These photos by Steve Parsons depict Virgin Atlantic’s flagship 747 ‘Lady Penelope’ in a flying formation with the Red Arrows from the Biggin Hill Airshow. (‘Lady Penelope’ is also being called ‘Birthday Girl’ in honour of the airline’s 25th anniversary.) Last Monday Virgin Atlantic announced an order for 10 A330 aircraft.
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Led by Red 1, Wing Commander Jas Hawker, Officer Commanding and Team Leader of the Red Arrows, the world-famous ‘Diamond Nine’ will formate around the Virgin Atlantic aircraft as they join together over the English Channel.
The celebratory formation will then fly over Canvey Island to Biggin Hill – passing near Gravesend, Dartford, Croydon and Oxted on the way to thrilling an expected crowd of 100,000 spectators at the Biggin Hill International Air Fair, where the Red Arrows will release red, white and blue smoke to mark this unique occasion.
Happy Birthday, Virgin Atlantic!