RAF Globemaster is providing vital military aid to Ukraine just weeks after the Queen approved the plane – which repatriated the bodies of British soldiers – to carry her coffin, adding: ‘If it’s good enough for my boys , that’s good enough for me”
- The RAF’s C-17 Globemaster was used to fly the Queen’s coffin from Edinburgh to London
- Less than a month later, it was delivering critical military supplies to Ukraine
- Transported 35,000 pounds of high-explosive warheads to an airbase in Eastern Europe
- The aircraft was recently renamed Lizzie in honor of the late Her Majesty
Less than a month after transporting the Queen’s coffin from Edinburgh to London for the Sovereign’s state funeral, this RAF C-17 Globemaster was providing vital military aid to bolster Ukraine’s response against Vladimir Putin.
The C-17 was carrying 35,000 pounds of high-explosive warheads – 62 precision-guided Brimstone missiles, each capable of destroying a Russian tank or bunker position 25 miles away – to an unidentified air base in Eastern Europe. ‘East, near the war zone.
The plane, recently renamed Lizzie in honor of Her late Majesty, was piloted by Flight Lieutenant Searle, 32, the only female pilot in 99 Squadron.
She said: ‘I have done six of these missions since the middle of this year. There are so many stakes – we just want to play our part. The RAF really stepped up.
The Queen’s coffin was flown from Edinburgh to London in an RAF C-17 Globemaster (pictured)
And less than a month later, the same plane is being used to provide essential military aid to bolster Ukraine’s response to Vladimir Putin.
The late Queen is said to have approved the plane, which had previously been used to repatriate the bodies of British soldiers from Afghanistan, to transport her coffin, saying: “If it’s good enough for my boys, it’s good enough for me,” according to Mike Tindall, husband of Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall.
The Queen’s coffin was accompanied on its journey from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt in west London by the Princess Royal, ahead of the state funeral.
Pete Bond, who Mr Tindall said was tasked when a staff officer in 2009 to review plans for moving the Queen’s coffin if she died overseas, reportedly wrote that a BAE 146 business jet was to carry the Queen, but access to its cargo bay was difficult and it was replaced by the larger C-17.
Pallbearers from the Queen’s Color Squadron, a unit formed in 1960 which provides a safe escort to the Colour, carried the Queen’s coffin from the military plane to the State hearse ahead of her resting period at Westminster Hall.
A senior RAF source said: ‘Thorough and comprehensive planning has been carried out by the Army for the disappearance of Her Majesty The Queen.’ The most appropriate means were used throughout the operation.
Pallbearers from the Queen’s Color Squadron, a unit formed in 1960 which provides a safe escort to the Colour, carried the Queen’s coffin from the military jet to the State hearse ahead of her resting period at Westminster Hall.
More than six million people had tried to follow the flight which was greeted by three officers and 96 non-commissioned gunners, poignantly used to mark each year of the extraordinary life of the late monarch, who had gathered on the airfield shortly before the plane landed after a short flight from Edinburgh.