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 2018 Airshow:
• 18-19 August - Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2018
Battle of Britain: The Hardest Day, 18th August
On Sunday 18th August 1940 the Luftwaffe launched three major assaults against targets in Southern England, it was the hardest fought day of the Battle of Britain. Both sides suffered heavy losses as the air battles that took place on this day were amongst the largest aerial engagements in history.
To mark the RAF's centenary this year, the two-day Festival of Flight (18-19th August 2018) will see 12 Spitfires scrambled, re-enacting the Hardest Day. Biggin Hill's Heritage Hangar, with the world's largest gathering of flyable Spitfires, will provide the focal point of the salute.