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6 - 10 May: Naval Aviation comes to the capital

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For one week in May, the Invincible Class aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will make dramatic rendezvous with a selection of naval aircraft at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.  The ship will be moored in the Thames near the college, and will provide a spectacular backdrop for a series of aviation events, including the Centenary Flypast on 7th May.

Attractions include:


Centenary Flypast: 1200 on 7th May.  Every current Front Line helicopter type passing up the Thames over HMS Illustrious.

Flying demonstrations: 1400-1430, 9th and 10th May.  Naval helicopter role demonstration, in partnership with surface vessels.

Static Aircraft Park in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College(This will consist of a Gazelle, Lynx Mk3, Sea Harrier FA2, and a Sea King Mk6CR).

Merlin Simulator and Royal Navy information centre.

Royal Navy hot air balloon, tethered in college grounds.

Access to the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College and the static park is free, and there is no need to book in advance. The grounds are open daily from 08.00 to 18.00.

The flypast and flying demonstrations can be viewed easily from the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College.

HMS Illustrious will be moored to buoys in the river, and hence access will be restricted to organised group tours.  Unfortunately, spaces for these tours have already been filled.  The ship will, however, be in full view from the riverside.

The nearest Docklands Light Railway station is Cutty Sark.  The DLR can be reached from Jubilee Line tubes to Canary Wharf.  Nearest mainline rail is Greenwich and Maze Hill, both a 12-15 minute walk from the college.

Map of Greenwich and flypast route:

Greenwich Map