You will hear it long before you see it. With the unmistakable roar of either a Merlin or Griffon engine, you are aware when a Supermarine Spitfire is approaching. And then you see it, those sleek lines and the unmistakable elliptical wing… a true beauty!
The most famous aircraft in the world is a major draw card at air shows around the country, enthralling young and old alike with spectacular displays.
Imperial War Museum – Flying Legends – 9/10 July 2016 - Duxford
One of the biggest air shows in the UK, Flying Legends not only features a host of Spitfires – seven are confirmed so far for this year – but other famous aircraft from World War II. Other than their spectacular individual displays, Flying Legends is famous for its final event, the balbo. Here, a large number of aircraft that have taken part in the event, fly in mass formations over the crowds – a sight and sound not to be missed. The air show opens from 8am to 6pm on both days with flights between 2pm and 5:30pm.
Imperial War Museum – Meet the Fighters – 10/11 September 2016 - Duxford
Another air show under the auspices of the Imperial War Museum, Meet the Fighters is another firm favourite on the circuit. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Royal Air Force fighter command so expect to see many Spitfires and Hurricanes. But it’s not all about the vintage fleet from World War II. Britain’s modern defensive marvels will also take to the skies to show just how far the fighter plane has come in the last 80 years. The air show opens from 8am to 6pm on both days with flights between 1.30pm and 5:15pm.
Personal Spitfire Display – Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar/Into the Blue
Lastly, how about your own personal Spitfire display? Into the Blue in conjunction with the Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger offer the chance of your own air show. This service is mostly offered in close proximity to Biggin Hill (20 miles) but can be arranged further afield, although not over built up areas. Your own personal Spitfire display will include flybys, some aerobatics and lasts for around seven minutes.