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Battle of Britain Fighters Confirmed for Tribute

Published: 12 Mar 2015   updated: 08 May 2015

We can confirm the first aircraft for our tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain is an impressive collection of six fighters from the Royal Air Force's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Included will be the BBMF's two Hawker Hurricane IIcs, as well as four of its Supermarine Spitfires; the Flight's four Merlin-engined 'Spits'. 

Among them will be Spitfire IIa P7350, the BBMF's oldest aircraft, and a genuine veteran of the Battle. It served during the summer of 1940 with No 266 Squadron. The other Spitfires are planned to be a MkV (newly-overhauled prior to the 2015 season), MkIX and MkXVI. 

Seldom in recent years has such a large gathering of BBMF fighters taken place away from its base at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. At RIAT 2015, the Battle of Britain commemoration will form part of the event's theme, Securing the Skies - Past, Present and Future, contrasting the pilots and aircraft who protected Britain during 1940 with their modern-day counterparts.

Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said: "The BBMF's involvement will form a major part of our Battle of Britain anniversary salute the centrepiece of which will be a massed flypast of historic aircraft on all three days of this summer's airshow."

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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