Red Arrows’ Coronation flypast could be cancelled due to poor visibility with cloud cover and rain forecast for Charles’ big day
- The Met Office forecasts grey cloud and rain on Saturday afternoon over London
- If visibility and cloud base limits cannot be met number of aircraft may reduce
- Flypast is set to include Typhoons, Apache helecopters and a Lancaster bomber
The Coronation flypast featuring the Red Arrows could be scaled back or even cancelled if the weather is too poor.
The Met Office forecasts grey cloud on Saturday afternoon over London, with rain bursts. Cloud as low as 200 metres above ground is shown on computer forecast models.
The grand finale of the Coronation parade – which will soar above the Royal Family on Buckingham Palace’s balcony – is set to include Typhoons, Apache helecopters and a Lancaster bomber.
A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: ‘As is always the case for flypasts of this type, the latest weather information will be obtained, and weather checks will take place in advance of the main flypast on Saturday.
‘Depending on the weather there are a number of contingencies in place.’
Apache helicopters (left) plus C-130J Hercules and A400M Atlas (right) tookto the skies to practise for the Coronation flypast
If the necessary limits for visibility and cloud base cannot be met the number of aircraft may have to be reduced.
Using the latest information from the Met Office and their own helicopters’ weather checks, cancellation of the flypast alltogether will only be a last resort.
The Coronation flypast will follow the King’s Coronation Parade at 2.30pm.
The second flypast of the Platinum Jubilee weekend last year was cancelled due to cloud and poor visibility over London on the Sunday.
And 2012’s Diamond Jubilee flypast after the Thames boat pageant was also called off amid cloudy skies.
Met Office deputy chief forecaster Steven Keates said: ‘On Saturday we will see heavy rain moving north-eastwards through the morning.
‘This is likely to bring some rain to London by around lunchtime as it spreads east and north across roughly the southern third of the UK.’
F-35B Lightning II jets were among more than 30 aircraft that took to the skies during a rehearsal for the Coronation flypast
Typhoon FGR4’s taking part in a rehearsal for the official Coronation flypast, at RAF College Cranwell,in late April
It was only last June when Prince Louis captured the nation’s hearts by covering his ears during the Trooping the Colour flyover for the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
More than 30 aircraft took to the skies in late April as RAF Cranwell – where King Charles spent time as a student – stood in for Buckingham Palace for rehearsals of the flypast.
It was only last June that Buckingham Palace saw its last flypast during the Trooping the Colour for the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
It was a day in which young Prince Louis captured the nation’s hearts by dramatically covering his ears to block out the noise from the skies as he stood next to Her Majesty on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
The full flypast will feature more than 60 aircraft, including the Red Arrows and the full Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
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