Spitfire TE311 LF XVIE returns to the runway at RAF Coningsby following her display
Spitfire TE311 LF XVIE returns to the runway at RAF Coningsby following her display as part of the BBMF.
The iconic Spitfire is a single seat British fighter aircraft credited, along with the Hurricane, with winning the Battle of Britain in 1940.
The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF-BBMF) is administratively part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group and operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. They have Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Lancaster and Dakota as well as Chipmunks in the flight.
The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, upon British State occasions, notably the Trooping the Colour celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's birthday and at air displays throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
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A Douglas C-47 Dakota of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, is shown flying in
A Douglas C-47 Dakota of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, is shown flying in an air display as part of the 95th Anniversary of 4(AC) Squadron.
Dakota 'ZA947' currently wears the livery of 267 'Pegasus' Squadron, which flew in the Transport, Trooping and Re-supply roles in the Middle East and the Mediterranean Theatres during 1943/44.
This aircraft was adopted by Strike Command and issued to the BBMF in March 1993. The Dakota is a year-round workhorse for the BBMF being used in a variety of roles, including general support tasks, such as transporting groundcrew and equipment to display venues or other operating airfields. Importantly, as there are no other multi-engine tailwheel-configured aircraft in RAF service outside the BBMF, she is used for training aircrew for the BBMF multi-engine aircraft and in keeping the pilots of the Lancaster current on a multi-engine tailwheel aircraft during the winter months when the bomber is out of action.
Increasingly, though, the Dakota has become a display aircraft in her right and now appears regularly on the airshow either on her own or as part of a BBMF 3-ship formation, in company with a pair of fighters. She continues to be capable of para-dropping and is used in that role for special commemorative events. During 2004, original and authentic para-seats' were re-fitted to the Dakota, returning the cabin interior to the original, wartime specification. In 2007 clearance was gained to drop the RAF freefall parachute display team, 'The Falcons' and we will continue to drop them in 2008 and clearance is also expected imminently to drop the latest military static line parachute, thus enabling BBMF to drop the current generation of paratroopers.
Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales & Catherine Middleton
Buckingham Palace, London.
Image shows the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight passing overhead the Mall and the Royal Couple on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
More than 1, 300 personnel from across the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force played a key role in the ceremonial elements of the Royal Wedding today. Their roles included Guard duties, lining the ceremonial route, musical support through ceremonial bands, and a spectacular seven-aircraft flypast from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and two Tornado and two Typhoon fast jets.
Representing all of the Armed Forces inside the Abbey for the service was Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, Chief of the General Staff General Sir Peter Wall, and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton.
Further afield, troops in Afghanistan watched the service and held their own celebrations to wish the couple well. Alongside his current Royal Air Force Search and Rescue role, HRH Prince William is also Commodore-in-Chief of Submarines, Colonel of the Irish Guards, Royal Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby and Patron of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
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