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Date posted: 02-06-2016
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, an important element of the RAF’s and the Nation’s heritage, will be flying into Biggin Hill Airport for display at the Festival of Flight on Saturday 11th June.
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 WWII Lancaster bomber, one of the last flying examples from 7,377 that were built between 1941 and 1946.
In a letter to the manufacturer AVRO after the war was over, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris who was the Commander-in-Chief of RAF Bomber Command, said of the Lancaster:
“I would say this to those who placed that shining sword in our hands: Without your genius, and efforts, we could not have prevailed for I believe that the Lancaster was the greatest single factor in winning the war”
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 from 9am on Saturday 11th June The afternoon flying programme commences at 1.30pm and includes The RAF Aerobatic Team ‘The Red Arrows’
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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Issued by Biggin Hill Airport Ltd – www.bigginhillairport.com
Media contact is Simon Ames – Head of Communications – M: 07785 745857