Civilian DHC-1 Chipmunk
Intended as a replacement for the superb DH82A Tiger Moth biplane with the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force, the monoplane Chipmunk went on to have an illustrious career, becoming the RAF's main elementary trainer. The type was built by de Havilland in Britain, at its Hatfield and Hawarden plants, as well as in Canada and Portugal; 735 were taken on by the RAF, out of a complete production run of around 1,280. Seven - one for each decade of the Chipmunk's life - will attend RIAT 2016 for a special static line-up, among them oldest survivor G-AKDN, shipped over from Canada for this year's celebrations. It is owned by David Gillespie. The other aircraft are AVM Lindsay Irvine's G-ARMG, Roger Chamberlain's WK514/G-BBMO (the only Chipmunk ever to serve with RAF Fighter Command), WD286/G-BBMD of Ben Griffiths and Carol de Solla Atkin, Paul Green's WP973/G-BCPU (due to fly round the world in 2018), James Lewis's WP984/G-HDAE (newly painted in camouflage to depict the Army Air Corps' so-called 'Spitmunk'), and Marc de Ridder's Portuguese Air Force-marked F-AZJV, based on the Franco-Belgian border.