More than 40 of the UK Royal Navy’s fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters will participate in mass flypasts at the Royal International Air Tattoo on 18 and 19 July, as part of a major celebration for the service’s centenary of aviation activities.

Conducted under the so-called “Fly Navy 100” series of commemorative events taking place throughout 2009, the flypasts will involve current assets including BAE Systems Harrier GR7/9s, British Aerospace Jetstream observer trainers, AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin HM1, Lynx and Westland Sea King helicopters.

 Harrier RIAT 2009

 Junglie Sea King RIAT 2009

 RN flypast 2 RIAT 2009

All images © Craig Hoyle/Flight International

The Lynx-equipped Black Cats helicopter team and four Hawks from the Serco-manned Black Seahawks team, along with their display partners – two modified FR Aviation-operated Dassault Falcon 20 business jets – will also take part.

The entire formation performed a successful demonstration of the flypast during the final arrivals day for RIAT at Royal Air Force base Fairford in Gloucestershire on 17 July, beating patchy weather conditions.

 Royal Navy flypast RIAT 2009