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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.

Red Arrows Movements:

Friday, 18 August
Depart Exeter - 1125
Arrive Biggin Hill - 1158
Depart Biggin Hill - 1447
Arrive Biggin Hill - 1528

Saturday, 19 August
Depart Biggin Hill - 1147
Arrive Biggin Hill - 1228
Depart Biggin Hill - 1455
Arrive Biggin Hill - 1525
Depart Biggin Hill - 1803
Flypast Campfest Broomfield - 1808
Arrive Biggin Hill- 1843

Sunday, 20 August
Depart Biggin Hill - 1147
Flypast Cowdry Cricket Club - 1226
Arrive Biggin Hill - 1228
Depart Biggin Hill - 1455
Arrive Biggin Hill - 1525
Depart Biggin Hill - 1755
Flypast Ingatestone - 1802
Arrive RAF Scampton - 1825
Arrive RAF Scampton - 1848

Biggin Hill 2017 Airshow
Biggin Hill Airshow.

Win tickets to the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2017

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'.

The Festival of Flight show has moved to August and will be a two day event in 2017.

Biggin Hill 2017 Airshow:

19-20 August - Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2017

Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2017:

19-20 August - Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2017

Biggin Hill Festival of Flight takes place on 19th - 20th August 2017 at London Biggin Hill Airport, Bromley in Kent. This year's Festival of Flight celebrates 100 years of aviation at Biggin Hill and will take place over two days.

The gates open at 9am and the event finishes at 5.30pm. The flying display will start at around 12pm and finish at 5.30pm on both days. On the ground there will be the Biggin 100 exhibition tent, showcasing 100 years of popular culture, a fun fair catering for all of the family and many trade and exhibitor stands.

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

UK Military
Red Arrows (F)
RAF Typhoon FGR4 (Sunday only) (F)
BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane (F)
RAF Chinook (Saturday only) (F)
Tucano T1 x2 (S)
Hawk T2 (S)

Overseas Military
Belgian Air Force F-16 Solo Display (F)
Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules (S)
Patrouille de France - (Sunday only) (F)
Czech Air Force Jas-39C Gripen (F)
Czech Air Force Mi-35 Hind (F)
Czech Air Force Mi-171 Hip (F)
Czech Air Force CASA C-295 (S)
French Air Force Transall C-160 (S)

The Great War Display Team x10 (F)
B-17 Sally B (F)
Spitfire - Spirit of Kent (F)
Hurricane - BHHH (F)
Bronco Demo Team (F)
Spitfire Mk.IX - PH-OUQ (F)
Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Aircraft (S)
Shipping and Airlines Historic Aircraft Collection (S)
The Wessex Club helicopters (S)

TRIG Aerobatic Team (F)
Breitling Wingwalkers (F)
G-Force Aerobatics (F)

Flying Display Schedule:

Saturday 19th August
Breitling Wingwalkers
BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane
TRIG Aerobatic Team
Belgian Air Force F-16
RAF Chinook

Czech Gripen
B-17 Sally B
Bronco Demo Team
Little & Large Extra
Red Arrows
Czech Mi-171 Hip & Mi-35 Hind
Spitfire Mk.IX

4pm-5.30 pm
Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar
The Great War Display Team

Sunday 20th August
BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane
Belgian Air Force F-16
Czech Mi-171 Hip & Mi-35 Hind
Breitling Wingwalkers
RAF Typhoon

The Great War Display Team
Spitfire Mk.IX
Extra 300 & Model
B-17 Sally B
Czech Gripen
Bronco Demo Team
Red Arrows

4pm-5.30 pm
Trig Aerobatic Team
Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd
Patrouille de France

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.

Arrivals Day (Friday):
You can buy tickets online for the Arrivals Day on Friday 18th August. At 10am there will be exclusive access alongside the runway to get those first close up pictures of the display aircraft as they arrive.

Entry is at 10 am, and you will be able to stay on the air field until the last arrival at approx 1800.

You will be located in two areas, one on the main runway crowd line, the other along the 29 runway where some aircraft will be parked. There will be some shelter should you need it, toilets and a catering outlet. Airfield parking is available.

It should be a busy day of arrivals and movements. Entrance will be signposted from the Airport roundabout.

Tickets for this can be purchased from

Friday's Arrivals Day is strictly limited to 150 places.


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Czech Gripen.

The showground will include the Biggin100 Exhibition which will look at life over the last 100 years at Biggin Hill. There will be a funfair, as well as two food courts serving up freshly prepared food and drink.

The Roundel Car Rally 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 flight line parade before parking in the showground for all to see.

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.

Belgian F-16 - Biggin Hill.

Patrouille de France - Biggin Hill.