Post Tagged with: "Spitfires"

Please Don’t Close St. George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance Biggin Hill
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Please Don’t Close St. George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance Biggin Hill

St George’s Royal Air Force Chapel of Remembrance at Biggin Hill stands on what was Royal Air Force Station Biggin Hill.  The most famous period of its history is as a fighter station during the Second World War and it will remain forever linked, with the Battle of Britain, fought […]

30 stunning pictures of Spitfires, one of the best fighters during WWII
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30 stunning pictures of Spitfires, one of the best fighters during WWII

Spitfires, of course, were of prime importance in WWII and especially the Battle of Britain… but really I’m not much of a military historian, so let’s just focus on how striking they and these photographs are! (though it’s interesting how much geographical variety there is– truly a world war). For […]

Last of the Few: One of the final surviving Battle of Britain pilots dies aged 98 – leaving incredible archive of aerial photographs
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Last of the Few: One of the final surviving Battle of Britain pilots dies aged 98 – leaving incredible archive of aerial photographs

More than 70 years after the Battle of Britain raged overhead, these incredible never-before-seen pictures have been released following the death of one of the final surviving airmen. Many of the images were the work of Wing Commander Roger Morewood and were snapped as he clocked up an incredible 5,000 […]

Opportunity to fly a Second World War fighter plane this Christmas
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Opportunity to fly a Second World War fighter plane this Christmas

This year the Civil Aviation Authority has brought with itself the Christmas present for those who foster the dream of flying in a Second World War fighter plane. Recently the Civil Aviation Authority has certified the Boultbee flight Academy of West Sussex that it can make Spitfire TR9 accessible to […]

Warbirds hidden in barns, awaiting discovery
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Warbirds hidden in barns, awaiting discovery

Hang around aircraft restorers and you’ll inevitably hear tales of priceless historical relics hidden in barns, buried in shrink wrap, or otherwise stuck in time awaiting discovery. These stories are almost always wild exaggerations or outright fiction. But if you’ve ever heard of the cache of iconic warbirds at Wilson […]

Spitfires Down Under
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Spitfires Down Under

Australia and New Zealand have a unique warbird scene which is dominated by World War Two era aircraft. One of the most classic fighters of that period was the British builtSupermarine Spitfire, an aircraft that was flown by both RAAF and RNZAF pilots during the war. The famous “Grey Nurse” […]

Now YOU can fly in a Spitfire! Flight school is first in the UK to offer trips in the historic WWII planes … and for £10,000, you can even fly in formation
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Now YOU can fly in a Spitfire! Flight school is first in the UK to offer trips in the historic WWII planes … and for £10,000, you can even fly in formation

More than 74 years after the Battle of Britain, aviation buffs will be able to take to the skies in the very same planes in which thousands of heroic RAF pilots fought for their country against the Luftwaffe. Boultbee Flight Academy, based in Sussex, has become the first in the […]

Reach for the sky! Flying instructor wants to build 12 new Spitfires to mark 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain
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Reach for the sky! Flying instructor wants to build 12 new Spitfires to mark 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

It is almost 75 years since they enjoyed their finest hour in the Battle of Britain. And now, an Oxfordshire flying club has marked the momentous occasion by creating a classic Spitfire, albeit in a slightly smaller form than the World War Two version. Led by flying instructor Paul Fowler, […]

Hope Fades in Burma Search for Buried Spitfires
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Hope Fades in Burma Search for Buried Spitfires

A quest to unearth dozens of British Spitfire aircraft thought to be buried in Burma looks likely to come to an unsuccessful end in October, with monsoon rains hampering excavation efforts as the two-year search contract’s expiration nears. For years, rumors have persisted that many of the unassembled planes had […]

Battle of Britain veteran Wing Commander Peter Ayerst
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Battle of Britain hero who tested Birmingham-built Spitfires dies aged 93

A fighter pilot who tested Birmingham-built Spitfires has died at the age of 93. Battle of Britain veteran Wing Commander Peter Ayerst put the famous craft through their paces after they had been produced by Vickers Armstrong in Castle Bromwich. The factory produced up to 320 Spitfires and 30 Lancaster […]