Newbury Today Reports – More than 60 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, including the Red Arrows, had planned to fly over Buckingham Palace today (Saturday) and then disperse across the country to mark the King and Queen’s Coronation.

But poor weather now risks cancelling the flypast at the last minute.

The weather is unsettled across the UK, with the Met Office forecasting heavy downpours yesterday (Friday) and Sunday, with further showers expected today.

The Coronation flypast will feature aircraft from across the UK Armed Forces.

From the RAF there will be several models of helicopter, Spitfires, a Lancaster, Hurricanes, 18 Typhoon FGR4s, an Envoy IV and many more from their fleet, covering the past, present and future of the RAF. 

It will feature the first flypast involvement of the RAF’s new Envoy IV CC1 aircraft which will lead the 9 Hawks from the Red Arrows, the RAF’s Aerobatics Team, to conclude the flypast.

The display will pass over Buckingham Palace at 14:30 BST/13:30 UTC, but the aircraft will be visible mustering in the East from 13:15 BST/12:15 UTC and dispersing in the west as late as 15:00 BST/1400 UTC.

The route will take the planes over parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex on the way to London before heading out of the capital towards Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire as they disperse.

The flypast route has been split into zones and has been given a time slot when airspace is restricted. This means no other planes will be overhead during the select periods.

Area G: 2.20pm to 3pm Reading, Berkshire and Swindon, Wiltshire


According to FlightRadar24 it will be easy to track the flypast on their website, by selecting ‘Military and Government’ under categories.

They say: “Selecting ‘Military and Government’ under categories will filter your view to display these aircraft.

Weather Dependant!

The Coronation Flypast
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