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Date posted: 26-04-2016
Admission tickets for the 2016 Festival of Flight at Biggin Hill Airport on Saturday 11th June go on sale from this week. Application online to www.bhfof.com provides full details and also provides answers to frequently-asked questions.
The heritage of Biggin Hill Airport is synonymous with top class flying displays and matching high caliber ground events and entertainment. As successor to the International Air Fair series, the Festival of Flight is now well established in the summer calendar as a local community event. Once again, the RAF Aerobatic Team ‘The Red Arrows’ will top the bill with one of their dazzling displays and there will be opportunities to meet the pilots.
Another crowd favourite is the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight that will feature the Avro Lancaster bomber supported by the immortal Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. Individually and together, the trio will echo the outstanding contribution made by each aircraft during the years of WWll.
The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Fighter collection will be presenting one of their outstanding coordinated displays, flown by the UK’s leading display pilots.
Heritage aircraft on show in the air and in the static park include the Boeing B17 ‘Sally B’, the newly restored Bristol Blenheim, a P51 Mustang and the RN Historic Flight’s famous Swordfish, affectionately known as the ‘Stringbag’ by wartime aircrew.
The Breitling Wing Walkers Team will be stunning spectators with their sequence of elaborate manoeuvres while the glamorous lady wing-walkers go through their aerial dance routines and wave to the crowds.
Helicopters will be well represented by the Army Air Corp’s sinister-looking Apache attack machine and from yesteryear the now historic Westland Wasp flown originally by FAA pilots from the decks of smaller ships in an anti-submarine role. The weapons rack would provide for two homing torpedoes.
A selection of large radio-controlled model aircraft will fly in the afternoon display. Watch carefully – it is often difficult to distinguish them from the full scale versions.
On the ground, a Fun Fair will provide engaging activities for children. This year, we are creating a 1960’s village with themed items such as Thunderbirds 3, Dr Who, Batmobile and vintage trade stands including a 1960’s cinema.
The ground event also embraces a huge Craft Fair, steam engines, static aircraft and the finale in the arena of the Roundel Motor Rally with classic cars, an event that started from the historic Brooklands Museum early in the day.
Admission tickets for the Festival are £19.50 per adult. Children of 15 and under are admitted FOC if accompanied by an adult, maximum two children per adult.
On 11th June, gates open at 9am. Flying programme commences at 1pm.
How to buy tickets online: go to website www.bhfof.com and follow instructions.
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