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Fly Navy 100 over Liverpool

The Royal Navy's last big event for 'Fly Navy 100' was in Liverpool.


RAF Shawbury hosted most of the participants in the flypast. A spotters' day enabled enthusiasts to get up close to the majority of aircraft - top marks to the station's public relations team for a fine event. All images Key - Gary Parsons

October 23: As part of the Royal Navy’s ‘Fly Navy 100’ celebrations to mark this year’s centenary of Naval Aviation, HMS Illustrious berthed alongside the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool between October 23 and 26.

His Royal Highness the Duke of York, the Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm, was the guest of honour onboard Illustrious and the occasion was marked by a flypast. There were three public flying displays over the River Mersey during the course of the weekend.

The flypast on the Friday consisted of up to 40 current and historic types - the modern navy was represented by Merlin, Sea King, Lynx and Squirrel helicopters together with Falcon, Hawk and Harrier jets and Jetstream, Firefly and Tutor trainers. Historic types were limited to a Chipmunk and Seafire. Most of the aircraft operated from RAF Shawbury, where a spotters’ day was held attracting around 150 enthusiasts from across the country, raising nearly £1,500 for Station charities.

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