On July 10, 1940, one of the greatest air battles in human history began, as bombers from the German Luftwaffe streaked over the skies of the United Kingdom and the Royal Air Force screamed up from airfields to counter them. 75 years later, the RAF once again took to the skies over London to commemorate the start of the battle, the first to be fought entirely between air forces.
Today, the Battle of Britain is considered a huge turning point in the early stages of World War II, as Hitler's Nazi forces failed in their nearly four-month-long campaign to establish air superiority over the United Kingdom.
The UK's current frontline fighter, the Eurofighter Typhoon, joined two of the most prominent fighter aircraft from the battle, the iconic Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane. The British royal family observed the exercise from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Six surviving participants of the Battle of Britain also took in the flybys.
You can check out the Spitfires, Hurricanes, and Typhoons in action in the video up top.