Red Arrows cancels Platinum Procession flypast due to cloud cover

Red Arrows cancels Platinum Procession flypast due to cloud cover

June 5, 2022

Red Arrows cancels planned flypast to cap off the Platinum Jubilee procession due to low cloud cover

  • Royal Air Forces’ aerobatic display team was set to perform a flyover today
  • But a classically overcast British summer’s day scuppered the display
  • Low cloud cover has seen the flyover cancelled at the last minute
  • Red Arrows performed an incredible flyover to kick off celebrations on Thursday 
  • Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service

The Red Arrows have cancelled their planned flypast of Buckingham Palace as part of the Platinum Procession as a result of low cloud conditions.

The Royal Air Forces’ aerobatic display team was set to perform another flyover streaming the iconic red, white and blue smoke from their tails to commemorate the Queen’s 70th year on the throne. 

But a classically overcast British summer’s day scuppered the display.

The Red Arrows did however put on a spectacular performance on Thursday, when nine of its aircraft screamed over The Mall and Buckingham Palace accompanied by some 71 military aircraft – including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – to kick off the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Some 10,000 people including a cast of 6,000 performers are involved in staging today’s carnival route from Horse Guards, along Whitehall to Admiralty Arch and down The Mall to Buckingham Palace, echoing Her Majesty’s 1953 coronation procession. 

There were fears the Queen may not appear at the procession today after she pulled out of two Jubilee events amid concerns for her health.

But the Royal Standard was pictured flying above the Palace earlier this afternoon and the monarch emerged on the Palace balcony to greet hordes of delighted fans.

A classically overcast British summer’s day has scuppered the Red Arrows’ planned flypast today (Red Arrows flypast on Jun 02 pictured)

The Red Arrows have cancelled their planned flypast of Buckingham Palace as part of the Platinum Procession as a result of low cloud conditions (view from Red Arrows cockpit shows their flypast on Thursday to kick off jubilee celebrations) 

The RAF Red Arrows blasted over the streets of London trailing red, white and blue smoke

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, their children George, Charlotte and Louis are among those seated in the royal box alongside Boris and Carrie Johnson, Keir Starmer and Sadiq Khan to watch the incredible two-mile procession through central London. 

Charles, Camilla, William and Kate, and other members of the royal family are all expected to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony at the end of the two-and-a-half-hour procession. 

The famous red, white and blue smoke discharged by the Red Arrows is made by shooting diesel with a special dye into the BAE Systems T1 Hawk aircraft’s engine. 

The Red Arrows – formally known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – have begun their 58th season. 

Thursday’s fly past represented one of the only times this year the team will fly as a nine-ship formation. For most events this year they will have just seven jets in the air. 

Original golden coronation carriage with hologram of the Queen is seen during the Platinum Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England

Some 10,000 people including a cast of 6,000 performers are involved in staging today’s carnival route from Horse Guards, along Whitehall to Admiralty Arch and down The Mall to Buckingham Palace, echoing Her Majesty’s 1953 coronation procession

Original golden coronation carriage with hologram of the Queen is seen progressing down The Mall

The Red Arrows are due to perform at more than 60 events this season across Britain, with visits to France, Denmark, Ireland, Jersey and Guernsey. 

The Red Arrows were accompanied on Thursday by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which included a Lancaster bomber, three Spitfires and a pair of Hurricanes. 

Army, Royal Navy and RAF helicopters including Chinooks, Apaches, Merlins and Wildcats also flew over the palace. 

A squadron of RAF Typhoons later screamed overhead, flying in formation of the number 70 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. 

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