By Royal Appointment

Forty years ago, White Waltham’s celebration of the Queen’s silver jubilee brought together an outstanding range of aircraft old and new – but a memorable airliner display stole the show


The lowest of Capt Tony Smith’s low passes in British Airways VC10 Srs1101 G-ARVM. The forward fuselage of this aircraft is today preserved at Brooklands Museum.

The greatest collection of aircraft ever assembled”. A grand publicity claim indeed, but the Queen’s Silver Jubilee White Waltham Air Pageant was a true one-off. The sole airshow afforded official silver jubilee event status, it brought to the historic grass airfield in Berkshire a line-up of aeroplanes spanning some 65 years of evolution — and created its own air display legend.

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