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RED ARROWS RETURN TO BIGGIN HILL TO MARK BATTLE OF BRITAIN 75TH ANNIVERSARY

RedArrows1The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team ‘The Red Arrows’ will be making a welcome return to Biggin Hill Airport on Saturday 13th June when they will  display in the 2nd Festival of Flight that will be marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with several very special air events.

The team has a new Leader this year, Squadron Leader David Montenegro (38) who hails from South London and was educated at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich. He joined the RAF in 1999 and flew as a team member from 2009 for three years, culminating with the role of Red 6, synchro leader.  He has also flown on Operation Herrick in Afghanistan and has played a leading role in the development of the Afghan Air Force.

Team Supervisor for the Red Arrows this year is 35-year old Squadron Leader Mike Ling (35) who is another south Londoner.  Educated at St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington, he was a cadet with 2427 (Biggin Hill) Squadron ATC.  He flew Tucano with 72 squadron and the Tornado F3 with Treble One squadron followed by a 3-year appointment to the team 2008 – 2010.  In his latest posting, he supervises all practices and displays and coordinates the team’s display season. He will also provide the commentary for team displays in the summer.

The Festival of Flight will feature also feature specially created displays by Hurricanes and Spitfires of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight from RAF Coningsby and by the Heritage Hangar based at the airport.

A unique item in the 75th year since the Battle of Britain will be a formation flying sequence involving a Spitfire and an RAF Typhoon, the two current front line fighters of 1940 and 2015 respectively.

Also making welcome appearances in the air and on the ground at the Festival will be a Messerschmitt 109G WWII fighter from Germany, a P51 Mustang and the Boeing B17 Fortress celebrating its 40th year as a UK-based display aircraft.

Tickets will go on sale on 1st April and will be limited to a maximum of 18,000, all to be pre-sold.  The Festival of Flight website will carry full details of the event and ticketing arrangements – see www.bhfof.com