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Published on Jul 10, 2018
The largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory formed in the skies above London today as the Royal Air Force marks its centenary year. Up to 100 jets, helicopters and aeroplanes from across a range of different eras of RAF history roared over Buckingham Palace as the Queen watched on from the royal balcony. As many as 70,000 lined the streets of the capital to catch a glimpse of the iconic fly-past, which included some of the most iconic aircrafts to take flight during the Second World War, including the Spitfire and the Lancaster bomber. The RAF's new cutting-edge stealth fighter F-35 jets also featured, making their first ever public appearance, as well as helicopters including the Puma, Chinook (top image), Juno and Jupiter, while the Red Arrows completed the fly-past followed by a stream of red, white and blue (bottom left and right). Seconds before, the largest ever formation of Royal Air Force Typhoons spelt out 100 in the skies above Buckingham Palace to mark the centenary of the service.