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Fantastic images from the BA / 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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  1. Shoestring says:

    Harrumph! Not very green, is it?

    signed by

    Timmy ‘Treehugger’ Twitface

  2. Catalan says:

    Beautiful images!

  3. Nice pics, I’m currently down south for the wknd in Lincolnshire (north to majority of HFPers lol)

    I saw the Spitfire and Hurricane take off yesterday morning from RAF Coningsby where they are based as part of the BBMF. The Hurricane is the last flying example of one that actually flew in the Battle of Britian.
    Also saw the Dakota parked up that was also at the show

    • And yes I know that’s an old tweet but it shows a pic of the aircraft that I referenced / spotted.

      And no I wasn’t wearing my anorak ;-p

  4. Alex W says:

    The press release missed a bit:

    “Red 9 was seen swearing at his sister through the canopy after she tried to charge him £8 for a scone and £68 to sit in the front seat”

  5. flyforfun says:

    I saw the Red Arrows at the Flying Legends show at Duxford last weekend. Fantastic display and makes me want to go to a few more shows in the future!! Was it just a fly past at Fairford or did they do a display as well? Lasted 20 to 30 mins at Duxford from memory.

    Saw the pics from BA with the Red Arrows and B747 on Twitter yesterday and no surprised by all the “should have been Concorde” flying, blah blah blah on it. I wonder if these posters realise why it isn’t flying anymore? Probably flat earthers – I saw it fly in a movie so it still should be able to fly today!!

    • Alex W says:

      Should be a display as well at 1610, weather permitting – cloud base looks too low for a full display at the moment but I’ll let you know!

  6. Jill (Kinkell) says:

    No Red Arrows for me, but whilst waiting to take off last week, the BEA and the Landor design 747 came hurtling down the runway. Managed a couple of snaps….but not of the same quality as this Posting. Brought back memories of being an army brat flying off to near and far flung places.

  7. journeying john says:

    Great show, but just think for the cost of organising this fake centenary stunt, they could have cleaned the cabins o the entire longhaul fleet, instead fo expecting customers to put up with years of accumulated grime, broken seating, non functional IFE, unreliable catering and poor surly service. #BA100 (since 1974) #toflytoscam

    • Mark2 says:

      What am I doing wrong?
      Whenever I fly on BA the aircraft are always immaculate and everything, including the crew, works perfectly.

    • Lady London says:

      You forgot the IT and baggage meltdowns.

  8. Sanders Mike says:

    What a grumpy lot on here have you no sense of occasion this was sheer poetry and as for the cheap shots at BA just grow up if you fly CW then you get what you pay for.

    • Lady London says:

      Are you British? Remember sometimes we knock what we love most. It’s a British tradition.

      Same as a lot of comments on here are ‘tongue in cheek’, given the preponderantly British commenters, but sometimes it’s clear that not everybody realises that!

  9. mvcvz says:

    Duller than ditchwater. Who fkng cares?

    • 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 🙂

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

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