A Royal Air Force flypast led by an all-female crew will take to the skies to cheer on England ahead of the Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 final.

A C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, with a crew of three, will be flanked by two Typhoon fighter jets before the 5pm kick-off.

The planes will fly over at 4.57pm, immediately after the national anthems.

The Hercules will fly from RAF Brize Norton, while the Typhoons will take off from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

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

 

 

The RAF and RAF Coningsby station women’s football teams sent good luck messages The RAF and RAF Coningsby station women’s football teams sent good luck messages to the Lionesses (RAF/PA)

 

England played in front of a competition-record 68,871 attendance when opening their campaign with a 1-0 win over Austria at Old Trafford, and Sunday’s final at the national stadium is a sell-out.

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

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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