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The map shows the overflight route of the Red Arrows Coronation

The Coronation Flight Route – click to enlarge (Image:

More than 60 aircraft, including the Red Arrows, will fly by this afternoon to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. rise into the air.

However, there are fears that the event will have to be canceled due to rain. Sir Michael Wigston, Air Chief Marshal of the Royal Air Force (RAF), stated there was a 50/50 chance of it happening.

But in line with King Charles’ desire for a “slimmed-down” event, it will be 10 times smaller than the drive-by for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.

Royals will watch the flyby from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, which will feature historic aircraft such as Spitfires and modern jets.

It follows the flyby for Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which was attended by more than 70 aircraft.

So what is the route for the Coronation flyby and where can you see it?

Here’s what you need to know.

When and what time is the coronation flight?

The coronation flight with the Red Arrows will be there 2.30 p.m(weather permitting) after the ceremony at Westminster Abbey this morning.

The red arrows over Trafalgar Square trail red, white and blue smoke

The Red Arrows put on a show at the anniversary and will appear in the coronation flight (Image: Antony Jones/Getty Images)

It will last around six minutes and will include historic Spitfires and 16 helicopters in formation, RAF transport aircraft and Lightning jets, among others.

The full lineup of aircraft is yet to be confirmed, but a Lancaster bombers and Typhoons took part in the 30-strong rehearsal in Lincolnshire this week.

What is the Coronation Flight Route?

Coronation of King Charles III. At latest

The historic coronation of Her Majesties King Charles III. and Queen Camilla takes place today (6 May) at Westminster Abbey.

For the latest royal updates, visit’s dedicated Coronations page.

Some aircraft will fly south from the Norfolk coast via Thetford while others will fly in from the North Sea via Southwold and then Ipswich. From this point they will all follow the same route.

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The planes will fly to London via Essex and will also fly in parts of Surrey as well as Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire as they disperse.

Each area is divided into zones and these are the approximate time periods to keep an eye out based on when the airspace should be restricted:

Where to watch the Coronation Flight – approximate times and major cities in each zone

  • Zone A – 1.15pm to 3pm (North Sea, Gt. Yarmouth), not below 17,500ft.
  • Zone B (Thetford, Swaffham) – 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., no lower than 5,500 feet.
  • Zone C – (Ipswich) 2pm to 3pm, no below 7,000ft.
  • Zone D – (Chelmsford, Colchester) 2:00pm to 2:45pm.
  • Zone E – (London, Slough) 2:10pm to 2:45pm, no lower than 2,500ft.
  • Zone F – (Croydon) 2:20 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., no lower than 2,500 feet.
  • Zone G – (Oxford, Reading, Swindon) 2:20pm to 3:00pm.
  • Zone H – (Cirencester) 2:20 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., no lower than 10,500 feet.
  • Zone I – (Tidworth) 2:20 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., no lower than 10,500 feet.

Full list of aircraft expected to participate

The following aircraft took part in the rehearsal but the cast will be confirmed soon and as always is subject to change.

Red Arrows fly over Buckingham Palace seen from above

The royals will be watching from the balcony of Buckingham Palace as they did at the anniversary (Image: PETER MACDIARMID/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

  • Juno HT1 Helicopter (Spectre) – ZM504, ZM512, ZM532
  • Wildcat HMA2 Helicopter (Seacat) – ZZ517
  • Wildcat AH1 Helicopter (Nighthawk) – ZZ520
  • Apache Helicopter (Nighthawk) – ZM717, ZM723
  • Wildcat AH1 Helicopter (Command) – ZZ524
  • Merlin Helicopter (Command) – ZJ122
  • Chinook Helicopter (Lifter) – ZH897
  • Puma Helicopter (Lifter) – XW235
  • BBMF Lancaster-PA474
  • Phenom T1 (camel) – ZM334
  • Texan T1 (camel) – ZM343, ZM324
  • C-130 Hercules (Griffin) – ZH867, ZH870
  • A400M Atlas (Griffin) – ZM409
  • C-17 Globemaster III (Blackcat) – ZZ173
  • Voyager (tartan) – ZZ343
  • A400 Atlas (Blenheim?) – ZM407
  • Poseidon MRA1 (Guernsey) – ZP806
  • RC-135 Riveted Joint (Guernsey) – ZZ664
  • 6x F-35B Lightnings (Sinking) – ZM143, ZM144, ZM146, ZM156, ZM161, ZM164
  • 3x Typhoons (Cobra) – ZK376, ZJ947, ZK439
  • 3x Typhoons (Warlord) – ZK437, ZK381, ZK309
  • Envoy IV (Falcon 900) (Royal) – G-ZABH

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