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All-female RAF crew from Brize Norton led flypast over Wembley Stadium for Lionesses

Byoxfordnewspaper

Aug 1, 2022

Planes from Brize Norton flown by an all-female crew led an RAF flypast to cheer on England ahead of their victory in the Euro 2022 final.

A C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, with a crew of three, was flanked by two Typhoon fighter jets.

The planes flew over Wembley at 4.57pm, immediately after the national anthems and just before kick-off at 5pm.

The Hercules flew from RAF Brize Norton, while the Typhoons took off from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

The Hercules was captained by a pilot named only as Flight Lieutenant Lauren, who has been in the Air Force for 12 years.

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She has deployed all over the world, including Afghanistan, where she helped train the first female Afghan pilots.

She said: "I am proud to be piloting the lead aircraft for the flypast over Wembley. I’ve flown missions all over the world, but this will be one of the most ­memorable.

"It’s been inspiring to watch the Lionesses progress and I will be loudly cheering them on as soon as I land back at RAF Brize Norton."

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “I wish the best of luck to the Lionesses as they take on Germany at Wembley.

“It’s a landmark day for English football and women’s sport and it’s fantastic that the Royal Air Force will be marking the occasion with a flypast featuring an all-female aircrew.”

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The Lionesses won the first major trophy in their history at Wembley winning Euro 2022.

Chloe Kelly’s extra-time goal at Wembley sealed a 2-1 victory over Germany.

It was also first major tournament triumph for a senior England team since the men’s 1966 World Cup triumph over West Germany.

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