VIP guests keep their feet on the ground

Staff and technicians from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire enjoyed a ground level viewing of a site their airborne colleagues see regularly from the air.

The group was welcomed to the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne by site staff and Trustees, who showed the visitors around the clifftop Memorial and the new Wing visitor centre.

Andy Simpson, the Trustee with immediate responsibility for the operation of the site, said it had been a privilege to welcome a group of people who did such an important job looking after the historic aircraft of the Memorial Flight.

“These are the people who keep the Flight’s splendid veteran aircraft in the air and enable the many displays that give so many people such pleasure right through the summer season. Without their important work, often out of sight, the displays could not happen,” he said.

“Weather permitting, the site here at Capel will see two of the Flight’s aircraft on 9 July, when a Spitfire and Hurricane pair will once again fly at Memorial Day, bringing a lump to the throat of many of those watching.

“When you see these aircraft in the air, remember the ground and support crews that make it possible.

“We were pleased to be able to show the group the Memorial and the many other interesting features on the site and we hope to welcome other groups from BBMF in the future after a busy summer celebrating 60 years since the Flight was formed at Biggin Hill in 1957.”

Spitfire over Kent

Spitfire over Kent



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