Spitfire and Typhoon flypast to celebrate Forth Bridge’s 125th anniversary

Celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Forth Bridge reached a climax with the flypast from a replica Spitfire and an RAF Typhoon.

As the bright afternoon sunshine cut through an otherwise chilly winter day, members of the public flocked to North Queensferry seeking any vantage point they could ahead of the event which took place 125 years to the day since the opening of the cantilever structure on March 4, 1890.

The inclusion of the Spitfire in the flypast, which started at 1.25 p.m. was in tribute to the Forth Bridge raid by German Luftwaffe pilots, the first air raid on Britain, on October 16, 1939.

It’s a popular misconception that the Luftwaffe were targeting the bridge, when in fact it has since been confirmed that they were actually targeting boats at Rosyth naval base, a mile further up the coast.

The cruisers HMS Southampton and HMS Edinburgh as well as the destroyer HMS Mohawk were damaged in the raid.

Coming in straight up the Forth, the Typhoon flew once directly over the bridge before being followed by the Spitfire which conducted a double loop around the iconic rail structure before heading off.

Special celebration for iconic Forth Bridge

Special celebration for iconic Forth Bridge

The flight was one of several events taking place in a week-long celebration. Network Rail staff will take 250 people to the top of its towers in a bid to raise almost £40,000 for The Prince’s Trust, while 300 more are expected to abseil from the bridge at the Fife side this weekend in a bid to raise £125,000 for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.