Biggin Hill in Kent is a very famous fighter station and on November 2nd, 1939, one of its resident Squadrons claimed the first enemy aircraft of the war when it shot down a Dornier Do 17. Biggin Hill played a major role in the Battle of Britain during WWII.
The last 'International Air Fair' was held at Biggin Hill in 2010. A new format of an Open House Air Day at Biggin Hill Airport will replace this event starting in 2011.
Text - Courtesy Military Airshow in the UK
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Biggin Hill History|
Biggin Hill was established in 1917 as a wireless testing park and the Air to Air and Air to Ground telephony systems were developed at this site.
Bristol fighters of 141 squadron R.F.C were also based here as part of the inner patrol zone of the London Air Defence Area. The Bristol Fighters sported a bright red cockerel painted on the fuselage.
After the First World War, Biggin Hill was home to the Instrument Design Establishment but it was moved to Farnborough in 1922. Snipes of 56 squadron were stationed here along with a night flying flight.
At the end of 1927, 56 Squadron which now operated Siskins were transferred to North Weald and a couple of years later the night flying flight also departed. The Station was then reconstructed in 1929 and was ready for occupation by 1932.
Two Squadrons moved in with Demons and Bulldogs, and an Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Flight was formed. In 1937, Biggin Hill was host to two Squadrons both equipped with Gauntlets and later the Station was home to the Hawker Hurricane.
During the Second World War, 79 Squadron based at Biggin Hill claimed the first enemy aircraft when it shot down a Dornier Do17 on November 2nd 1939.
Hurricanes from Biggin flew constant patrols over the beaches during the evacuation of Dunkirk. During the Battle of Britain the Station was home to several Spitfire Squadrons. Biggin Hill aerodrome was attacked repeatedly and received heavy damage by the Luftwaffe but still remained operational throughout the battle.
In 1944 when the first V1 flying bombs started to fall in southern England, Biggin Hill Station had to close because of its proximity to London brought it within the defensive balloon barrage belt and the Station was taken over by the balloon crews.
Later, Biggin Hill resumed the offensive fighter role by escorting Lancasters and Halifaxes in daylight attacks on Germany. Text - Courtesy Military Airshow in the UK
Biggin Hill Airshow|
Biggin Hill International Air Fair saw its last air show in 2010 after Biggin Hill Airport Ltd gave notice to Air Displays International Ltd to terminate the licence under which the Biggin Hill International Air Fair is run.
However, there will be a new format of an Open House Air Day at Biggin Hill Airport, Click here for further information.
The Google map below will help you to locate Biggin Hill Airport and allows you to zoom in for more detail or switch to satellite view.
Biggin Hill Open House Air Day 2011
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Post Code: TN16 3BN