Queen’s final flight becomes most tracked ever

Queen Elizabeth’s last flight on Tuesday has become the most tracked flight in history, according to an online service that collects such data.

Flightradar24 said the Royal Air Force flight carrying the body of the late monarch from Edinburgh, Scotland, to RAF Northolt near London ahead of Monday’s state funeral was followed by 5 million people via its web and mobile app services.

Queen Elizabeth II’s last flight sets a record for flight tracking.

Between web, apps and livestream, 5 million people followed the flight from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt on Flightradar24. https://t.co/sCCrSadVLk pic.twitter.com/sdE9VMyH8f

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) September 13, 2022

Flightradar24 revealed that the interest in the flight, which lasted about 70 minutes, placed an “unprecedented tension” on the platform, causing problems for some of those watching the progress of the Boeing C17-A Globemaster III aircraft as it took off. was to London 32o miles to the south.

Those tracking the flight made an astonishing 76.2 million requests on the site, described by Flightradar24 as “any action by a user, such as clicking the flight icon, clicking the aircraft information in the left box, or adjusting settings.”

In a statement about the record-breaking flight, Flightradar24 said: “We expected a large influx of users, but this immediate, huge spike was more than we expected. About 600,000 users were able to successfully track the flight before performance deteriorated.

“As the stability of the site suffered, we took additional steps to ensure that Flightradar24 remained accessible to as many users as possible, and users who were unable to access the site could continue to follow the flight via live stream. [on YouTube].”

It added: “Although our platform suffered under such a heavy load, Queen Elizabeth II’s last flight from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt is by far the most tracked flight of all time on Flightradar24 and will likely remain at the top for a long time to come.”

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 in Balmoral, Scotland, after 70 years on the throne. The passing of the nation’s longest-serving monarch has dominated the headlines in the UK, and with so much interest in related events such as King Charles III’s proclamation and preparations for the Queen’s funeral, it is perhaps not surprising that so many people curious about Tuesday’s flight.

Flightradar24’s previous tracking record was recently set by the plane carrying US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei for her controversial trip to Taiwan, in which about 2.2 million people visited Flightradar24 to track the plane while it was in the air.

Flightradar24 was founded in 2006 by two Swedish aviation enthusiasts. The cross-platform service now tracks about 200,000 flights a day and has several million daily users, including everyone from serious aviation enthusiasts to those checking a loved one’s flight.

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