Biggin Hill in Kent is a very famous fighter station and on November 2nd, 1939, one of its resident Squadrons
claimed the first enemy aircraft of the war when it shot down a Dornier Do 17. Biggin Hill played a
major role in the Battle of Britain during World War Two.|
The last 'International Air Fair' was held at Biggin Hill in 2010. A new format of an Open House Air Day at Biggin Hill Airport replaced this event in 2011. There will be a special event at Biggin Hill on 14th June 2014 called 'Festival of Flight'.
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|14th June 2014 ||Biggin Hill Festival of Flight|
Biggin Hill Festival of Flight - June 14, 2014
The world-famous RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, will be making a very special return to Biggin Hill Airport on Saturday 14th June to mark the anniversary of their 50th display season.
The first public appearance in the UK by the fledgling team was at the Biggin Hill International Air Fair in May 1965 flying the Hawker Siddeley Gnat, the lead-in jet trainer of the era. Since then, the team have gone on to perform around 5,000 displays, many of them overseas where the team contributes to Defence Diplomacy and promotes the professional excellence of Royal Air Force. The team were re-equipped with the BAe Hawk T1 in 1980.
The Red Arrows anniversary display on 14th June will be the highlight of the 1st Festival of Flight at Biggin Hill, a new series of one-day air events at the airport that are planned to take place on an annual basis for the foreseeable future.
The Festival of Flight will be open to the public and will include a number of world-class display items during the afternoon and early evening. The flying programme will include Spitfires and Hurricanes from the airport's Heritage hangar, the two iconic fighters that will re-enact the gallant days of RAF Biggin Hill in WWII when the airfield played such a crucial role in the defence of London.
Other display items will include the Breitling Team wingwalkers, specialist aerobatics, helicopter demonstrations and parachute displays.
Plans for an extensive range of ground events are being made. An arena will be a focus for classic car and military vehicle parades, a motor cycle display team and more. Interactive model boats on a special water facility and radio-controlled cars will provide engaging activities for families and younger
generations. Army, Navy, Air Force and local community services career centres will be on site with special equipment for boys and girls to engage with.
A central feature in the public area will be a stage for interviews and public appearances that will also host a presentation to the Red Arrows team to mark their milestone anniversary.
Airport Managing Director Will Curtis says that he wants to see that the airport is as neighbourhood-friendly as possible throughout the year.
"We value our local community and we want to encourage as many Biggin Hill people as possible to join us at the airport for an 'open house' afternoon of fun, interest and amazement. We shall be offering favourable rates only for local people on an allocation basis, so make sure that you apply for your tickets sooner rather than later" he says.
A maximum of 15,000 tickets will be available for sale for the Festival.
"While the new event should not be compared with the previous International Air Fair series, our plan is to make it a family friendly occasion with a variety of good entertainment and no overcrowding. Sales will close when we reach our stated level" says Will Curtis.
Official website at www.bhfof.com/
Provisional Participating aircraft at Biggin Hill Festival of Flight:
Biggin Hill Festival of Flight
Saturday 14th June 2014
(F) - Flying (S) - Static Display
Red Arrows (F)
RAF Tucano T1 (F)
BBMF Spitfire, Hurricane, Dakota (F)
RN Raiders parachute team (F)
RN Lynx (Blackcat) (F)
Spitfires & Hurricanes - (Heritage hangar) (F)
P-51D Mustang (F)
Breitling Team wingwalkers (F)
Red Bull Matadors (F)
The Blades Aerobatic Display Team (F)
gliderFX display team (F)