Dogfights, a stirring international flypast and a moving ‘missing man’ formation of aircraft are among a string of memorable set pieces being planned by organisers of the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Royal Air Force, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in July.
A wide range of historic aircraft, including Hurricanes, Spitfires and Messerschmitts, will join many of their modern-day equivalents for a unique aerial commemoration at RAF Fairford on July 17-18.
A dramatic flypast of modern aircraft representing many of the nations that took part in the historic conflict will form the centrepiece of tributes in the air whilst on the ground, a Battle of Britain airfield will be recreated, bringing to life the atmosphere during Britain’s ‘finest hour’.
Visitors to the Battle of Britain Village will be invited to step back in time as re-enactors recreate the sights and sounds of England in 1940, complete with a static display of historic aircraft, military vehicles and period entertainment.
A team from the Royal Air Force has been working alongside Air Tattoo organisers to stage the RAF’s flagship commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this summer.
Military chiefs from many of the countries that took part in the Battle of Britain will be attending, including France, Germany and Italy, along with veterans including Wing Commander Bob Foster, Chairman of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association.
Air Tattoo Chief executive Tim Prince said it was important that the ‘international’ aspect of the Battle of Britain was not overlooked.”Many people believe the Battle of Britain was fought simply between people from two nations – England and Germany – but pilots and aircrew from 17 nations took part in total. We believe the bravery and sacrifice of all those who took part should be recognised.”