Can't See the RAF Centenary Flyby Over London? Don't Worry, There's an App for That

By Tom Pritchard on at

You may have noticed that this year is the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, and lot's being done to celebrate that fact - including a flyby over Central London on 10th July. If you want to see all the planes, and can't actually make it to the capital on that day, you needn't worry. There's actually an app that will let you watch the whole thing in augmented reality, no matter where you are.

RAF100 AR Flypast is available on Android and iOS, and features 35 different RAF aircraft including the iconic Red Arrows, the legendary Spitfire, and the newly developed F35-B. Those planes can be used to create your own personal flyby, which you can watch anytime you like, alongside a 3D visualisation of the full fleet of aircraft that will be flying over Buckingham Palace next Tuesday.

The app is also being used to promote the RAF Aircraft Tour, which will see various planes put on display at venues up and down the country. New planes will be released to the app as the tour progresses, and it begins today at the Horse Guards Parade in London. The venue will be open from 11am to 6pm until 9th July, after which it'll be packed up and headed off elsewhere. Other venues on the tour include:

  • Newcastle, Northern Ireland 10-12 August
  • Birmingham 25-27 August
  • Glasgow, 31 August – 2 September
  • Manchester 14-16 September

So if you want to gawp at some planes, whether in real life or through your phone screen, you've got plenty of options available to you.