Crowds annoyed at RAF Derwent Dambusters flypast mix-up

Many had left the area when they heard the RAF Typhoon roar overhead in the Derwent Valley.

Media playback is unsupported on your device
The Typhoon was drafted in to replace a Lancaster bomber in a memorial flight

Crowds of people were left disappointed after a mix-up led to them missing a flypast by an RAF Typhoon over the Derwent Dam.

Spectators were initially informed a Lancaster Bomber, marking the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, would not fly due to bad weather.

They were then told its replacement, a Typhoon, would also not fly, only for it to roar over minutes later.

The RAF has apologised to those who attended the event for the confusion.

Sqn Ldr Andy Millikin, the Officer Commanding the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, tweeted that the Lancaster, and later the Typhoon, could not make it to the dams due to poor weather.

However, not long after his post the Typhoon flew overhead as many people had already started leaving the Ladybower Reservoir area.

Many people were leaving when the Typhoon thundered overhead

Sharon Fitton, who was one of many people who were annoyed about the mix-up, tweeted: "What a shame thousands of people waiting for hours to read flyby cancelled, yet Typhoon has just flown over all leaving spectators. Poor show RAF."

Stuart Needham added: "I've got some footage of me and my missus in the pub listening to the sound of a jet flying overhead after reading and being told by a copper it had been cancelled."

However, others defended the decision.

It is understood that the confusion arose when the pilot said he could not fly the proposed route due to low cloud.

However, he overcame the problem by flying in a different direction but this message was not passed on.

Many people turned up to watch the Typhoon fly over the dam

The flypast was to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid by 617 Squadron.

The Lancaster was meant to leave RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, and fly through the Derwent Valley over Chatsworth towards Rolls Royce in Derby and then Eyebrook Reservoir in Leicestershire.




Date: 16 May 2018 | Source: BBC

More UK News

Shankill bomb: A dark day amid talks of peace

An end to violence seemed as far away as ever after the Shankill bomb in Belfast in 1993

Invictus Games: Athlete comforted in moving on-court moment

UK competitor Paul Guest was embraced by his team-mate after being unsettled by a helicopter

Universities: Is free speech under threat?

BBC Reality Check looks at whether universities have banned books, speakers or changed course conten..

'One stroke took my speech away - I think another brought it back'

Four years ago, Peter had a stroke and lost the ability to speak. This year, on the day he had a sec..

Budget 2018: How does the government collect and spend our money?

A breakdown of where the government's money comes from and where it goes

Somebody to love! How Rami Malek became Freddie Mercury

The actor explains the lengths he went to to avoid his portrayal of the Queen star becoming a crude ..
View More

More Telford News

 Telford youngsters awarded BBC Blue Peter badges for helping others to smile

Two Telford schoolgirls are grinning from ear to ear after being awarded B..

 Telford firm Avara Foods creates 150 new jobs

One of the UK’s biggest food businesses and a major employer in Telford ha..

 Chief reassures public after Telford speed camera worker sacked

West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner has said he hopes the swift ac..

 Research teams that provide health services in Shropshire scoop awards

Two research teams at a trust providing health services in Shropshire have..

 College is praised by education select committee chairman

The chairman of parliament’s education select committee has described Telfo..

 Telford Community Pride Awards shortlists announced

A shortlist of individuals, groups and businesses from across the borough f..
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

[[countdown here]]
[[countdown here]]

Upcoming Events in Telford

24 Oct 2018

Wed 24 Oct - 7:30pm
Thu 25 Oct - 7:30pm
Fri 26 Oct - 7:30pm
Sat 27 Oct - 2:30pm
Sat 27 Oct - 7:30pm


Tickets £15


Group offer: £12 tickets for groups of 20+ per performance

View Details

27 Oct 2018

6- 9pm


Adult & 60+ - £13

Child (aged 3-15) - £9.50
Child (aged 0-2) - FREE
Family (2+2) - £40

Please note Passport tickets are not valid for this event and dogs will not be allowed.

Tickets must be purchased in advance either online

Dogs will not be allowed and remember to bring a torch.

View Details

30 Oct 2018

2.30pm


Tickets £11

Suitable for 5+

Show running time (approx) : 40 minutes - 15 minute interval - 30 minutes

View Details

31 Oct 2018

7:30pm


Tickets £24

Concession £22

View Details

31 Oct 2018

6:30 - 8:30pm


Children: £5.99

Adults: £1.99

Under 2's: £2.25

Under 1's: Free

View Details
View More