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BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL FLIGHT
Aerostars                          Blackcats

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight or BBMF presently consist of eleven aircraft :-
5 Spitfires, 2 Hurricanes, 1 Lancaster,
1 Dakota and 2 Chipmunks.

They are operated by the Royal Air Force and have been based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire since 1976. The BBMF participate in scores of Displays every year.

The display crew and groundcrew are all volunteers drawn from the Royal Air Force. The Flight routinely makes over 700 individual aircraft appearances during a year, ranging from major air shows to village fetes.

The BBMF are usually represented at airshows with the Lancaster flanked by a Spitfire and Hurricane.

Pilots and Aircrew

The Fighter Pilots: -
Group Captain ME 'Sammy' Sampson
Wing Commander Paul 'Godders' Godfrey
Squadron Leader Ian Smith
Squadron Leader Duncan Mason
Squadron Leader Andy Millikin
Flight Lieutenant Antony Parkinson
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The Bomber Pilots: -
Flight Lieutenant Ernie Taylor
Flight Lieutenant Roger Nichols
Flight Lieutenant Loz Rushmere
Flight Lieutenant Tim Dunlop
Squadron Leader Jamie Watson
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The Navigators: -
Squadron Leader Russ Russell
Squadron Leader Tony Beresford
Flight Lieutenant Billy Hodgkison
Flight Lieutenant Rich Gibby
Flight Lieutenant Ady Hargreaves
Flight Lieutenant James 'Big Jim' Furness
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The Flight Engineers: -
Master Aircrew Archie Moffat
Flight Sergeant Martin Blyth
Flight Sergeant Mark Fellows
Flight Sergeant Jon Crisp
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The Air Loadmasters: -
Squadron Leader Pete Appleby
MACR Craig Bampton
FS Paul Simmons
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History of the BBMF
September 15th has became known as 'Battle of Britain' day as that day in 1940 marked the height of aerial action.

In 1945, thousands of people gathered in London to watch RAF fighters carry out the first of what was to become an annual commemorative flypast.

As aircraft design progressed to the Jet age, Spitfires and Hurricanes were phased out and by the late 1950's 'LF363' was the only airworthy Hurricane left in the RAF and the last 3 RAF Spitfires were being flown on Temperature and Humidity monitoring duties.

Amongst others, Wing Commander Peter Thompson had a strong belief that the RAF's greatest Battle Honour should continue to be commemorated with flypasts by Hurricanes and Spitfires. He was given authority to form a unit though he had no public funding and all manpower would have to be voluntary.

With their operational careers over, the three remaining Spitfire PR.XIXs (PM631, PS853 and PS915) were allocated to the new memorial unit along with Hurricane LF363. They flew to Biggin Hill on 11th July 1957, when what we now know as the BBMF was formed as the Historic Aircraft Flight (HAF).

However, the wartime pilots objected to form a tribute to the Battle of Britain with a variant of the Spitfire that was not designed to fire guns. So three Mk.XVIs (TE330, TE476 and SL574) used for ground display,were given priority be given to be brought up to flying condition.

In 1957 the HAF carried out its first commemorative flypast over Westminster Abbey for Battle of Britain Day with LF363 and TE330. ....... Click Here for more information

BBMF Display Information

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Military Airshows Calendar  Airshow Calendar
©Nigel Key BBMF (RIAT 2012)

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight photographed at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2012, featuring Avro Lancaster (PA474), Spitfire Mk.Vb (AB910) and Spitfire Mk.IIa (P7350).

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BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL FLIGHT
Aerostars                          Blackcats
Photographs ©Dave Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
BBMF Spitfire - AB910 (RIAT 2012) BBMF Spitfire - P7350 (RIAT 2012) BBMF Lancaster (RIAT 2012)
RIAT 2012
RIAT 2012
RIAT 2012
BBMF Spitfire - AB910 (Kemble 2011) BBMF Hurricane - LF363 (Duxford 2010) BBMF Lancaster (Duxford 2010)
Kemble 2011
Duxford 2010
Duxford 2010
BBMF (Cosford 2009) BBMF Spitfire - PM631 (Cosford 2009) BBMF Hurricane - PZ865 (Kemble 2008)
Cosford 2009
Cosford 2009
Kemble 2008

Main Aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Spitfire AB910 (Kemble 2009) Supermarine Spitfire      Information.
Mark: Vb
Serial No: AB910
Collection: B.B.M.F.
Based: RAF Coningsby.
Spitfire - MK356 (Waddington 2005) Supermarine Spitfire      Information.
Mark: IXe
Serial No: MK356
Collection: B.B.M.F.
Based: RAF Coningsby.
Spitfire - P7350 (Biggin Hill 2005) Supermarine Spitfire      Information.
Mark: IIa
Serial No: P7350
Collection: B.B.M.F.
Based: RAF Coningsby.
Spitfire - PM631 (RIAT 2007) Supermarine Spitfire      Information.
Mark: XIX
Serial No: PM631
Collection: B.B.M.F.
Based: RAF Coningsby.
Spitfire - PS915 (RIAT 2007) Supermarine Spitfire      Information.
Mark: XIX
Serial No: PS915
Collection: B.B.M.F.
Based: RAF Coningsby.

HYurricane - LF363 (Duxford 2010) Hawker Hurricane      Information.
Mark: IIc
Serial No: LF363
Collection: B.B.M.F.
Based: RAF Coningsby.
Hurricane - PZ865 (Kemble 2008) Hawker Hurricane      Information.
Mark: IIc
Serial No: PZ865
Collection: B.B.M.F.
Based: RAF Coningsby.

Avro Lancaster (Duxford 2010) Avro Lancaster      Information.
Serial No: PA474
Collection: B.B.M.F.
Based: RAF Coningsby.

Related Links: -

de Havilland Chipmunk (www.raf.mod.uk)

C47 Dakota (www.raf.mod.uk)

Supermarine Spitfire (www.militaryplanes.co.uk)

Hawker Hurricane (www.militaryplanes.co.uk)

Avro Lancaster (www.militaryplanes.co.uk)