RAF Northolt celebrated 100 years of military operations at the weekend with its centenary open day.
On Saturday (June 13), the station opened its gates to the families of its personnel, service veterans and the public, with 11,000 visitors pouring in to enjoy a "fantastic day" in spite of grey skies.
Crowds were treated to a thrilling aerial display from ‘Sally B’, the only remaining airworthy B-17, and a Spitfire ML407. A Bücker Jungmeister and the RV8tors provided the heart-stopping aerobatics.
One VIP guest was Second World War veteran Colonel Frantiszek Kornicki, who piloted one of the smaller aircraft into RAF Northolt, having last visited in 1940 as a pilot on 303 Squadron.
On the ground, visitors got up close to a variety of aircraft and the Queen’s Colour Squadron and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force performed.
There were more than 100 military and civilian stands.
Station Commander Group Captain Andy Bacon said: “It was a great way to celebrate RAF Northolt’s Centenary.
“I’m exceptionally proud of Northolt personnel, but I’m extra proud today.
“The team here have put in a huge amount of work for this open day over many months and this was very much reflected in the superb show that they put on.
“I’m also delighted to be able to give something back to those who support us – families, local communities, the local councils and business and for us to be able to open up our gates and welcome so many people to Northolt.”
The event organiser, Wing Commander Mark Farrell, was also delighted at how the day had gone.
He said: “Organisation for the open day started nine months ago and I couldn’t have asked for more from the team.
“The weather meant we had to work that little bit harder on some of the flying elements on the day, but everything came together superbly in the end.”