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RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
A look back at the amazing Diamond Jubilee celebrations . .
. as seen by the 'Tail-end Charlie' in Britain 's last airworthy Lancaster
This is incredible footage showing the bird's eye view enjoyed by crew
aboard a Lancaster bomber flying over London for the Queen's Diamond
The Lanc, which is part of the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
(BBMF), flew in formation with aircraft including a Spitfire, Hurricane
and Dakota transport aircraft down The Mall, followed by the Red
Arrows aerobatic team - to the delight of crowds and the Royal Family
at Buckingham Palace below.
As well as preserving a fleet of priceless aircraft and keeping them
in tip-top flying condition, the BBMF reminds the nation of the sacrifices
made during World War Two.
Spectacular: The tail gunner's view from the Lancaster bomber,
as it completed the Diamond Jubilee flypast.
Buckingham Palace Gardens can be seen behind the tail of a Hurricane
also of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which flew in formation
with the Lancaster
|Final approach: The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster
lines up alongside the Thames with Charing Cross Station ahead of it in
the final moments before it flies over the Mall.
View from above: Hundreds of thousands of people crowd The Mall
below the Lancaster bomber
Target in sight! The nose of the Lancaster passes over the Mall
towards Buckingham Palace during the climax of its flypast
Based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire , many of its personnel,
including pilots, are volunteers and the flight costs about £3m a
year to run.
Squadron Leader Ian Smith, who is in charge of the BBMF, is the only
permanent member, with all of the remaining pilots, navigators, air engineers
and other crew coming from different airbases and ordinarily flying several
different types of aircraft; from Typhoon fighters to the huge Hercules
Cramped: The footage shows just how tight a fit it can be aboard
a vintage aircraft
Tight squeeze: Crew aboard the Lancaster bomber
The aircrew give up three out of every four weekends from May
to the end of September in order to fly and display the historic aircraft.
The footage, released by the Ministry of Defence, shows just how tight
a fit it can be aboard a vintage aircraft, with the crew - clearly eager
to catch a glimpse of the Queen - taking up most of the available space.
The historic flight includes the Lancaster , which first saw service
in 1942. The ‘Lanc’ was the most famous of the Second World War bombers
and gained renown for its starring role in the momentous ‘Dambuster’ raid
on Germany ’s Ruhr Valley in 1943.
Carrying a payload of 22,000lb and with a 1,500-mile range, the RAF
bomber wreaked havoc on Germany . Some 3,500 were lost in action during
The view of Buckingham Palace and The Mall beyond from the Lancaster
In formation: This is the view enjoyed by crew aboard the Lancaster
flying over London for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations
Hurricane single-seater fighters played a crucial role in the
Battle of Britain. Heavier and slower than the Spitfire, it was considered
the RAF’s 'workhorse' against the Luftwaffe.
A remarkable total of 14,533 Hurricanes were built and served operationally
on every day and in every theatre during the war. Only 12 are still airworthy
The Spitfire is the iconic fighter that won legendary status against
the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain. It possessed atop speed of 378mph,
an altitude of 35,000ft and armed with two 20mm cannons, four Browning
machine guns and two 250lb bombs.
One of the four that flew yesterday was P7350 - the oldest airworthy
Spitfire in the world and the only one which actually fought in the Battle
of Britain. It was shot up by a Messerschmitt 109 during combat in October
1940 but its wounded Polish pilot Ludwik Martel managed to crash-land it,
wheels up, near Hastings.
The pride of Britain : The vintage planes - all powered by
classic World War Two Merlin engines - roar across the London sky
Flypast: The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, the Queen,
the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry watch the aerial
Aerobatic aces: The Red Arrows display team fly in formation over
Stirring image: The Lancaster, centre, was accompanied by two Spitfires
on both flanks and tailed by a Hurricane
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