Aviation highlights from the opening ceremonies of the Olympics

The London 2012 Olympic games have officially begun and so have the efforts of the International Olympic Committee to block any unauthorized videos of the opening ceremonies from being posted on the Internet (Yahoo Sports has a good collection of photos from the opening ceremonies here) but one video they have not blocked is this one of the Red Arrows flying over the Olympic Stadium and Hyde Park:

In this next video (if it has not yet been blocked!), the Queen is being escorted by no less than James Bond (Daniel Craig) to the opening ceremony:

Finally and on a non-aviation note, The Guardian has assembled this short but quirky animated history of the Olympic games on its Youtube channel:

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