A six-hour non-stop flying display commencing at 11.30 each day at the HISTORY Biggin Hill International Air Fair (weekend of 26th & 27th June) will showcase the very best of elite military and civil display performances. A special feature this year is a marking of the 70th anniversary of the battle of Britain, a conflict that was fought so visibly in the skies above London and SE England in the summer of 1940.
The RAF Aerobatic Team ‘The Red Arrows’ will be flying both weekend days, the team this year led by Sqdn Ldr Ben Murphy and including for the first time a female pilot. Flt Lt Kirsty Moore (from Stamford, Lincs) has flown Tornado GR4’s on operations in Iraq and is also a qualified flying instructor. In the 2010 team, she flies in the Red 3 position.
The RAF Free-Fall Parachute Team ‘The Falcons’ will be making a welcome return the weekend display programme. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will present their unique display with a Hurricane, Spitfire and the Avro Lancaster bomber.
In addition to the RAF’s Hawk, Tornado, Harrier and Typhoon, from Belgium comes the F-16, always an awesome performer. From France, the Alphajet trainer will display while their Rafale is to be featured in the static aircraft exhibition. From Poland comes the M28 Bryza, its presence marking the many valiant Polish pilots who flew alongside the RAF in the summer of 1940.
The largest aircraft at the show will be a Vickers VC10 of 101 Squadron Royal Air Force, a type still in service for transportation and in-flight refuelling.
Helicopters will be well represented by the agile Boeing Chinook, a workhorse in the Afghanistan theatre of operations. The Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy will present the ‘Black Cats’ team of two Westland Lynx helicopters in an innovative aerobatic display that show the best of these sturdy machines.
A carefully choreographed aerial sequence will simulate an airfield attack of June 1940 involving a squadron of Hurricanes and Spitfires on a ‘scramble’ and a dogfight between a Spitfire and a Messerschmitt 109 in Luftwaffe colours. Extensive pyrotechnics by an expert crew will add a high degree of realism to the simulation. Large screens will feature archive film footage.
The Blades team will demonstrate precision aerobatics and the Boeing B17 will be flying once again.
The RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF), the RAF’s leading charity and the nominated Air Fair charity this year, will be encouraging people to join it in expressing appreciation to members of the RAF through its nationwide ‘Heartfelt Thanks’ campaign.
The campaign gives members of the public the opportunity to write their own personal messages of thanks to veterans and currently serving RAF personnel. Special cards will be offered at the RAFBF stand at the Air Fair. The scheme runs into the autumn when the nationwide Heartfelt Thanks collection will be presented to veterans on Battle of Britain Sunday, 19th September.
Gates open at Biggin Hill Airport at 7.30 am both weekend days. A vehicle parade is staged at 11.00. Display flying commences at 11.30, concluding at 5.30 pm while bars, food halls and the Funfair remains open until 6.00 pm. Regular travel updates will be broadcast every 10 minutes on LBC News 1152 AM