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Eastbourne International Airshow 2017


BATTLE of BRITAIN Memorial Flight The mission of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) is to maintain the priceless artefacts of our national heritage in airworthy condition in order to commemorate those who have fallen in the service of this country, to promote the modern day Air Force and to inspire the future generations. Formed on 11 July 1957, the BBMF is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017. Today the BBMF is a household name and a national institution with a long established tradition of marking the end of World War II and those who bravely fought in it as a mark of respect. A dedicated unit, commanded by Squadron Leader Andy Millikin, it has its own headquarters, entrusted with caring for priceless assets of British aviation heritage. Keeping the last remaining examples of the legendary fighters which had won the Battle of Britain – The Hurricane and Spitfire – in the air. The Flight operates six Spitfires, two Hurricane Mk 2Cs, a Lancaster as well as a C47 Dakota and two Chipmunk aircraft. Today at the Eastbourne Air Show you will see the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. These aircraft can be regularly seen in the skies over the UK celebrating and commemorating public and military events from State occasions such as Trooping the Colour to major air displays and simple flypasts for public events. 26 EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL aIR S HOW 2017

SPITFIRE DIMENSIONS Height: 3.48m Length: 9.2m Wingspan: 11.23m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 370mph POWERPLANT 1 x Rolls-Royce Merlin XII engine producing up to 1,175hp HURRICANE DIMENSIONS Height: 4m Length: 9.75m Wingspan: 12.19m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 339mph POWERPLANT 1 x Rolls-Royce Merlin XX engine producing up to 1,280hp LANCASTER DIMENSIONS Height: 5.97m Length: 21.18m Wingspan: 31.09m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 280mph POWERPLANT 4 x Rolls-Royce Merlin XX V12 engines FLYING TIMES Thurs 14:00; Fri 14:00 Sat 15:30; Sun 15:30 DID YOU KNOW? HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is the Patron of the BBMF. The Flight is known as a ‘museum without walls’. airbourneeastbourne eb_airshow WWW.EASTBOURNEAIRSHOW.COM 27

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