FINAL PREPARATIONS MOVING INTO PLACE FOR BIGGIN HILL’S FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT
Date posted: 29-05-2015
Final preparations for an extensive day of entertainment, celebration and commemoration at the airport’s 2nd Festival of Flight in association with MetroBank on Saturday 13th June are steadily moving into place. Building on the success of 2014, the Festival will have a longer flying display and more to see and do in the showground. Highlights this year include:
- A full display by the RAF Aerobatic Team “The Red Arrows” at the beginning of their 51st season as one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams. The team promotes the professional excellence of the Royal Air Force worldwide and their performances and evolutions never fail to amaze and impress spectators.
- A commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the most famous air campaign of history – the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940 in which men and women of RAF Biggin Hill played a leading role. A specially choreographed airfield attack has been planned by test pilot Dan Griffiths and Peter Monk of the Heritage Hangar in which Hurricanes and Spitfires will engage with Messerschmitt 109’s in an attack sequence, a high degree of realism being provided by a special effects team controlling a range of elaborate pyrotechnics. Spectators will gain a lasting impression of the sight and sound of an airfield under bombardment, as was RAF Biggin Hill on many occasions throughout the summer of 1940.
- First appearance ever at Biggin Hill of an original Messerschmitt 109G-4 fighter of the Nazi Luftwaffe with its distinctive Daimler Benz 605A engine. This unique aircraft was restored by the Messerschmitt Foundation in conjunction with the former Daimler Benz Aerospace AG which is now a part of Airbus Group. The aircraft is maintained by an Airbus team at the Messerschmitt Museum at Manching and will be flown at Biggin Hill by Airbus test pilot Klaus Plasa.
- RAF Chinook HC.4, the versatile and battle-proven helicopter that serves front line operations in theatres or conflict.
- Royal Navy ‘Black Cats’ helicopter team equipped with the Lynx Wildcat and the RN Historic Flight demonstrating the Fairy Swordfish biplane that served with distinction during WWII as a torpedo launcher.
- Bristol Blenheim – a bomber of early years in WWII that has had a total rebuild and returns to Biggin Hill with a new look.
- The Breitling Wingwalkers with their dazzling display of wing-top performances by gymnastic artistes.
- Top class aerobatics from the 4-ship Yakovlev team, the Matadors and the G-Force Aerobatics.
The Showground and stage will provide excitement and a variety of entertainment for all the family. Here are some of the ground-based highlights:
- WWII re-enactors, a glimpse of RAF air and ground crews of 1940 with authentic uniforms and equipment.
- The Roundel Run Car Rally, finishing with a flourish at Biggin Hill after a testing navigation exercise around Surrey, Sussex and Kent that will be started in the early morning at Brooklands Museum. The Rally brings a collection of classic and modern vehicles to be on show.
- Putting on the Blitz – on stage. This singing quartet was awarded the Best Musical Performance prize at the 2014 National Vintage Awards. They specialise in the music of the 1940’s with timeless songs and close vocal harmonies.
- West End Kids – on stage. An elite song & dance troupe of talented performers from across the UK.
- The Patriot Girls – on stage. Three incredible female vocalists singing in a broad range of styles in glorious harmony. They know well how to interact with their audiences.
- The Model Zone. Radio-controlled boats at a boating lake, a track with radio-controlled cars and some stunning model aircraft being put through their paces.
- Many food and drink providers that will suit all family tastes.
- Motor car distributors showing all the latest models.
Gates will open at 9.30am and the morning period is devoted to ground-based activities and entertainments. The stage acts will be hosted and introduced by Michael Traboulsi, an award-winning show organiser and presenter.
Model aircraft will open the flying display at 1.00pm and the display will continue throughout the afternoon, set to conclude with a solo Spitfire display as a final tribute of the day to The Few at around 5.30pm.
Show attendance is limited to 18,000 spectators. Organiser Colin Hitchins says those who wish to attend on 13th June and are not yet ticketed should take steps to acquire tickets sooner rather than later.
“The limit is set in order to avoid overcrowding and when that level is reached, sales will close. There will no sales facility on the day of the Festival” says Colin.
For ticket purchase on-line and Festival information, go to website www.bhfof.com or call the Box Office on 01689 300005 during office hours.
The Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2015 is presented in partnership with MetroBank.