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Where you can see the RAF's spectacular birthday flypast

The route of the flypast through East Anglia Credit: RAF100

People in East Anglia will have a chance to see the spectacular flypast to celebrate the 100th birthday of the RAF before it passes over London.

On 10 July, up to 100 RAF aircraft will perform the flypast over Central London, passing over Buckingham Palace at 1pm.

Historic aircraft, including Spitfires, will join some of the RAF’s most advanced aircraft in the largest concentration of military planes seen together in recent memory.

The planes will line up over Suffolk before heading to the capital.

The view over Buckingham Palace with a Hurricane in the foreground Credit: RAF100

The RAF100 flypast will begin to form up over Suffolk to the west of Ipswich at around 12:45, skirting to the south of Ipswich itself, travelling in a south-westerly direction towards Colchester.

The formation will pass to the north of Colchester, heading towards Marks Tey, Kelvedon and Witham before passing to the north and east of Chelmsford.

The formation will continue in the same south-westerly direction, crossing the M25 to fly over Stapleford Abbotts and Hainault Forest and on to Central London.

The route to Buckingham Palace will see the formation pass over the London Borough of Redbridge, Wanstead, Leyton, the Olympic Park, Hackney, Bethnal Green, Shoreditch and the City of London before the lead elements fly up The Mall and over the Palace at 13:00.

The final aircraft in the flypast will fly over Buckingham Palace at 13:09.

Spitfires will take part in the flypast Credit: RAF100

The mass display will feature a range of aircraft, marking different eras of the RAF’s 100-year service history, and will include the first opportunity for the general public to see the RAF’s next generation aircraft, the Lightning (to be confirmed).

Ahead of the flypast itself there will be a parade of 1,000 RAF personnel and another 300 lining the route through central London.

The RAF's new Lightnings, based at RAF Marham, should be taking part Credit: MoD

This once-in-a-lifetime flypast will provide an iconic centrepiece for the RAF100 celebrations. In our centenary year we are commemorating those that have come before us, celebrating our current personnel and, ultimately, inspiring a new generation to write the next chapters in the RAF’s story. While the aircraft in the skies on July 10 will offer a striking visual representation of the United Kingdom’s air power throughout the RAF’s existence, it is also important to remember that there is a large and multi-skilled team behind every aircraft participating.

– Air Chief Marshal, Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Stephen Hillier
Rehearsals have been taking place at RAF Wittering Credit: ITV Anglia

Here's a list of the places taking part in tomorrow's flypast.

  • Lightning – the RAF’s next generation fast jet
  • Puma – the RAF’s advanced medium-sized, medium lift transport helicopter
  • Chinook - the twin-rotor heavy lift helicopter
  • Juno – the new training helicopter which has replaced the Squirrel
  • Jupiter – the new advanced training helicopter which has replaced the Griffin.
  • Dakota - the Berlin Airlift transporter which helped to move nearly 9,000 tons of essentials
  • Lancaster – the iconic Bomber Command veteran aircraft; one of only 2 airworthy Lancaster’s in the world
  • Hurricane – the battle-hardened workhorse of WWII Fighter Command
  • Spitfire - the iconic Battle of Britain fighter. The Spitfire was produced in larger numbers than any other aircraft before or since
  • Prefect – the new Elementary Flying Training aircraft which has replaced the Tutor
  • Tucano – the RAF’s long-serving basic fast jet flying training aircraft
  • Shadow – the RAF’s advanced intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance aircraft
  • Hercules – the workhorse of Britain’s tactical military air transport and humanitarian capabilities. First operational in the RAF over 50 years ago
  • Atlas A400M – the RAF’s new, cutting-edge strategic air transport aircraft
  • C-17 – the key to Britain’s global strategic air transport capabilities
  • BAe 146 – the RAF’s short-range personnel transport and logistical support aircraft
  • Sentinel – the RAF’s world-leading battlefield surveillance and intelligence gathering aircraft
  • Voyager – the state-of-the-art air-to-air refuelling and global passenger transport aircraft
  • Rivet Joint – the mainstay of Britain’s aerial electronic signals intelligence gathering capability
  • E-3D Sentry – the battle-proven airborne early warning and command and control platform. An air traffic control system in the sky
  • Hawk T1 – the RAF’s advanced fast jet pilot training aircraft
  • Hawk T2 – the latest version of the RAF’s long-serving Hawk fast jet trainer
  • Tornado GR4 – the RAF’s longest-serving strike and reconnaissance fast jet
  • Typhoon – the backbone of Britain’s air attack and quick reaction capabilities
  • Red Arrows – the RAF’s elite aerobatic team