Spitfire and Lancaster bomber mark Armed Forces Day in Llandudno

Watch out! Spitfire and Lancaster bomber look like they are having a close call as they mark Armed Forces Day with spectacular flying show

A photographer captured the moment two of the most iconic planes in Britain’s history flew just yards apart in the skies above North Wales.

A Lancaster bomber – the type of plane which carried out the Dambusters raid – and a Spitfire fighter – the like of which defended the UK during the Battle of Britain – flew alongside each other on Saturday to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

The two aircraft were joined by a Hawker Hurricane, another Battle of Britain fighter, and flew in tight formation to wow crowds of 250,000 in Llandudno.

The 10th annual Armed Forces Day, which celebrates the work of the Army, Navy and Air Force, also saw a military parade in the town, which was watched by Princess Anne, Theresa May, and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.  

A Lancaster Bomber and a Spitfire, each of which have their own distinctive engine sound, fly side-by-side through the skies of North Wales yesterday to mark Armed Forces Day, which celebrates the work of the Army, Navy and the Air Force

The Lancaster which flew in the air show is one of only two of the  aircraft remaining in airworthy condition out of the 7,377 that were built. It roared through the air on Saturday despite having rolled off the production line at the Vickers Armstrong Broughton factory at Hawarden Airfield, Chester on 31 May 1945

The Spitfire which took part in the show is one of six maintained by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, whch operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire

A Hawker Hurricane (top), the like of which also took part in the Battle of Britain, joined the Spitfire and Lancaster in the air

The Spitfire showed off the agility which helped it dominate the skies of the English Channel more than seven decades ago

The three iconic aircraft wowed crowds at an Armed Forces Day celebration in the North Wales town on Saturday

Visitors watched the beautifully-maintained four-engine Lancaster, perhaps the best known bomber plane of the Second World War, soar through the air off the North Wales coast


The pace of the show changed when a Mach 1.8 (1.500mph) Typhoon fighter, one of the RAF’s most state-of-the-art fighters, arrived on the scene to shows off its agility and speed

The fourth-generation air-to-air fighter is one of those run by the RAF’s Typhoon Display Team, also based in Coningsby

The barnstorming air show was completed by the RAF’s Red Arrows display team with their incredible synchronised display

The Red Arrows drew a heart in the sky off the North Wales coast, to the delight of the 250,00 people who looked on

The seven-plane display team filled the sky over the Irish Sea with their distinctive three-colour vapour trails

The BAE Hawks screeched made an impressive entranced as they screeched over the cliffs above Llandudno on Saturday

The weather was perfect for the aerobatics team, based at RAF Scampton, whose vapour trails stood out against the blue sky

Military personnel were showered in ticker-tape as they marched through Llandudno on Armed Forces Day on Saturday

Princess Anne, pictured, took the salute at the parade, which was watched by 100,000 people, including the Prime Minister


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