The Red Arrows are set to fly over Dorset in Platinum Jubilee celebrations this weekend. These few days promise to be very busy for the jets which have already taken part in the Queen’s Birthday Parade today (Thursday 2nd June).
Alongside the Trooping the Color event, the impressive flypast over Buckingham Palace will see the participation of 70 aircraft, including the Lancaster bomber, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane. The plane will split into several formations and fly through different parts of the South as part of the four-day holiday weekend celebrations.
It looks like the famous Red Arrows will be high above the Dorset sky on Sunday (June 5), however. According to the Military Airshows website, the famous jets will make the trip from Exeter in Devon before landing in Fairford in Gloucestershire, but will take part in two flyovers during the trip.
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The first flypast will see them fly over Southampton Docks before heading will see them fly over Buckingham Palace. Flying from Exeter at 4.19pm, the jets will reach the village of Membury in east Devon at 4.24pm before entering Dorset airspace.
The iconic jets will fly past Beaminster, Bridport and Maiden Newton before heading northeast from Frampton at 4.27pm. From here they will fly near Cerne Abbas, Piddletrenthide, Winterborne Stickland, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum and over the East Dorset areas of Cranborne and Boveridge.
On the way to Southampton they will pass a number of other locations in the New Forest and Hampshire. The jets will pass north of Fordinbridge in the New Forest around 4.32pm and continue through the area. They will fly over and close in on places such as Cadnam, Totton and Marchwood before reaching Southampton Docks at 4.35pm.
The jets will then leave Hampshire and fly to the London area for the Buckingham Palace flypast. Although the RAF’s famous aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, won’t be flying in Dorset until September, there’s a slim chance you could catch a glimpse of them this weekend.
The timings and route may of course differ due to the weather forecast, but there is a good chance that the jets will fly over Dorset.
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