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THE QUEEN'S GOLDEN JUBILEE FLY PAST

Latest update - 11th June

The finale of the Queen's Golden Jubilee weekend, on June 4th 2002, was a fly past that included 27 aircraft from the Royal Air Force and a Concorde from British Airways

The Flypast, which took place at 18:20, was watched by Members of the Royal Family from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, while over one million well-wishers packed the Mall and surrounding streets for one of the most passionate displays of pageantry the UK capital had ever witnessed in modern times.

The Jubilee Flypast was one of the many highlights of a day that had seen the Queen journey to St Paul's Cathedral in the Gold State Coach for a thanksgiving service. In the afternoon the Queen returned to the Mall to watch, from a specially constructed platform on the Queen Victoria Memorial, 20,000 people take part in a 50th Anniversary parade and pageant which featured people from all over the UK and the Commonwealth.

Concorde Alpha Delta departed from London's Heathrow airport just after 4:30pm and headed for the designated Concorde holding point above the North Sea off the coast of Great Yarmouth. Click to see a graphic of the chart for where the Concorde holding point was.

Concorde G-BOAD had several Red Day-Glow formation stickers placed on her fuselage, as can be seen in the picture, to assist the Reds in keeping in the set formation. The aircraft, which was Commanded by BA Chief Concorde Pilot Mike Bannister, meet up with the RAF Red Arrows and flew in towards the centre of London with the other aircraft in the formation.

The full formation included:



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C-17 Globemaster
TriStar with two Tornado GA4s
E3 Sentry with two Tornado F3s
VC10 with two Jaguars
Nimrod with two Canberras
BAe 146 with two BAe125s
Eurofighter (Typhoon)
Concorde in formation with the Red Arrows

The Fly past was scheduled to be over Buckingham Palace at 17:55 but due to the scale of the events taking place had to be delayed by 30 Minutes. The Red Arrows left Stansted at 1739 to meet up with Concorde at the holding point off the Norfolk coast.

After formating over the North Sea the formations pasted over the coast line at Southwold just after 6pm and headed Overhead Ipswich, Chelmsford, Fairlop Waters Country Park and north east of Ilford before flying into Central London. At 6:25PM the flypast fleet flew down the Mall then over Buckingham Palace at a height of 1,500ft and at a speed of 280Knots.Click to see a graphic of the chart for the flight path into London and a seperate one for the flight path over London are available.
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The head of the fleet, including the Globemaster, Tristar and VC10 routed back to RAF Brize Norton, with the BAE146 of the Queen's flight and BAE 125s touching down at RAF Northolt.

As soon as Concorde was clear to the flypast she climbed to 2,500ft, picked up the ILS localiser and arrived 5 minutes later at London Heathrow on Runway 27R. The Red Arrows returned to their Base at RAF Scampton, passing near to Hertford, St Neots, Thurlby, Corby Glen and Grantham.

This was the first time Concorde has been used in its flagship role since the fleet were grounded following the Paris accident in July 2000. Before the accident around 1% of Concorde flights were in that flagship role, which have included flying the England Football and European Ryder cup teams to tournaments as well as politicians to world summits.

A Concorde has flown in formation with the RAF Red Arrows on 6 previous occasions, with the last being at the Royal opening of the Scottish parliament in 1999: Concorde G-BOAE, on that occasion, had been chartered by the UK government to ferry dignitaries in style from London to Edinburgh. Since the aircraft was positioned at Edinburgh Airport, a fly past was scheduled to take place with the Red Arrows who had been booked previously. As well as flying over Edinburgh, the formation transited the 60 miles and flew over Glasgow. From more details on the previous times that Concorde has flown with the team see the Red Arrows and Concorde flight log


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FLYPAST GALLERY

Fully crewed and fuelled, G-BOAD Crosses the road to the main airport apron before departing to take part in the fly past
G-BOAD taxied onto Heathrow's Runway 27R
Alpha Delta Lines up on 27R, notice the Day Glow stickers on the fuselage to help the Reds keep in formation.
G-BOAD heads out of London Heathrow, just after 16:30 on the June4th 2002

Concorde and the Reds meet up over the North Sea
Red Arrows Picture - Iain McIvor - Crown Copyright

Concorde and the RAF Red Arrows head for London

Red Arrows Picture - Iain McIvor - Crown Copyright

Crossing the Thames, this picture was taken from the South Bank

Picture - Paul Dopson

The formation heads for the Mall

Picture - Paul Dopson

Heading up the Mall towards Buckingham Palace

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The formation flies over the Queen Victoria Memorial

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Over 1 Million people were in the area to see the Jubilee celebrations and the flypast finale

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The Queen and the Royal Family watch the flypast from the famous balcony at Buckingham Palace
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Looking down on the formation from a press helicopter as it passes directly over the palace.
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The formation over London

Picture - Richard Thomas



JUBILEE FLYPAST REHEARSAL
There was a rehearsal of the Jubilee Flypast on Wednesday May29th overhead RAF Marham in Norfolk. It consisted of all 27 aircraft including Concorde and the RAF Aerobatics Team - The Red Arrows. The Eurofighter was replaced by an RAF hawk trainer for the Rehearsal

The formation formed up at approximately 3.30pm off the coast of Southwold, Then ran in towards RAF Marham at a height of 1,500 feet and at a speed of 280 Kts. The first Aircraft, the C17 Globemaster, was above RAF Marham at 3.55pm, with the other aircaft taking around 10 minutes to pass.

The formation routed south of Norwich, Old Buckenham, Shropham, to the south of Watton, and south of Swaffham, adjacent to Cockley Cley and directly over RAF Marham giving the local residents and other visitors who had turned out in great numbers a chance to see the formations.

Concorde along with the Reds then headed back out over the North Sea and the Wash to complete some additional practice runs. Photographs of these runs can bee seen in the pictures that follow, which were taken by Dutch aviation photographer E.J. van Koningsveld.

FLYPAST REHEARSAL GALLERY
G-BOAD and the reds overhard RAF Marham
Concorde over the North Sea
Picture - E.J. van Koningsveld
Sky Flash Airshow Pictures
Concorde and the Reds duirng the Practice on May 29th 2002
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Concorde over the North Sea
Picture - E.J. van Koningsveld
Sky Flash Airshow Pictures
Concorde over the North Sea
Picture - E.J. van Koningsveld
Sky Flash Airshow Pictures
Concorde anmd the Reds off the Coast of Norfolk
Picture - E.J. van Koningsveld
Sky Flash Airshow Pictures
Concorde over the North Sea
Picture - E.J. van Koningsveld
Sky Flash Airshow Pictures
Concorde over the North Sea
Picture - E.J. van Koningsveld
Sky Flash Airshow Pictures



FLYPAST FLIGHT LOG
Picture - E.J. van Koningsveld
Sky Flash Airshow Pictures

2002 (29th May)


Queen's Jubilee Flypast Rehearsal - Concorde G-BOAD.
The formation also included: a C-17 Globemaster, a TriStar, Tornados, an E3 Sentry, a VC10, Jaguars, a Nimrod, Canberras, a BAe 146 and a pair of BAe125s.

The fleet formed up over the North Sea area and then flew south of Norwich, Old Buckenham, Shropham, to the south of Watton, and south of Swaffham, adjacent to Cockley Cley and directly over RAF Marham. Concorde formed up with the Reds overhead the Wash. On the Concorde flight deck were Captian Mike Bannister, Capt Jock Reid, Captain Les Brodie, SEO Trevor Norcott & SEO Robert Woodcock.


Picture by Paul Dopson

2002 (4th June)


Queen's Jubilee Flypast - Concorde G-BOAD.
The formation also included: a Eurofighter (Typhoon), a C-17 Globemaster, a TriStar, Tornados, an E3 Sentry, a VC10, Jaguars, a Nimrod, Canberras, a BAe 146 and a pair of BAe125s.

The fleet formed up in seperate holding patterns over the north sea and then flew over the coast line at Southwold just after 6pm and headed Overhead Ipswich, Chelmsford, Fairlop Waters Country Park and north east of Ilford before flying into Central London. At 6:25PM the flypast fleet flew down the Mall then over Buckingham Palace at a height of 1,500ft and at a speed of 280 Knots. On the Concorde flight deck were again Captian Mike Bannister, Capt Jock Reid, Captain Les Brodie, SEO Trevor Norcott & SEO Robert Woodcock.
Picture by Paul Dopson