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Fantastic images from the British Airways and Red Arrows flypast yesterday

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British Airways has released some very impressive images from the combined flypast yesterday at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

Click on any of the photos to enlarge.

British Airways Red Arrows flypast 2019

It involved the Boeing 747 repainted in the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery earlier this year to mark British Airways’ centenary.  It was flanked by nine Hawk jets belonging to the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.

British Airways Red Arrows flypast 2019

To quote the BA press release:

“Senior First Officer Tom Perrins was at the controls, while Captain Richard Allen-Williams was in command of the aircraft. They were joined on the flight deck by Captain Simon Scholey and Captain Jonny Lutton.

British Airways Red Arrows flypast 2019

Also on board was cabin crew member, Julia Lowes, whose brother Flight Lieutenant Dan Lowes is Red 9. Julia, who was in the cabin during the fly-past, waved to her older brother who was flying behind.

British Airways Red Arrows flypast 2019

Julia Lowes said: “I only joined British Airways four months ago and this is Dan’s last year flying in the Reds so the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Dan and I have both pursued our dream careers, but to fly together is something I’d never have imagined. It was fantastic watching Dan in action from the BOAC aircraft. Aviation is a very much a family affair as our Dad was a 747 Captain and our younger brother is a First Officer.”

British Airways Red Arrows flypast 2019

Captain Richard Allen-Williams said: “We hope the sight of our BOAC liveried Boeing747 provided a wonderfully nostalgic moment for the Air Tattoo audience today. It was a huge honour for us to fly alongside the Red Arrows at RAF Fairford and to do so in our centenary year is even more special.”

British Airways Red Arrows flypast 2019

Squadron Leader Martin Pert, Red 1 and Team Leader of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, said: “Flying alongside this British Airways Boeing 747 is an incredibly memorable moment for our pilots and those watching on the ground. The Royal Air Force’s own centenary celebrations – marked a year ago – demonstrated the importance of using these high-profile occasions to inspire the next generation and we hope this flypast did exactly that. It was a truly best of British flypast.”

British Airways Red Arrows flypast 2019

The airline has a long history of displaying in the Air Tattoo and first joined the flying programme in 1985 when Concorde and the Red Arrows flew together in a dramatic display. In the early 2000s several British Airways 747s and 777s performed a fly past, and in 2013, the airline performed with the Red Arrows once again, to the delight of the large Air Tattoo crowd.”


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Comments (23)

  • mvcvz says:

    Duller than ditchwater. Who fkng cares?

    • Rob says:

      To be fair, we very, very rarely bother with this sort of stuff. However, these are very impressive. They lose a bit of power in the article, if you see the one of our Instagram feed – which I think is the most ‘liked’ image we’ve ever put up – it looks better.

      • Bloke formerly in India says:

        For every person that doesn’t care about stuff like this, there is one like me who does. Thanks for posting this article, I was also fortunate enough to see it from the ground at Fairford yesterday as well 🙂

  • vand says:

    Worth noting these can be downloaded full res from BA media page, for desktop background etc

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