Red Arrows share dramatic footage filmed from cockpit during coronation flypast
This is the dramatic view from one of the Red Arrows cockpits during the scaled-down coronation flypast.
The world-famous display jets flew over Buckingham Palace on Saturday to celebrate the coronation of King Charles, wowing crowds on The Mall as well as members of the Royal Family who watched from the palace's balcony.
More than 60 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and RAF had been due to take part in the flypast, but the weather meant it had to be scaled down and only helicopters from the three services and the Red Arrows ended up taking part in the two-and-a-half minute display.
Coronation flypast: This was the view of #London from our aircraft this afternoon. The #RedArrows were honoured to join others from across the Royal Air Force and Armed Forces taking part in celebrations marking the Coronation of Their Majesties the King and Queen. #Coronation pic.twitter.com/MaDRTQ1gjr
— Red Arrows (@rafredarrows) May 6, 2023
The Red Arrows shared footage showing the view of the jets from one of the cockpits as they blasted over the capital.
The footage shows the nose of the Hawk jet as it soars over London, as well as the other aircraft flying in precise formation alongside it.
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You can see the River Thames below, and the moment they start to spew red, white and blue smoke.
The 40-second video also shows the moment the Red Arrows approach Buckingham Palace, with people packed into The Mall in front of it.
On Saturday, one RAF officer aboard one of the planes forced to withdraw from the flypast said it was “good operational practice”.
The Voyager aircraft, recently used in British evacuation efforts in Sudan, had taken off from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire before holding a position over the North Sea, off the coast of Norfolk, later having to abort.
Squadron leader Mike Willers told the PA news agency: "We launched, we sat in the holding pattern and we did everything to leave the pattern on time for the flypast.
"We formed up with the [A400M] Atlas and we were always just waiting on a weather call with the warm front that was pushing through from the south west.
"Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t suitable for us to safely conduct a flypast, and ultimately we need to keep our people and assets safe, and everybody on the ground safe."
He said 35 RAF personnel on board, who were sitting at window seats for the best views, were left 'visibly disappointed', but their spirits were raised when the two aircraft carried out training exercises instead, before heading back to RAF Brize Norton.
Willers continued: "It’s good operational practice for us anyway, to launch [and] go through the process, to get away on time, get in hold, be plus or minus five seconds on our timing, and for the A400 to join up and practice formation.
"Operationally that’s all good stuff, and we hope for blue skies next month for the King’s birthday flypast."