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BBMF Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota flypasts for DHF

Posted on 3 April 2018

It’s eyes to the skies at Donington Park on Saturday May 5, when a Spitfire and Hurricane from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) will treat DHF visitors to a flypast. And necks will be craning again on Sunday, May 6, when the BBMF Dakota – a rather larger aircraft – flies over the event.

20,341 Spitfires were built in 22 different variants and the aircraft remained in production for 12 years. The development potential of the original design allowed the Spitfire to establish and then maintain the air superiority so vital to the defence of Britain and to keep pace with the improvements in performance of enemy fighters throughout World War Two. The Supermarine Spitfire played a major part in achieving ultimate victory in the War and truly deserves its place as probably the most successful fighter design ever, and certainly as the most famous and charismatic of all time.

The Hawker Hurricane is one of the classic fighters of all time, designed and built for war. It was at the forefront of Britain’s defence in 1940 and it played a major part in achieving the victory of 1945. Sadly, today, there are only 12 Hurricanes still airworthy worldwide; only 6 of those in UK. The BBMF is proud to operate two of these historically important and rare aircraft.

The Douglas C-47 Dakota – a military version of the DC-3 airliner – is without doubt one of the most successful aircraft designs in history. The C-47 Dakota you’ll see over Donington Park was initially issued to the United States Army Air Force. It was soon transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force and served in Canada during World War Two. It is now painted to represent Dakota FZ692 of No 233 Squadron, around the D-Day period in 1944. This aircraft, which was named ‘Kwicherbichen’ by her crews, was involved in Para-dropping operations on the eve of D-Day and subsequently in re-supply and casualty evacuation missions into and out of forward airfields in the combat areas.

 

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