took place on Tuesday 25th April 2023.
• King's Coronation Flypast Rehearsals - Restricted Airspace (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/)
• King's Coronation Flypast Rehearsals .pdf (NATS)
King's Coronation Flypast Rehearsal map (Restricted Airspace):
Click the map above for an approximate Google map of the Coronation flypast rehearsal.
• Area A. (between 1.20 & 2.30pm BST, not below 17,500ft).
• Area B. (between 1.55 & 2.35pm BST, not below 7,000ft).
• Area C. (between 1.55 & 2.25pm BST, not below 5,500ft).
• Area D. (between 2.00 & 2.50pm BST, not below 3,000ft).
• Area E. (between 2.35 & 3.00pm BST, not below 10,500ft).
Aircraft taking part in the rehearsals (25.4.23):
• Juno HT1 helicopters
(Spectre) - ZM504, ZM512, ZM532
• Wildcat HMA2 helicopter
(Seacat) - ZZ517
• Wildcat AH1 helicopter
(Nighthawk) - ZZ520
• Apache helicopters
(Nighthawk?) - ZM717, ZM723
• Wildcat AH1 helicopter
(Commando) - ZZ524
• Merlin helicopter
• Chinook helicopter
(Lifter) - ZH897
• Puma helicopter
(Lifter) - XW235
• BBMF Lancaster
• Phenom T1
(Camel) - ZM334
• Texan T1
(Camel) - ZM343, ZM324
• C-130 Hercules
(Griffin) - ZH867 & ZH870
• A400M Atlas
(Griffin) - ZM409
• C-17 Globemaster III
(Blackcat) - ZZ173
(Tartan) - ZZ343
• A400 Atlas
(Tartan) - ZM407
• Poseidon MRA1
(Guernsey) - ZP806
• RC-135 Rivet Joint
(Guernsey) - ZZ664
• 6x F-35B Lightnings
(Doom) - ZM143, ZM144, ZM146, ZM156, ZM161, ZM164
• 3x Typhoons
(Cobra) - ZK376, ZJ947, ZK439
• 3x Typhoons
(Warlord) - ZK437, ZK381, ZK309
• Envoy IV (Falcon 900)
(Royal) - G-ZABH
The Photo-ship helicopter was a Juno HT1 helicopter (ZM515).
Coronation Rehearsal Flypast - 25.4.23 on ADS-B Exchange Tracker:
Flypast over Buckingham Palace (6th May 2023):
Over 60 military aircraft will form a flypast for the King's Coronation on 6th May 2023. The flypast will impose restrictions in airspace in the vicinity of the North Sea, East Anglia, Essex, and London to overfly Buckingham Palace. The dispersal will occur to the south and west of the London Control Zone over Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The flypast over Buckingham Palace will take place from 2.30pm.
• King's Coronation Flypast .pdf (NATS)
King's Coronation Flypast map (Restricted Airspace):
• Area A. (between 1.15 & 3.00pm BST, not below 17,500ft).
• Area B. (between 1.45 & 3.00pm BST, not below 5,500ft).
• Area C. (between 2.00 & 3.00pm BST, not below 7,000ft).
• Area D. (between 2.00 & 2.45pm BST).
• Area E. (between 2.10 & 2.45pm BST, not below 2,500ft).
• Area F. (between 2.20 & 3.00pm BST, not below 2,500ft).
• Area G. (between 2.20 & 3.00pm BST).
• Area H. (between 2.20 & 3.00pm BST, not below 10,500ft).
• Area I. (between 2.20 & 3.00pm BST, not below 10,500ft).
Click the map above for an approximate Google map of the Coronation flypast.
Sixteen helicopters are expected to fly in formation from RAF Benson to Stapleford Aerodrome on the day of the Coronation (6th May 2023). They will depart from RAF Benson at 1.40pm and arrive at Stapleford Aerodrome at 2.20pm BST.
UP TO 16 HELICOPTERS WILL FLY IN FORMATION ROUTING:
513704N 0010543W (RAF BENSON) 1240
514522N 0002458W (VRP M1 JUNCTION 8) 1300
513959N 0001255W (VRP GOLF COURSE) 1310
514200N 0000640E (VRP EPPING) 1315
513909N 0000922E (STAPLEFORD AERODROME) 1320
ACFT EXPECTED TO TRANSIT BTN 250FT AGL-1500FT AGL
Times/route are approximate and subject to change.
Sixteen helicopter formation from RAF Benson to Stapleford Aerodrome (6th May 2023):
Aircraft taking part in the King's Coronation Flypast (6th May 2023):
The six-minute flypast will include the Red Arrows, 16 helicopters, the historic Spitfires of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF's brand-new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, Joint RAF and RN crewed state-of-the art F-35B Lightning II jets and transport aircraft from the RAF's Air Mobility Force. It will feature the first flypast involvement of the RAF's new Envoy IV CC1 aircraft.
• Juno HT1 x3
(Spectre - ZM522, ZM524, ZM527)
• Wildcat & Merlin x2
(Seacat - Royal Navy, ZZ380 & ZH850,ZH853)
• Wildcat & Apache x2
(Nighthawk - British Army, ZZ512 & ZM722, ZM723)
• Wildcat & Merlin x2
(Commando - CHF, ZZ524 & ZJ126, ZJ134)
• Chinook x3 & Puma HC2
(Lifter - RAF, ZD984, ZH894, ZA683 & XW216)
• BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire x2 & Hurricane x2
• Phenom T1 & Texan T1 x4
(Camel - ZM334 & ZM330, ZM327)
• A400M Atlas & C-130J Hercules x2
(Griffin - ZM409 & ZH865, ZH867)
• C-17 Globemaster III
(Blackcat - ZZ177)
• Voyager & A400M Atlas
(Tartan - ZZ337 & ZM408)
• Poseidon MRA1 & RC-135W Rivet Joint
(Guernsey - ZP806)
• F-35B Lightning x6
• Typhoon FGR4 x18
• Envoy IV & Red Arrows x9
Weather recce helicopter - Juno HT1 helicopter (ZM507).
Due to the poor weather on Saturday 6th May, the only aircraft to take part in the flypast were the helicopters and the Red Arrows.
Red Arrows Route for the King's Coronation:
NOTAMS (Times in BST):
Red Arrows Coronation Flypast - Saturday 6 May 2023
1. 531005N 0003110W RAF WADDINGTON - 1.50pm
2. 530733N 0002024W SE OF METHRINGHAM - 1.53pm
3. 531038N 0002815E E OF SKEGNESS - 1.58pm
4. 525400N 0014000E OVERSEA - 2.05pm
5. 524000N 0014600E E OF CAISTER ON SEA - 2.13pm
6. 521330N 0015312E OVERSEA - 2.18pm
7. 520512N 0012312E WOODBRIDGE AIRFIELD - 2.23pm
8. 515524N 0005336E VCY OF COLCHESTER - 2.27pm
9. 513558N 0000555E FAIRLOP - 2.34pm
10. 513307N 0000058W LEYTON - 2.35pm
11. 513005N 0000830W BUCKINGHAM PALACE - 2.36pm
12. 512839N 0002751W HEATHROW - 2.38pm
13. 512900N 0003611W VCY OF WINDSOR - 2.40pm
14. 512530N 0005900W VCY OF READING - 2.42pm
15. 511700N 0005800W HOOK - 2.44pm
16. 510654N 0011904W N OF WINCHESTER - 2.47pm
17. 504702N 0015023W BOURNEMOUTH 1 - 2.53pm
Timings and route may change due to weather or other requirements.
Red Arrows Coronation Flypast Map - Saturday 6 May 2023
After the flypast of Buckingham Palace, the Red Arrows actually landed at RAF Brize Norton.
RAF Brize Norton Aircraft Local Flypasts:
After the national flypast on Saturday 6th May 2023, the following aircraft from Brize Norton will take part in a local flypast:
14:50 - C-17 Globemaster III (Blackcat) - Royal Wootton Bassett
15:00 - C-17 Globemaster III (Blackcat) - Witney
15:08 - A400M Atlas & C-130J Hercules (Griffin) - Wantage
15:10 - A400M Atlas & C-130J Hercules (Griffin) - Faringdon
RAF Valley Aircraft Local Flypasts:
RAF Valley is planning to bring just a small taste of the Coronation festivities in London back to North Wales on Saturday afternoon.
After the Coronation Flypast on Saturday 6th May 2023, RAF Valley aircraft (4x Texan T1 aircraft) will perform flypasts over Wrexham AFC stadium at 16:39 local time, to salute their recent success in the football league, and then head across Chester, up the Mersey passing the Liver-Building and then cross the Dee to hug the coast of Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay; reaching Llandudno at 16:55. The aircraft will then head to Douglas Isle of Man before returning to Ynys Mon via Holyhead.
Please note that Valley will be open on Saturday afternoon to recover the aircraft from London.