Alice Dryden (huskyteer) wrote,
Alice Dryden

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Reds over the Thames

When calgor asked me this morning if I was looking forward to the Red Arrows flypast, I accused him of attempting to pull my leg. But April 1st also marks the anniversary of the Royal Air Force, formed in 1918 from the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. To celebrate the RAF's 90th, the Red Arrows would be flying along the Thames accompanied by four Eurofighter Typhoons.

This was too good an opportunity to miss, so I stepped out of the office at lunchtime and stationed myself on the Hungerford footbridge. Expectant, upturned faces were clustered everywhere: on the roof of the Shell building, on Waterloo Bridge, in the pods of the London Eye. At 1 precisely people began to point in a different direction to the one I'd been straining my eyes in, and I turned to see the nine red Hawks trailing red, white and blue smoke across the sky in their Big Battle formation. The four Typhoons followed in a diamond.

Here is a photo taken by somebody else. If you're interested, I was standing on the further bridge, just to the right of the rightmost stanchion.

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