BBMF – HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
On Saturday 18 May, a fly-past of nine Royal Air Force Typhoons in ‘Diamond 9 formation’ marked the beginning of a Tri-Service Parade in Windsor before Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Shown on the adjacent photograph during rehearsal over the Lincolnshire, the Typhoons thrilled an audience of some 2500 Service personnel, their families and veterans below who had gathered for a Drum Head ceremony in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The finale of the event was a unique fly past of more than 70 current and historic aircraft, many of which represented those currently participating in operations worldwide.
On Tuesday 5 June, a formation of BBMF aircraft led by the Stn Cdr, Gp Capt Martin Sampson DSO MA RAF, provided a fly past over Buckingham Palace. The formation, which comprised the Spitfire, the Hurricane, the Dakota and the Lancaster aircraft, thrilled the thousands who had gathered along The Mall as well as their Royal Highnesses watching from the ground.