Everything you need to know about the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight this weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:13 18 August 2017

Wing walkers at Biggin Hill. Keith Larby/AK Photos

Wing walkers at Biggin Hill. Keith Larby/AK Photos


This year’s festival takes place over two days

Thousands are set to flock to Biggin Hill Airport this weekend for its annual airshow featuring a full range of flying displays.

To celebrate the airport’s 100th birthday, this year’s airshow will take place across two days as planes from France, Belgium and the Czech Republic take to the skies.

Despite news that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster, two Hurricanes and four Spitfires would not be able to fly, some of the airport’s own Second World War aircraft will take to the skies instead.

Two Spitfires and a Hurricane from Biggin Hill’s Heritage Hangar will fly for 12 minutes on both days.

The Red Arrows will also take off on Saturday and Sunday between 2pm and 4pm, along with the Belgian Air Force F16 display team and a number of plane and helicopter displays from the Czech Air Force.

On Saturday the RAF’s Typhoon Display Team will also take off.

The next day, festival goers will see the French Air Force’s Patrouille de France in their only UK appearance of the year.

A number of warbirds will also take off across the weekend along with aerobatic performances and plenty to see on the ground too.

The festival will end with an eight minute solo Spitfire display as the sun sets.

Colin Hitchins, Festival of Flight director London Biggin Hill, said: “As well as our classic and modern displays, this year’s show will include aerobatics from two national teams. The Festival of Flight exceeds visitor’s expectations every year, and 2017 is no exception – this year’s exclusive line-up makes it summer’s must-attend aviation event.”

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