Flypasts will go ahead, after Shoreham tragedy

Spitfire - set for flypast at the Allied Air Forces Memorial event
Spitfire - set for flypast at the Allied Air Forces Memorial event

Planned flypast displays by a WWII Spitfire and the Avro Vulcan XH558 scheduled to appear at the Allied Air Forces Memorial Day are unaffected by recent airshow restrictions following the Shoreham tragedy.

The 30th Annual International Commemoration Day at Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, on Sunday(Sep 6) is sure to be a crowd-puller.

Vulcan bomber

Vulcan bomber

It will be attended by the Chief of the Air Staff ACM Sir Andrew Pulford, the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Royal Air Force Station Commanders and high level diplomatic andAir Force representatives from France, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada and Qatar among other dignitaries.

The ceremony commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 70th anniversary of the return of Elvington’s famous French Bomber Command Squadron’s to France to form the nation’s post war air force.

The main focus of the ceremony will be the parade, led by the Yorkshire Band of the Royal British Legion with Corps of Drums. The parade is made up of Air Training Corps cadets, serving RAF personnel and members of numerous Royal Air Force Association, Royal British Legion, Royal Observer Corps and other Associations with Standards.

No 72 Squadron (RAF Linton on Ouse) and No 100 Squadron (RAF Leeming) Standards will be paraded along with the National Standards of the Royal Air Forces Association, Royal British Legion and Royal Observer Corps Association and Souvenir Français.

These National Standards will be placed on the Drumhead for the Service, and in all, 40 Standards will be presented.

The service, held in the main display hangar, with the backdrop of the wartime Halifax bomber, will be led by Honorary Chaplain the Rev Charles “Taff” Morgan MBE, assisted by the Rev Squadron Leader Michael Chatfield from the Royal Air Force Chaplaincy, currently based at RAF Leeming.

The ceremony will conclude with the Marchpast, Salute and Sunset Ceremony with the Dipping of Standards and Lowering of Ensign.

Other highlights will be engine runs of the museum’s WWI fighters, WWII Douglas Dakota, the 1947 De Havilland Devon twin prop VIP Transport known to have carried Lord Mountbatten, and the “Mighty Hunter” Nimrod MR2 XV250.

The Spitfire conducting the flypast display during the event is from the Historic Aircraft Collection, Duxford and flown by Fl Lt Charlie Brown, one of Britain’s most experienced pilots of the type.

The aircraft is in its original Polish WWII Battle of Britain colours.

The grand conclusion will be the appearance of the Avro Vulcan XH558 in possibly its last flight at Elvington.

Admission £10 adult, £8 concession and £5 children. family £26.