Members of the Royal Navy (RN), Army and Royal Air Force (RAF) took part in a military parade and flypast to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee.
Eighty two aircraft in total took part in the flypast, from Typhoon, Tornado, Tucano’s Merlin Helicopters, Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire, including 29 Hawk’s from RAF Valley took to the sky, as well as over 2,000 servicemen and women marching past the Queen.
Imagine the engineering work that has gone on behind the scenes to allow the flypast to take place. Our maintenance team,the prime contractor on the Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley, have been under immense pressure to deliver, ensuring that the aircraft have been serviced and are available for the pilots to practice the formation as well as complete the flypast on the day. The team, which includes sub-contractors Babcocks, worked around the clock to provide not only the aircraft required, but quite a few extra as back up.
During the flypast the Hawk aircraft wrote out ‘E II R. RAF Valley TMk1 aircraft will form the R with the new TMk2 aircraft from the station forming the E. They were joined by Royal Navy Hawk TMk1 aircraft from RAF Leeming and Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose to create the II.
The Hawk aircraft and a team of BAE Systems and Babcock engineers were stationed at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton during the event . The Commanding Officer for the event was Station Commander Group Captain Adrian Hill from RAF Valley.