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Biggin Hill Airshow.

Biggin Hill History
Biggin Hill was established in 1917 as a wireless testing park and the Air to Air and Air to Ground telephony systems were developed at this site. Bristol fighters of 141 squadron R.F.C were also based here as part of the inner patrol zone of the London Air Defence Area. The Bristol Fighters sported a bright red cockerel painted on the fuselage.

After the First World War, Biggin Hill was home to the Instrument Design Establishment but it was moved to Farnborough in 1922. Snipes of 56 squadron were stationed here along with a night flying flight. At the end of 1927, 56 Squadron which now operated Siskins were transferred to North Weald and a couple of years later the night flying flight also departed. The Station was then reconstructed in 1929 and was ready for occupation by 1932. Two Squadrons moved in with Demons and Bulldogs, and an Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Flight was formed. In 1937, Biggin Hill was host to two Squadrons both equipped with Gauntlets and later the Station was home to the Hawker Hurricane.

During the Second World War, 79 Squadron based at Biggin Hill claimed the first enemy aircraft when it shot down a Dornier Do17 on November 2nd 1939. Hurricanes from Biggin flew constant patrols over the beaches during the evacuation of Dunkirk. During the Battle of Britain the Station was home to several Spitfire Squadrons. Biggin Hill aerodrome was attacked repeatedly and received heavy damage by the Luftwaffe but still remained operational throughout the battle. In 1944 when the first V1 flying bombs started to fall in southern England, Biggin Hill Station had to close because of its proximity to London brought it within the defensive balloon barrage belt and Station was taken over by the balloon crews. Later, Biggin resumed the offensive fighter role by escorting Lancasters and Halifaxes in daylight attacks on Germany.

After the War, Biggin Hill was transferred to No.46 Group, Transport Command and in 1946 it was handed to Reserve Command until 1949 when it returned to Fighter Command. In 1950 Biggin Hill was home to Meteors and later Hunters. In 1957 as Fighter Command was being scaled down and Biggin Hill airspace was becoming crowded with airliners flying from London Airport, its Squadrons were disbanded. The Station was now relegated to a non-operational status. The RAF still retained the North Camp to house the Officers and Aircrew Selection Center and one of the hangars housed a fine collection of World War Two aircraft. A Battle of Britain Open Day was held annually in September bringing a temporary return of RAF aircraft and thousands of spectators. In 1992, the RAF finally left Biggin Hill and the Selection Centre moved to RAF Cranwell.



Biggin Hill 2016 Airshow
Biggin Hill Airshow.

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 very popular Biggin Hill International Air Fair saw its last air show in 2010, after Biggin Hill Airport Ltd gave notice to Air Displays International Ltd to terminate the licence under which the Biggin Hill International Air Fair is run. However, an Open House Air Day at Biggin Hill Airport replaced this event in 2011 and it now hosts a smaller event called 'Festival of Flight'. It also held an event called 'Biggin 75' in 2015 which celebrated the 75th anniversary of the 'Battle of Britain'.

Biggin Hill 2016 Airshow:

11 June - Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2016



Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2016:

11 June - Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2016

Participating aircraft:
(F)=Flying Display, (S)=Static Display

Red Arrows (F)
BBMF Spitfire, Hurricane (F)
Fairey Swordfish - RNHF (F)
Bronco Demo Team (F)
P51D Mustang - Hangar 11 (F)
B17 Sally B (F)
Spitfire Mk.IX TA805 (F)
Hurricane I AE977 (F)
Pitts S2S - Rich Goodwin (F)
Bristol Blenheim G-BPIV (F)
Catalina (F)
Extra 300 Duo - G Force Aerobatics (F)
Breitling Wingwalkers (F)
The Blades (F)
Westland Wasp (F)
Royal Navy Raiders parachute team (F)
Turbulent Display Team (F)
Gazelle x2 - Gazelle Squadron Display Team (S)
Westland Wessex x2 (S)
DH90 Dragonfly (S)
Yak-52 (S)

There will be aircraft on static display from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Shipping and Airlines Classic British aircraft collection, The Wessex Club helicopters and more from behind the hangar doors at Biggin Hill.

Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight
Local hotels for the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight


Ticket Prices:
Please check with official Biggin Hill Festival of Flight website for ticket prices and booking.

TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON THE DAY.



Schedule:
Gates open at 9.30am and the event finishes at 5.30pm.

Flying is expected to start at 1.30pm and finish at around 5.30pm.



Ground Entertainment:
There will be two food courts in the showground containing 24 food units (that's 12 more than 2015), bars, coffee and sweets outlet, but if you would like to bring your own picnic you may.

There is also a funfair suitable for all age groups. The same family fair has been attending air shows at Biggin Hill since 1963, the first civil air show at Biggin Hill.

There is a stage on which there is music of the 60's playing during the morning and from around 4pm through to 7pm. There is also a 60's area with scooters, mini's, a 60's home, cinema, Thunderbirds, Batmobile and much more.

Now in its second year the Roundel Run is a car rally for both classics and modern vehicles and it is all in aid of charity. Starting at the home of British motor racing, Brooklands in Surrey the cars will arrive at Biggin Hill for their flightline parade before parking in the showground for all to see. Vehicles entered range from new Ferraris to Morris Minors.

The showground has over 200 exhibitors, new for 2016 is the Gingham Goose Craft Fair showcasing local crafts. You can buy anything from a new car to a pair of sunglasses. There is also a Childrens amusement area, Simulators, Military vehicles, and Model Aircraft.



Travel by car:
Biggin Hill Airport is situated on the A233 (Main Road). Please follow local signs for entry into the showground.

If you are using the M25:
From the West, leave the motorway at Junction 6
From the East leave at Junction 4.

For satnav users the address is: Churchill Way, Biggin Hill, Kent, TN16 3BN.


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