/VE Day 2020: What time is the Red Arrows flypast and whats the route?

VE Day 2020: What time is the Red Arrows flypast and whats the route?

The Red Arrows performing a flypast.
The Red Arrows will mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day today in style. (Picture: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Although the events for the 75th anniversary of VE Day today will look a little different to what was originally planned, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate and mark the day in the UK during lockdown.

VE Day, which stands for Victory in Europe Day, was the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe.

This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic and the UK’s lockdown restrictions, stay at home street parties have been planned with social distancing in mind, the Queen will make a personal address from Windsor Castle where she is isolating with Prince Philip and a two minute silence will still be observed nationwide. 

There is also a Red Arrows flypast planned, but where do you need to be to see it and what time will the Royal Air Force’s Aerobatic Team be flying?

What time is the Red Arrows flypast and what is the route?

The Red Arrows were formed in late 1964, nearly two decades after VE Day and are based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands of England.

Today, to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, the Red Arrows will be flying over Buckingham Palace as part of the celebrations.

The Red Arrows are due to take off from their base at 9.37am, flying over Norfolk and the east coast of England before heading to London for the flypast.

Members of Britain's Red Arrows, the flying display team of the Royal Air Force (RAF) take part in a fly-past.
The Red Arrows will by flying down to London over Norfolk and the east coast of England. (Picture: BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Once they have flown over London, those in Berkshire may spot the squad as they fly west before returning to Lincolnshire by 10.33am.

If you are in a different part of the country and not under the Red Arrows’ flight path, you will still be able to see the celebratory flypast, as it is being broadcast on the BBC at 3pm today.

In a statement on their official Twitter account this morning the Red Arrows said: ‘On this, the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, the #RedArrows pay tribute and say thank you to those who valiantly defended our nation, our lives and our freedom. See more from the team on the BBC and other media later this morning.’

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