Red Arrows honour Cunard’s 175th anniversary with a spectacular fly-past
Eyes were on the skies in Liverpool at 4.15pm today as the RAF Red Arrows performed a surprise flypast over Queen Mary 2 to mark Cunard's 175th anniversary.
The sight of them in close formation thrilled spectators who had gathered along Prince’s Parade to see Cunard’s flagship and the nine Red Arrows jets in dramatic combination.
The Red Arrows salute Cunard’s 175th anniversary with their fly-past in Liverpool
The world’s leading aerobatics team provided the flypast as Queen Mary 2 celebrated the company’s 175th anniversary to the day in her “spiritual home” of Liverpool.
This evening the flagship continues the celebrations with a transatlantic crossing to New York, calling en route at Halifax and Boston to re-create the original Liverpool/Halifax/Boston voyage of Cunard’s first ship, Britannia, back in 1840.
Cunard’s Marketing Director, Angus Struthers, said: “Just six weeks after the RAF Red Arrows delivered the finishing touch to the Three Queens Liverpool Salute, it’s wonderful to have them perform a flypast over flagship Queen Mary 2 on the exact day 175 years ago that Cunard’s first ship inaugurated the first regular transatlantic service, on 4 July 1840. It was the perfect send-off as Queen Mary 2 prepares to sail to North America on this special 175th anniversary voyage that pays tribute to the early days of the company that grew to become the Cunard we know today.”
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