BBMF Practice April 2018

 

By Iain Ashmore

2018 promises to be a very special year for the BBMF display team. Not only is it the centenary of the RAF it is also the year where the Dakota and the Lancaster are flying in tight formation.

At Air Show Uk we managed to get a sneak preview of the Trenchard Display.  We must say that we are impressed with both BBMF and the skill of their pilots. Seeing both aircraft gracing the skies surrounding RAF Coningsby was a sight to behold and one that we will never forget. There is something majestic about these two flying in formation, gracefully gliding through the air and then suddenly the team start to carry out manoeuvres that you thought would never be possible with these two.

 

Watch out for these in 2018 as it promises to be fantastic year for them.

 

If you would like to learn more about the BBMF visit their website at BBMF.

 

BBMF History

Inaugurated on 11th July 1957, at RAF Biggin Hill, as the “RAF Historic Aircraft Flight”, the Flight consisted of three PR Mk XIX Spitfires and the RAF’s last airworthy Hurricane, LF363.

The Flight was renamed the “Battle of Britain Flight” and in 1969, to reflect its wider commemorative role, it became the “Battle of Britain Memorial Flight” (BBMF).

Between 1959 and 1965 the Flight had only one Spitfire (PM631) and one Hurricane (LF363).  Now, as a “museum without walls”, it maintains twelve historic and irreplaceable aircraft in airworthy condition: an Avro Lancaster, a C-47 Dakota, six Spitfires, two Hurricanes and two de Havilland Chipmunk training aircraft.

The BBMF is a regular RAF unit, manned by Service personnel and funded by the Ministry of Defence.  Those who serve with the Flight feel extremely privileged to work with and to fly the BBMF.

 

Below are the 2018 display dates & venues for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF):

L = Lancaster, H = Hurricane, S = Spitfire, D = Dakota.


May
06 – Abingdon Air & Country Show – LHS Flypast
06 – Old Warden 14:25 – L
16 – Dambusters Anniversary Flight, Derwent Dam – L Flypast – More info here.
28 – East Kirkby 14:00 – LHS
31 – RAF Valley 13:00 – S

June
02 – Torbay 14:00 – DLHS
03 – Torbay 14:00 – DLHS
09 – RAF Benson 15:37 – S
10 – RAF Cosford 13:00 – D
10 – RAF Cosford 14:00 – LHS
16 – Great Yarmouth 13:00 – LHS
17 – Great Yarmouth 14:05 – HS
23 – Bicester 13:00 – LHS
23 – Bicester 14:00 – D
23 – Weston-Super-Mare 15:30 – D
23 – Weston-Super-Mare 16:00 – LHS
23 – Calverton 15:46 – S
24 – Weston-super-Mare 13:00 – LHS
24 – Weston-super-Mare 14:00 – D
24 – Bicester 13:50 – LHS
24 – Bicester 15:10 – D
28 – RAF Wittering 12:00 – H
30 – Llandudno 12:30 – LHS
30 – Headcorn 15:05 – HS
30 – Swansea 14:00 – LHS

July
01 – Headcorn 14:40 – HS
01 – Capel-le-Ferne 15:00 – HS
01 – Swansea 14:00 – LHS
06 – Southport 19:00 – LHS
13 – RAF Fairford (RIAT) Time TBC – LHHSSSSD
14 – RAF Fairford (RIAT) Time TBC – LHHSD
15 – RAF Fairford (RIAT) Time TBC – LHHSD
15 – Duxford Time TBC – L
21 – Hastings Time TBC – LHS
21 – Folkstone Time TBC – LHS
22 – Folkstone Time TBC – LHS
22 – Hastings Time TBC – LHS
26 – RAF Marham 15:00 – LHS
26 – RAF Honington 15:30 – LHS
26 – RAF Leeming 17:30 – LHS
26 – Sunderland 18:05 – LHS
28 – East Fortune Time TBC – LHS
28 – Sunderland 13:00 – LHS
29 – Sunderland 14:00 – LHS
29 – Old Buckenham 16:20 – D

August
11 – Blackpool 13:00 – LHS
11 – Whitby 13:25 – D
11 – Newcastle Co. Down 16:00 – LHS
12 – Whitby 15:05 – D
12 – Blackpool Time TBC – LHS
15 – Weymouth Time TBC – S
16 – Eastbourne 15:00 – LHS
17 – Eastbourne 16:00 – LHS
18 – Biggin Hill Time TBC – LHS
18 – Eastbourne 15:00 – LHS
18 – Headcorn Time TBC – L
19 – Biggin Hill Time TBC – LHS
19 – Eastbourne 13:30 – LHS
19 – Headcorn Time TBC – L
23 – Clacton 16:00 – LSS
24 – Clacton 14:00 – LSS
25 – Dunsfold 13:45 – LSS
25 – Rhyl 15:05 – HS
25 – Rhyl 15:40 – D
26 – Rhyl 13:00 – HS
26 – Rhyl 14:00 – D
26 – Dunsfold 13:45 – LSS
26 – Sandy (Little Gransden) 15:00 – L
27 – Uffington 15:25 – SS
27 – East Kirkby 16:20 – SS
28 – RAF Odiham 13:00 – H
30 – RAF Canwell 13:05 – D
30 – RAF Canwell 13:35 – S
30 – RAF Wyton 13:40 – H
30 – Bournemouth 14:30 – HS
30 – Bournemouth 14:40 – D
31 – Bournemouth 16:00 – DHS

September
02 – Ayr 12:00 – LHS
02 – Portrush 12:45 – LHS
02 – Bournemouth 14:00 – HS
02 – Bournemouth 14:10 – D
07 – Goodwood Time TBC – S
08 – Newbury Time TBC – S
08 – Blunsdon Time TBC – S
08 – Goodwood Time TBC – S
09 – Goodwood Time TBC – S
09 – Newbury Time TBC – S
13 – Guernsey Time TBC – LHS
13 – Jersey Time TBC – LHS
22 – Duxford Time TBC – L
23 – Duxford Time TBC – L


L = Lancaster, H = Hurricane, S = Spitfire, D = Dakota.

 

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