News 11 july — 12:53

RAF centenary: Thousands watch flypast

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Thousands of people have gathered outside Buckingham Palace to watch a flypast of aircraft to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force, BBC reports.

Up to 100 planes representing the RAF over the years flew over The Mall following a parade by personnel.

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family saw the display - which included the new F-35 fighter and Spitfires - from the palace balcony.

Earlier they marked the centenary at a special service in Westminster Abbey.

The service began what the head of the RAF said would be a "tremendous" day of events to mark its 100 years.

Three F-35 Lightning stealth fighters were involved in the flypast - the first time the aircraft has been seen by the public.

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