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Date posted: 19-06-2014
The Red Arrows team captured hearts and minds at Biggin Hill on Saturday with a brilliant display of formation sequences and stunning cross-overs. Topping the bill in an afternoon of considerable variety of sights and sounds for spectators, the world’s premier aerobatic team performed a dazzling 30-minute to bring an action-packed afternoon to a close.
Earlier in the day, the striking Breitling Team of wingwalkers, flying two 1940’s Boeing Stearman biplanes in formation, had recreated the fearless glamour of the pioneering years of the 1930’s and thrilled the crowd with their aerial antics.
The familiar sound of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine pervaded the airfield when the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight presented their Hurricane and Spitfire in a coordinated display which showed these two WWII fighters at their best. Later during the afternoon, a spirited air battle between a Hurricane from the Heritage Hangar and a Messerschmitt Bf 109 of the German wartime Luftwaffe simulated the sound and the fury of air combat that typified the air battle in the sky above Kent during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
Victoria Borwick, the Deputy Mayor of London, and Cllr Julian Bennington, the newly-appointed Mayor of Bromley were received at the airport during the afternoon by Chairman Andrew Walters who hosted the Red Arrows team on stage to celebrate the team’s 50th season for a presentation of gifts. The Deputy Mayor described the team as ‘the pride of our nation, representing the very best of British skills and expertise’.
Will Curtis, Managing Director of the airport company said that the unqualified success of the event had been a pleasant surprise.
“We were delighted to have this opportunity to open the airport for so many from the local community and for such a special occasion. All tickets were sold in advance for the first time ever. We shall be looking at constructive comments that we have received with a view to improvements in traffic arrangements and other aspects for next year” he said.