The Queen's Flypast.
The Queens Flypast is part of a larger celebration of the Queens official birthday and is probably one of the most impressive annual events in London's calendar. The likes of you and I, view this event from our front rooms on the television or by lining the streets of London, but that was not the case for two cadets from 51 (Orton) Squadron this year.
Cadet Jamie Toms and Cadet Kieran Robinett, joined 48 other cadets to be part of this remarkable event, by flying in the TriStar, which was part of the RAF flypast formation.
The whole experience started Friday night, as Cdt Toms and Cdt Robinett, departed Peterborough heading for Brize Norton, along with fellow cadets from St Ives, Holbeach, Ramsey, Spalding, Peterborough, and Wisbech. After a very late night polishing shoes and prepping their uniform, Jamie and Kieran started boarding the TriStar Saturday mid-morning.
With an air of excitement, the cadets took to the sky and started flying over the UK, before joining the other 30 members of the Flypast. The formation commenced with three helicopters being led by the Chinook, this was then followed 30 seconds later by the WWII Lancaster Bomber, shortly followed by the Sentry E3-D flanked by Typhoons and followed by the Globemaster III.
It was then the turn of the Cadets in the longest serving aircraft, of squadrons 216 and 101 the TriStar and of course the VC-10. The TriStar's replacement aircraft the Voyager followed shortly afterwards with Tornado GR4 and two more Typhoons. The whole flypast was brought to a close by the famous Red Arrows.
Excitement over, you would have thought, but oh no. On route back to Brize Norton, the TriStar was called into action. Being an in-flight refuelling aircraft, the TriStar was called to an incident in Scotland, so with cadets on board, along with film crew alike the plane diverted to Scotland to refuel a Typhoon mid- air before returning to base over 5 hours later.
Cdt Toms and Cdt Robinett said “This was such a fantastic day. We were part of a very special event, which we will remember for the rest of our lives. 216 squadron looked after us very well on board and could not do enough for us. It was simply the icing on the cake to then be part of what we see as military action refuelling the Typhon over the Isle of Man. We would like to pass our thanks to Brize Norton, 216 Squadron and the Air Cadets as a whole for allowing us to be take part”.
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