It was a mixture of emotions for personnel of Number 207 Squadron from RAF Marham last weekend when the flypast for His Majesty The King’s Coronation was reduced due to the weather conditions. F-35B Lightning aircraft from 207 Squadron had been due to take part in the flypast and the Squadron had been prepping for a number of weeks to launch a formation of 6 aircraft to fly together with aircraft from other RAF Squadrons, the Royal Navy and Army to commemorate this momentous occasion. Unfortunately the weather on the day, in particular the low cloud base and visibility, meant that the only aircraft that could take part in the flypast on the day were Helicopters and the Red Arrows.
Officer Commanding 207 Squadron, Commander Tim Flatman said “Yes it was disappointing on the day that we could not participate but we all understood the reasons why and safety must always take priority. The build-up to the day was a fantastic opportunity for the Squadron to launch 7 aircraft and to practise manoeuvring with a large formation, which we don’t do routinely. The whole Squadron and wider Station worked tirelessly over the weeks preceding the Coronation and I am proud of everyone that worked so hard to put this together”.
Residents in the local area had been lucky enough to see some of the practise formation flying over the last few weeks.