Day 5 of our aircraft profile is again, 2 different aircraft, again making a debut in Newcastle, and both are from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) who have in recent years brought their Lancaster (2014) and Dakota (2013) to Newcastle. As you know, the Lancaster was due to return to Newcastle, however an engine fire has grounded the aircraft until after the Newcastle show.
BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL FLIGHT
The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAFBBMF) is administratively part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group and operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, upon British State occasions, notably the Trooping the Colour celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday and at air displays throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. We are proud to have HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as our Patron.
RAF BBMF commemorate the past of the RAF’s Air Combat Power – Lest We Forget.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre is located at RAF Coningsby in Coningsby, Lincolnshire. A partnership between the Royal Air Force and Lincolnshire County Council, the centre allows visitors an up-close guided tour of the aircraft when not in use, as well as exhibits about the aircraft and other temporary exhibits.
The Spitfire was produced in greater numbers than any other British combat aircraft before or since the War, 20,341 Spitfires were built in 22 different variants (excluding the navalised Seafire) and the aircraft remained in production for 12 years. The Spitfire played a major part in achieving ultimate victory in World War Two and truly deserves its place as probably the most successful fighter design ever, and certainly as the most famous and charismatic of all time.
The Hawker Hurricane is one of the classic fighters of all time, designed and built for war. It was at the forefront of Britain’s defence in 1940 and it played a major part in achieving the victory of 1945. The Hurricane was the first British monoplane eight-gun fighter, the first RAF aircraft to exceed 300 mph in level flight and the first production fighter with a retractable main undercarriage.
We look forward to seeing a major part of British aviation history in the skies of Newcastle next Saturday! A Spitfire (Not BBMF) flew in Newcastle in 2012 however a Hurricane has never flown at the Newcastle airshow! Check back on Monday for another aircraft profile! (Photo from Daily Mail/Keith Wilson)