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Round-the-world trip to air show

PUBLISHED: 16:38 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:39 16 August 2010

A NEW ZEALAND display crew are bringing one of their aircraft to the Biggin Hill air show.

A NEW ZEALAND display crew are bringing one of their aircraft to the Biggin Hill air show.

Members of 40 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force will be flying their Boeing 757 some 12,000 miles to the International Air Fair on June 26 and 27, which is being sponsored by the Times.

Led by Squadron Leader Craig Abela, the crew will display the aircraft on the ground and in the air. They are representing RNZAF at the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

No fewer than 127 New Zealand pilots flew missions during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Several New Zealanders became high scorers. Pilot Officer Colin Gray, of 54 Squadron, and Flying Officer Brian Carbury, of 603 Squadron, both claimed 14 victims and Pilot Officer Al Deere, also of 54 Squadron, shot down nine.

New Zealander Air Vice Marshal Keith Park took command of 11 Group, RAF Fighter Command in April 1940, including Biggin Hill. He was responsible for the fighter defence of London and the South-east.

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