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MikeyB
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Biggin 75

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Good Afternoon everyone!

Coming much later than everyone else, is my offering of photos from this commemorative event.

As soon as I heard that plans were being put ahead for this event, I was determined to make sure that I would attend. Booking tickets, shortly after they were put on sale, I couldn't wait to go! This was my first visit to Biggin Hill and so started the journey, with my friend Matt, from Somerset early on the 18th August so as to make sure that we could arrive in time.

We arrived at Biggin Hill Airport at around 11:45am. There was a great atmosphere and it was great listening to Andy Pawsey on the commentary who explained many of the key events that happened on 'The Hardest Day' in August 1940 during entirety of the event.

I'll start this report by going through all of the beautiful aircraft that were present.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MH434 - Old Flying Machine Company

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX - MH434

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX - MH434

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX TA805 - Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX - TA805

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX - TA805

Supermarine Spitfire Mk 11 PL965 - Hangar 11

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk 11 - PL965

Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia X4650

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia - X4650

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia - X4650

Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb BM597 - Historic Aircraft Collection

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb - BM597

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb - BM597

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vb EP120 - The Fighter Collection

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Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vb - EP120

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Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vb - EP120

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Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vb - EP120

Vickers-Armstrong Spitfire Mk XIV MV293 - The Fighter Collection

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Vickers-Armstrong Spitfire Mk XIV - MV293

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Vickers-Armstrong Spitfire Mk XIV - MV293

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (TR9) SM520 - Boultbee Flight Academy

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (TR9) - SM520

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (TR9) - SM520

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX ML407 - The Grace Spitfire

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX - ML407

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX - ML407

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI TE184 - Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI - TE184

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI - TE184

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI - TE184

Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vc EE602 - Friends Of Mabel

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vc - EE602

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vc - EE602

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI RW382 - Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI - RW382

Supermarine Spitfire LF IX (TR9) MJ627 - Paul 'The Major' Day

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Supermarine Spitifre LF Mk IX (TR9) - MJ627

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Supermarine Spitifre LF Mk IX (TR9) - MJ627

Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia P7308

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia - P7308

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXe MK356 - RAF Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight

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Supermarine Spitifre LF Mk IXe - MK356

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Supermarine Spitifre LF Mk IXe - MK356

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Supermarine Spitifre LF Mk IXe - MK356

Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk IXc RR232 - Martin Phillips

A particularly interesting aircraft as this was the last fully constructed aircraft to be built at Filton where she was restored. She departed the airfield just a few weeks before it shut in December 2012 and it's a Spitfire that I've longed to see in the flesh! :smile:

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Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk IXc - RR232

Supermarine Seafire LF III PP972 - Air Leasing Limited

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Supermarine Seafire L.F. III - PP972

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Supermarine Seafire L.F. III - PP972

Hawker Hurricane Mk XIIa 5711 - Historic Aircraft Collection

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Hawker Hurricane Mk XIIa - 5711

Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc PZ865 - RAF Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight

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Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc - PZ865

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Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc - PZ865

Hawker Hurricane Mk I R4118 - Peter Vacher

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Hawker Hurricane Mk I - R4118

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Hawker Hurricane Mk I - R4118

Hawker Hurricane Mk I P2921 - Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar

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Hawker Hurricane Mk I - P2921

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Hawker Hurricane Mk I - P2921

Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk Ib Z7015 - The Shuttleworth Collection

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Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk Ib - Z7015

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Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk Ib - Z7015

North American P-51D Mustang KH774 - Sharkmouth Limited

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North American P-51D Mustang - KH774

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North American P-51D Mustang - KH774

With all of these wonderful aircraft, there were a great number of brilliant photo opportunities. These included the line-ups of multiple Spitfires to the unique grouping of 5 Hurricanes, the greatest number of these aircraft in one place at one time that I've ever seen! I was very impressed with how the team at Biggin Hill arranged the aircraft and appreciate the opportunity that they gave to visitors to get closer to the aircraft after the flying display.

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Spitfires

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Mustang, Seafire & Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Sea Hurricane & Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Hurricanes

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Hurricanes

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Hurricanes

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Spitfire Mk Ia's

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Spitfire Mk Ia's

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Spitfires

Alongside the main event and main attractions, it was good to see a couple of Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar's other aircraft pulled outside of the hangar. This included their Harvard and L4H Cub. There was also a visitors fly-in of which the highlight of this was a very nice ex-RAF De Havilland Chipmunk.

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Piper L4H Cub

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North American Harvard

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De Havilland Chipmunk

The fighter start-up began at 12:45pm followed my a mass departure at 1:00pm. The sound of all of those Merlins and Griffons was simply amazing and made the journey to Biggin Hill all the more worth it. There were 23 aircraft in total and as planned, they split up into three flights of eight aircraft (apart from one which had seven). I filmed a lot of the action and this can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPA5jNg6X4E

The only disappointment was the light and therefore this made photography rather difficult. However, the pilot did provide some amazing passes, some of which were topsides and so I did managed to get some pleasing results. The best of bunch are shown below and I hope you like them. :smile:

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

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Spitfires

Then, once nearly all of the aircraft had landed, there was time for one more flyby by MH434 which performed a final 'Victory Roll' to end the flying display and commemorations to 'The Hardest Day'. A perfect way to end a fitting tribute to 'The Few' and all of those who helped to defend our skies during the summer of 1940.

Lest we forget.

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Supermarine Spitfire

After all of the aircraft had landed, we then had the chance to view all of the aircraft more closely and that's where most the of the photographs of each aircraft, seen above, came from.

As we returned to the car, I had one last view of all of the parked aircraft and knew that what I had seen at Biggin Hill was truly very special. Hats off to the team there who put on a brilliant commemorative event. I can't help but think that they have set the benchmark for the Battle Of Britain 75th anniversary commemorations. Over to you Goodwood and Duxford.

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The Flightline

Many thanks for viewing and reading my post. All C+C's welcome.

Cheers,
Mike :smile:
My YouTube channel of all sorts (well mostly aviation): http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgcEz-y6zzkh6ueBQH6Qvzw

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MikeyB
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Before finishing up, I wanted to add these shots which were independent of the event itself. During our visit to Biggin Hill, I was amazed by the amount of variety of aircraft either on the airfield or flying above it. Here's my offering.

This A109 arrived shortly after we did!

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Castle Air AgustaWestland 109S

A Piper L4H Cub flew over the airfield early shortly before the fighter departures and I had originally thought that it was one of the Heritage Hangar's aircraft. However, that was still on the ground and this Cub only flew past once if I recall.

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Piper L4H Cub

Steep climb-out from a Hawker 800XPi.

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Netjets Europe Hawker 800XPi

A flyover from this EC135.

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Electricity EC135

One of the heavies from Heathrow, a Malaysian Airlines A380!

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Malaysian Airlines A380

An aircraft that I don't see too often!

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Piaggio P-180 Avanti

Shiny looking biz-jets.

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Bombardier Global Express

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Learjet 45

And finally, there was this surprising aircraft hidden around the back of a couple of the hangars on the east side of the airfield. A red Westland Wessex which from a distance looked rather tidy. Does anyone know anything about this aircraft?

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Westland Wessex

And that's it! Thanks for looking! :smile:

Cheers,
Mike :smile:
My YouTube channel of all sorts (well mostly aviation): http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgcEz-y6zzkh6ueBQH6Qvzw

Tony Y.
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Hello Mike,
Really enjoyed your images of Biggin on the 18th. I was there having flown from Elstree in AA5 G-PURR. We parked on the main apron & had a
wonderful view of the flying. We didn't of course see the aircraft close up, but your photos have made up for that.(& they make me wonder why I bother!)
Tony Y.

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MikeyB wrote:And finally, there was this surprising aircraft hidden around the back of a couple of the hangars on the east side of the airfield. A red Westland Wessex which from a distance looked rather tidy. Does anyone know anything about this aircraft?

http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12195
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Thanks for posting, brilliant stuff :clap: :clap:

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Re: Biggin 75

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Thank you very much guys for the kind comments!

Also, thanks for the link to the info LN Strike Eagle. It would be great to see this helicopter in the air! She still looked pretty tidy/airworthy from where I was standing!
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