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PICTURES: London flypast marks RAF's centenary

Three of the UK's new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings were among around 100 aircraft which took part in a flypast over central London on 10 July as part of the Royal Air Force's ongoing centenary celebrations.

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Assets drawn from a variety of the RAF's combat, surveillance, training, transport and helicopter units flew over The Mall and Buckingham Palace, 100 days after the service's formal centenary, which fell on 1 April. Its Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Red Arrows aerobatic display team also took part.

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A trio of short take-off and vertical landing F-35Bs from the RAF's 617 Sqn appeared between several of the service's outgoing Panavia Tornado GR4s and 22 Eurofighter Typhoons, which appeared in a "100" formation. The UK's first four Lightnings arrived at RAF Marham in Norfolk last month.

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Multiple further events will be staged this year to commemorate the centenary milestone, including another major flypast at the Royal International Air Tattoo on 13 July.

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