A heads up, literally, that the Red Arrows will be flying over London on Monday (10th Sept 2012) afternoon as part of the post-Olympics parade through the city.

The parade itself is due to set out from Mansion House in the City at 1:30pm, with around 700 Olympic and Paralympic athletes travelling on 21 floats. A list of which athletes will be on each float is here.

The parade will travel through the City, past St Paul’s Cathedral, along Fleet Street and into The Strand, before reaching Trafalgar Square. After passing Trafalgar Square the athletes will go through Admiralty Arch into The Mall, travelling down to the Queen Victoria Memorial.

While most of the parade will be open to the public, the Mall will be restricted to people who were involved in the games themselves – and have tickets. A map of the full route is here.

Red Arrows fly over The Mall

Then, the Red Arrows will fly overhead. However, the RAF have the flypast taking place at 2:46pm, but there is also a special flypast by the British Airways A319 aircraft that carried the Olympic Flame, at just 1,000 feet above the ground due at 3:41pm.

The 3:41-3:46pm time is more likely as the parade arrival at Buckingham Palace is due for 3:30pm. Would be weird to have the flypast an hour before they arrive! I suspect the RAF notice is in GMT, not British summer time.

The flypasts come in from over East London, over Stratford for the Olympic Park, then the City of London and roughly down the Strand, then the Mall, before sweeping over north-west London.


The RAF have released the details of the other aircraft in the flypast – which has been confirmed for 3:45pm.

Following the British Aircraft plane will be four helicopters, then two fighter jets and a Boeing radar plane, then the Red Arrows.


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  1. Andrew says:

    RAF times will be Zulu (GMT) won’t they?

  2. Dave Bassett says:

    Hi Ian
    I have not seen any comment in notices to mariners of an additional firework display in river near Tower Bridge. There are incidentally lots of laser light projectors being installed on Tower bridge.
    Where can I find the notice
    Dave Bassett

  3. Fimb says:

    Yes, the Red Arrows time will be GMT


  4. Jordan D says:

    A shame that the Firefly British Airways A319 won’t be in formation with the Red Arrows, a la Concorde in 2002. Would have been a nice touch. Shame they don’t say whether it will proceed or follow the fly past.

    • IanVisits says:

      Actually, I noted in the last sentence of the blog post that the BA plane will be at the head of the formation with the RAF following on behind.

  5. Julian says:

    Since the Red Arrows have only been flying 7 in displays this year, and 2 more were grounded on Saturday, we’ll be lucky to see 1 Red Arrow by Monday afternoon.

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