Coffin for Queen Elizabeth II was flown on an RAF Globemaster C-17 on a Tuesday evening. It was kept in state at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. It has been reported that about 6 million people had tried to follow the British Royal Air Force Transport. It was taking Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Edinburgh in Scotland to London. It has become the most tracked flight in history.
The previous record was held by a US military aircraft that carried US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan last month. It was followed by 2.2 million people. Nearly 6 million people tried to follow the Globemaster C-17 flight from Edinburgh to RAF within its first minute in the air. It was reported by Flightradar24. This huge and sudden traffic caused disruptions to the website. Flightradar24 is a website where users can track the path of planes in the air. Approximately more than 4.79 million people watched on the website and about 296,000 watched on the Youtube stream.
Also, note that the flight used the call sign “Kittyhawk”. It is used for any military flight with the Queen on board. This aircraft was used earlier to take humanitarian aid and to provide weapons to Ukraine after Russia’s invasion. Liz Truss and Ben Wallace were among those who were waiting at RAF Northolt for the flight carrying the coffin of the late Queen.
Queen passed away at the age of 96 at her Balmoral Castle summer residence in Scotland in September. Flightradar24 said that they have taken necessary steps to make its platform as stable as possible before the take-off of the aircraft.
Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on August 2. There was uncertainty about whether Pelosi would follow through on her pledge to visit Taiwan. China had declared that it is a rebel province that should be reunified with the mainland by the force. When Pelosi boarded the flight to Taiwan it attracted interest as she was the highest-ranked American official to visit Taiwan in the last 25 years.
Flightradar24 advised that with the experience of the past month they anticipated that there will be huge traffic but not this much as it was beyond their expectation.