The RAF in London A series of historic photographs

THE ROYAL Air Force has released a series of historic pictures showing the Service’s connection with London, as the city prepares for events to mark the RAF’s 100th anniversary

The pictures have been released as the RAF opened the RAF100 Aircraft Tour, which sees nine historic and current aircraft put on show to the public at Horse Guards Parade from 6-9 July.

These pictures include a wartime picture of a Spitfire tipping the wing of a V1 flying bomb in order to prevent it from hitting London.
The Women’s Royal Air Force leading the RAF’s contingent at the Queen’s Coronation Parade in 1953.

RAF Harvards over the Houses of Parliament

Lightnings over Tower Bridge

Lancaster over St. Paul's Cathedral

Battle of Britain 50th Anniversary flypast

A Harrier jump-jet landing outside St Pancras railway station in 1969 following an attempt at the New York to London air speed record.
Chinooks over London at the end of the Falklands war
The RAF Regiment after the Falklands War
Tornado GR4 over London
Queen's Birthday Flypast
The Red Arrows over London

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, said: “These pictures remind us just how closely the Royal Air Force’s proud history is linked to that of London. From the RAF’s valiant defence of our capital city during the Battle of Britain, to flypasts over London marking so many of the pivotal events in our national history, to our support in the air and on the ground to the 2012 Olympics. The pictures also remind us that the RAF’s character and successes are all about the outstanding men and women who serve, defending our nation and protecting our interests around the world, every moment of every day. They constantly add to our rich heritage and they will be proud to fly above and to march through London on 10 July, to mark 100 years of RAF service to the nation.”

The RAF100 Aircraft Tour will be open to the public from 11.00am to 6.00pm each day from Friday 6 to Monday 9 July, with last admissions at 5.15pm. For more information visit www.raf.mod.uk/raf100

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