Queen Elizabeth II

(1926-2022)

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When the Queen first reviewed her air force

In 1953, the new monarch inspected the RAF at its early post-war height

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Queen’s Silver Jubilee Review of the RAF in 1977

The Royal Air Force (RAF) pulled out all the stops to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 — but the occasion is still best remembered for a sleepy cabinet minister

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'I flew the Queen': behind the scenes with Royal Flight pilot

Safety, comfort, timing: those were the three key words when it came to flying members of the Royal Family. As a former Queen’s Flight pilot recalls, the responsibility brought with it some unique memories

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The BAe 146's battle to fly the Queen

“It would be a pity to saddle the Royal Family with such a conveyance into the next century”, wrote one senior Ministry of Defence official of the BAe 146. How did it overcome such opposition, and become the last new aircraft ordered for the Queen’s Flight?

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New monarch old aircraft: the Queen's Flight during its first two years

When Elizabeth II took the throne in 1952, the Queen’s Flight was a haven for outmoded equipment —a situation not destined to change in the new monarch’s first two years.

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Fate of the Canadair Argonaut once used in the 1952 royal trip to Kenya

Princess Elizabeth’s 1952 visit to Kenya has received increased attention as Her Majesty celebrates her Platinum Jubilee. Martin Needham discovers what became of the Canadair Argonaut used for the royal trip

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1935 RAF Review: By Royal Appointment

Held at Mildenhall and Duxford 85 years ago this July...