British Airways will display its retro-liveried BOAC Boeing 747-400 in a formation flypast with the Red Arrows at next month’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

The plan was confirmed by the Royal Air Force’s aerobatic display team today, which said: “The Red Arrows will join forces with a special British Airways Boeing 747 [in BOAC livery] for a spectacular flypast at the Royal International Air Tattoo on 20 July, to mark the airline’s centenary.”

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BA’s Captain Richard Allen-Williams, who will be in command of the BOAC 747-400 (above) for the flypast, says: “There’s certainly an air of excitement and pride and we’re sure the sight of our BOAC-liveried 747 will provide a wonderfully nostalgic moment for the Air Tattoo audience. I am honoured to fly alongside the Red Arrows at RAF Fairford this summer.”