125th anniversary of the opening of the Forth Bridge

Celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Forth Bridge on the 4th March 1890 included a flypast by an RAF Typhoon and Spitfire.

The bridge was opened by the Prince of Wales who drove the last rivet into the bridge with the assistance of William Arrol. At the luncheon following the opening the Prince of Wales made a speech in which he announced that Queen Victoria had conferred a knighthood on William Arrol in recognition of his great achievement in the construction of the bridge.

The flypast was chosen to remember the Forth Bridge Raid in 1939 when the German Luftwaffe first attacked British shores. Their target was the Navy base at Rosyth and as the RAF’s Spitfire engaged the enemy a dogfight ensued above the bridge.

Footage taken from the Spitfire cockpit can be seen on this You Tube video.