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Of six examples of Supermarine's masterpiece on strength with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, four will be attending RIAT 2015 - all of them Rolls-Royce Merlin-engined marks, the most appropriate representatives of those that flew in 1940. One actually did so, MkIIa P7350, which served in 1940 with No 266 Squadron and is today presented as the No 41 Squadron mount of Flt Lt Eric Lock, the top-scoring Allied 'ace' of the Battle. 

Following a major service by the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford, a new look this year has been adopted by MkVb AB910, painted with D-Day invasion stripes as a No 64 Squadron aeroplane flown by Flt Lt Tony Cooper in 1944. The LFIXe, MK356, also wears invasion stripes in a No 126 Squadron scheme (and is a D-Day combat veteran), while LFXVIe TE311, the most recent addition to the BBMF, depicts a No 74 Squadron Spitfire serving in Germany at the end of the war in Europe. To see them all together at RIAT 2015 will be a rare opportunity indeed.

“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, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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