SRRA Vice Chair Sid Jackson was today honoured to carry the RAF Centenary baton, heading for Horse Guards Parade tomorrow from RAF Northolt to the Polish War Memorial, where the baton was handed over to the station commander of RAF Northolt.
The baton was made to commemorate 100 years of the RAF. Setting off on April 1st and having travelled to RAF bases around the world, the baton left the last RAF base at Northolt carried by Sid today.
Sid is a veteran of the RAF who has both worked at RAF Northolt and now lives locally in South Ruislip.
Well done Sid!
Update from Sqn Ldr Tenniswood at RAF Northolt on the Fly Past. Scheduled for 1pm tomorrow!
Now that I have firm finalized information, I thought you would pass on the routes for the RAF 100 flypast which is planned for Tuesday 10 July as 1300.
The flypast will enter London from the east, fly along The Mall, then split up into 9 packets of aircraft which will exit London over Hendon, Heathrow and the South West of London.
In London, the best place to be the entire flypast will be at The Mall, or just behind Buckingham Palace, somewhere like Eaton Square Gardens.
If you want to see the aircraft that will exit over Hillingdon, the best, and only view will be just North of Heathrow; Harlington, Sipson and Harmondsworth areas.
Aircraft from the flypast may be visible along the lower border with Ealing and the M4, and along the eastern edge of Harrow, east of the A5.
Unfortunately the aircraft will not exit over RAF Northolt or its surrounds. This is because unlike the Queen’s Birthday Flypast, which is much smaller and usually flies out over RAF Northolt in order to avoid Heathrow airspace, this flypast, with up to 100 aircraft, will see Heathrow’s airspace closed and cleared; thus nearly all the traffic will travel out over Heathrow and to the south of Heathrow.
We will put out any updates on the RAF Northolt Twitter and Facebook channels. Of course the Flypast, and the parade, will be broadcast on BBC One on the day.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Sqn Ldr J E TENNISWOOD
There was a good turnout again this year at the service at the Polish War Memorial. The SRRA was represented by our Vice Chair Sid Jackson attending.