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In Pictures: Red Arrows descend on Downing Street to mark RAF centenary

The replica Hawk was deployed as the famous airborne force celebrates 100 years of defending the UK.

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A Red Arrows jet in Downing Street (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

A Red Arrows jet in Downing Street (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

A Red Arrows jet in Downing Street (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The RAF is 100 years old, and the occasion has been marked in Downing Street by an eyecatching display.

A Red Arrows Hawk jet, or at least a replica of one, was deployed outside the Prime Minister’s residence to mark the Royal Air Force’s anniversary.

Theresa May praised the force’s contribution to the nation in a street famous for all sorts of manoeuvres – but not necessarily the aerial kind.

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson stands next to the replica (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson stands next to the replica (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson stands next to the replica (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Prime Minister Theresa May stands with members of the RAF in Downing Street (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Prime Minister Theresa May stands with members of the RAF in Downing Street (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Prime Minister Theresa May stands with members of the RAF in Downing Street (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Junior ranks from the RAF, Fleet Air Arm, and Army Air Corps, wait to greet personnel from the Army, Navy and RAF, at a RAF100 reception recognising the contribution the Army and Navy played in the formation of the RAF (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Junior ranks from the RAF, Fleet Air Arm, and Army Air Corps, wait to greet personnel from the Army, Navy and RAF, at a RAF100 reception recognising the contribution the Army and Navy played in the formation of the RAF (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Junior ranks from the RAF, Fleet Air Arm, and Army Air Corps, wait to greet personnel from the Army, Navy and RAF, at a RAF100 reception recognising the contribution the Army and Navy played in the formation of the RAF (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Prime Minister Theresa May walks with Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Prime Minister Theresa May walks with Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Prime Minister Theresa May walks with Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Second World War Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Mary Ellis, who delivered Spitfires, arrives in Downing Street, London (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Second World War Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Mary Ellis, who delivered Spitfires, arrives in Downing Street, London (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Second World War Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Mary Ellis, who delivered Spitfires, arrives in Downing Street, London (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Ms Ellis speaks with cadets (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Ms Ellis speaks with cadets (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Ms Ellis speaks with cadets (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson (centre) arrives in Downing Street (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson (centre) arrives in Downing Street (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson (centre) arrives in Downing Street (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to personnel from the Army, Navy and RAF (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to personnel from the Army, Navy and RAF (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to personnel from the Army, Navy and RAF (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Prime Minister Theresa May stands with members of the RAF in front of a replica of a Hawk jet (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Prime Minister Theresa May stands with members of the RAF in front of a replica of a Hawk jet (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Prime Minister Theresa May stands with members of the RAF in front of a replica of a Hawk jet (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier speaks at the Downing Street event (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier speaks at the Downing Street event (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier speaks at the Downing Street event (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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