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Jet Landing At LHR Under Escort  
User currently offlineSt530 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 138 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 13139 times:

I just saw what looked to be a commercial airliner heading for landing at Heathrow under military escort at either wing. I noticed it at the last second so couldn't tell what airline or type. Anyone know what it is?

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User currently offlineJfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8290 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 13148 times:
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Never heard that happening at LHR before. I am surprised they didn't send it to a less crowded airport to minimize disruptions.

User currently offlineSpeedmarque From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 684 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 13118 times:

Flypast for Queens official birthday! Just finished now!

User currently offlineRivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 818 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 13068 times:

... yeah, they all just roared across my house in West London, but just out of sight (my apartment faces south, and they always pass just to the North of me).

There's usually a tanker 'escorted' by a couple of fighters in this kind of event, so that's what you will have seen. Didn't you see all the other aircraft too? There were apparently 55 in total!

Riv'



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User currently offlineSumma767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2546 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12645 times:

How many of the fly past aircraft returned to Brize Norton?

At about 1.15 I saw a few aircraft, still in formation flying over Oxford, in the direction of Brize Norton.
Particularly impressive was the C-17 Globemaster. There was also a VC10, and an early warning aircraft -all ecorted by fighters.


User currently offlineC680 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 588 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 12361 times:

It was much more fun sitting on the lawn at Green Park!  Smile

C-17 looked fantastic, and it's always fun watching the AWACS radar spin on top of the old Boeing 707 platform (whatever the military name for it is, I forget)



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User currently offlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1372 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 12294 times:

The Flypast consisted of:

9 Typhoons (aka Eurofighters)
E-3 & VC10 + 2 Tornados
9 Tornados
C-17 + 2 Tornados
Nimrod + 2 Tornados
Tristar + 2 HS125s
16 Tornados

Amazingly the RAF managed to get 31 serviceable Tornados up flying together  Wink

Quoting Summa767 (Reply 4):
How many of the fly past aircraft returned to Brize Norton?

At about 1.15 I saw a few aircraft, still in formation flying over Oxford, in the direction of Brize Norton.

The Flypast routed Central London - Northolt - Halton - Brize Norton where it broke up for departure to home bases.



Flown in: A30B,A306,A310,A319,A320,A321,A332,A333,A343,A346,BA11,BU31,B190, B461,B462,B463,(..50 types..),VC10,WESX
User currently offlineAnglo2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 11351 times:

I had a good view from Westminster Bridge, here are a couple of shots:

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[Edited 2008-06-14 12:15:40]

[Edited 2008-06-14 12:17:40]

User currently offlineHZ747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1656 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 11328 times:
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I caught the Tristar and the group of 16 tornados from Oxford Street, since I was strolling around after finishing a week here a business.

Tristar



Tornados



Clicking on the pictures should present a larger view.



Keep on truckin'...
User currently offlineYak97 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10910 times:
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Driving past Duxford about 1230L and saw what looked like a C130 & what seemed to be 2 Jetstreams on the wingtips. Were they meant to be part of the flypast?

User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9785 times:



Quoting Yak97 (Reply 9):
Driving past Duxford about 1230L and saw what looked like a C130 & what seemed to be 2 Jetstreams on the wingtips. Were they meant to be part of the flypast?

Yes it was a C-130 and 2 King Airs.



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6322 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8797 times:

I saw them over South Harrow near Northolt, everyone on the bus was looking up at them. The C-17 was very impressive!

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4627 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8332 times:



Quoting Rivet42 (Reply 3):
There's usually a tanker 'escorted' by a couple of fighters in this kind of event, so that's what you will have seen. Didn't you see all the other aircraft too? There were apparently 55 in total!

Gotta love anything that includes a VC10!

Isn't the 10 the largest UK built aircraft that still flies now that Concorde is gone?



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineWolverhampton From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4641 times:

I have located a pdf from the Royal Air Force website that goes into great detail about the Queen's official birthday flypast.

http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafcms/mediafi...84F_1143_EC82_2E1F5F5D0823933F.pdf


User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3842 times:

It would have been wonderful if they had included the Avro Vulcan XH558 recently restored.
Now that would have been a show stopper.  eyepopping 



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