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Date posted: 28-03-2014
There are few sights or sounds of aviation able to generate more powerful emotions than the iconic Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane fighters of WWII. These two were the victors of the Battle of Britain conflict fought in the air over southern England between 10th July and 31st October 1940 in which the service men and women of RAF Biggin Hill played a heroic part in the defence of London.
The two fighters will be joined this year by the Flight’s Douglas C-47, a military version of the DC-3 Dakota and famous as a rugged and reliable transport aircraft used in a variety of roles in WWII including air-dropping of paratroops into war zones, delivery of ammunition and supplies to forward bases, towing troop-carrying gliders and casualty evacuation. Dressed in the black-and-white stripes of the invasion marking for D-Day, the C-47 will fly to Biggin Hill from France after celebrating the 70th anniversary of the launch of Operation Overlord on the beaches of Normandy on 6th June 1944 a few days earlier.
The formation of the RAF Historic Aircraft Flight at RAF Biggin Hill in 1957 with three Spitfires provided the nucleus for today’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, now based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, The Flight provides a living memorial for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in RAF service. Their motto is ‘Lest we Forget’
The Biggin Hill Festival of Flight will be open to the public on Saturday 14th June and will feature a special tribute to the RAF Aerobatic Team ‘The Red Arrows’ to mark their 50th display season in 2014.
Tickets will be on sale through the Festival website: www.BHFOF.co.uk
For further information on the Red Arrows team, see their website at: www.raf.mod.uk/reds/
For further information on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, see their website at: www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/
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