Texte : Marc Arys (& courtesy of IWM Duxford and the BBMF) & Pictures: Serge Van Heertum, Marc Arys & Sam Arys
İ sbap 2020
   

"I do not care much for propaganda, Minister. If we are right, they will quit. If they are right, they will be in London in a week."
"The engine is overheating and so am I. Either we stand down or blow up. Now which do you want?"
Two quotes from the Battle of Britain film which sum up the tensions during the conflict, including the very real problem of needing to get the Spitfires into the air because they were overheating on the ground.
Duxford, late May 1968... filming of this epic film starts... with the premier on 15 September 1969. 50 years ago ! This anniversary was the setting of the Duxford - Battle of Britain Air Show on September 21th and 22nd, 2019.
As Guy Hamilton was determined not to use models or special effects, and of course without CGI in those days, an armada of aircraft was gathered to recreate the battle at this authentic airfield - Casa 2.111 acting as Heinkels 111 ; HA-1112 Buchons (Spanish licence built BF109) ; Spitfires ; Hurricanes... An old WWI hangar was even blown up during the filming, rather than using special effects.
Many of the resident aircraft at Duxford took part in the movie and can still be admired. Had it not been for the Battle of Britain, many of these aircraft would have been lost today.

 

Duxford appeared as three different locations in the film : a French airfield, a frontline fighter station and the fictious 'South Downs Flying Club'. The decision to use Duxford so extensively, laid the foundations for the aviation museum, ensuring that a large part of the historic site was saved.
But Duxford was not alone a setting during the filming. The airbase also played a key role as a Sector Station for 12 Group during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
"10 July 1940 is now regarded as the first day of the Battle of Britain, marked by sustained attacks by the Luftwaffe on British convoys in the English Channel. IN the early weeks of the battle, 12 Group flew many sorties, but only had intermittent contact with the ennemy. On 15 August however, everything changed. For the first time the Luftwaffe deployed its three fleets together. The pilots of RAF Duxford flew alongside the reste of 12 Group and also 13 Group (Scotland and Northern England) to mount such an effective defence that one of the German air fleets was entirely knocked out of the battle. Two days later, 310 Squadron (the Czech squadron) started flying patrols from Duxford.



(Marc Arysİ)
Early in September, following the start of the 'Blitz' on London, Duxford's 19, 242 and 310 Squadrons were placed under the command of Douglas Bader to create the Duxford Wing. By 14 September two further squadrons had been allocated - 611 and 302 - enabling the first sortie to take place of Bader's five squadron 'Big Wing'. After countless pursuits, attacks and interceptions, the Battle of Britain was over on 31 October, with Hitler postponing his planned invasion of Britain. - Miranda Harrison, IWM"
  
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Scramble Bell & Warning
#1 & #2 (Marc Arysİ) - #3 (Serge Van Heertumİ)
Friend or Foe?
(Marc Arysİ)
Missions of the day
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
National Guards
(Sam Arysİ)
All the importance of the Observer Corps
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Women's Auxiliary Air Force...
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...combine charm with usefulness
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Waiting for the mission
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Pending action
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The tension is palpable
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Equipments ready
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The news are not good, an attack is expected
(Marc Arysİ)
Wing Commander car
(Marc Arysİ)
Aircraft are ready for the next scramble
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Armed and ready to receive the Luftwaffe
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
The Rolls Royce is still sleeping
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
He waits to be able to spit fire
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Line up and ready
(Sam Arysİ)
Time to go
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Anxiety is visible on certain faces
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Few second before start up
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Ready to fight with the Goëring pilots
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Attack Attack Attack
(Marc Arysİ)
The airfield is the prey of swastika planes
(Marc Arysİ)
Scrambles...
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
...all over the Southern UK
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
The fights are hard
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
The RAF stands firm
(Marc Arysİ)
The arenas of the sky
(Marc Arysİ)
Dogfight
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
RAF vs Luftwaffe
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Avoidance
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
One shoot!
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
In bad shape
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Out of combat
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Maybe the death at the end of this trail
(Marc Arysİ)
It's time to try to go back to France
(Marc Arysİ)
The RAF, the rage to fight
(Marc Arysİ)
Like an Hurricane
(Marc Arysİ)
Short final
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Back to base
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Work for the mechanics now
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Back until the next attack
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They taxi in proudly after the success of the day
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
One of "the Few"...
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
...but the Battle of Britain is not over
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
En route to the Squadron for the debriefing with the intelligence officer
(Sam Arysİ)
They were young, they were valiant...
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
The pilot office is empty now
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
It's time to pamper the wonder
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
They fought for our freedom 80 years ago...                                                       They fight for the duty of memory today...
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
With a twinkle to the fantastic Guy Hamilton movie and in memory of this wonderful sentence of Sir Winston Churchill Prime Minister during the Battle of Britain
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
 
The Duxford airshow is not only limited to the skies. Through the various exhibition, hangars, and events history lives on. Historic Duxford, outside Hangar 3, the Battle of Britain exhibition in Hangar 4 and the 1940 Operations Room, giving an insight into the complex communications (on the ground and in the air) that enabled the Battle of Britain to be won. But there were also labelled zones. The soundspace - where the public could create sound effects in the Foley Studio or experience technologies, including exciting capabilities of green-screen and virtual reality ; the party - shooting a fabulous party scene with live bands ; the wardrobe - with clothing experts, hair stylists and wardrobe assistants as can be found on every filmset and have a look behind-the-scenes and, of course, roving film crews creating movie magic across the airfield.
We started the days with our usual stroll among these various exhibitions to breathe in the magical atmosphere of Duxford. On Saturday the weather was superb and during the little walk on the flight-line we had a close encounter with the gorgeous movie stars together with reenactors bringing the film to life again. Our youngest contributor, Sam, concluded his morning walk with a flight in a Dragon Rapide and could not get enough of this ambience. He certainly will be back in 2020.
As the morning slowly came to an end, we looked up our trusted spot and settled in for a magnificent air display.
 
Aerial view of Duxford Airfield
(Marc Arysİ)
In good company
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Faithful as his shadow
(Marc Arysİ)

The new SBAP team recruit
(Marc Arysİ)
Plenty of ideas, nice to see the new generation in action
(Marc Arysİ)
In the exhibition halls: Focke-Achgelis FA 330 Bachstelze
(Sam Arysİ)
Zero Fighter
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Thumb up for your work Sam!
(Sam Arysİ)
Sea Vixen
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Preparing the machines: From World War I...
(Marc Arysİ)
...to World War II
(Sam Arysİ)
Little bit music of the past
(Marc Arysİ)
Some are ready for the airshow!
(Sam Arysİ)
Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XI (PL965) from Hangar 11 Collection (Peter Teichman)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
The former Belgian Spitfire MH434
(Marc Arysİ)
Spitfire line
(Marc Arysİ)
Yak nose on Voïenno-vozdouchnye sily Rossiï way
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Yak nose on Normandie-Niemen way
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Gladiator
(Marc Arysİ)
US Stearman trainer
(Sam Arysİ)
Lysander duo…simply wonderful
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
European and African front
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Back in 1969 during the shots of the famous movie of Guy Hamilton
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Elegant like...
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
...a Spitfire
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Trainer aircraft line
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Back to the Cold War
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Anachronism
(Marc Arysİ)
WSK-PZL Mielec MIG-15 UTI (LIM2) (18 Red) the Mig registration of Yuri Gagarin
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
A jet trainer this time
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
USA and CCCP side by side
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Canadair CT-133 Silver Star...Not a Lockheed one...
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
To fight in 1917...
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
...or to travel in the 1950's
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When the sun plays with the canvas and the metal, the shadows have fun!
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Starting with an attack on Duxford airfield by four HA-1112 - Búchons with pyrotechnical effects (details on the Búchons can be found at our page Flying Legends 2019). Followed by the take-off of the defending Hawker Hurricanes and subsequent aerial battle, where the Búchons suffered some losses and fled the scene. History being relive...

Next we had a flight from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), sadly without the Lancaster B1. So the Spitfire PR Mk XIX and Hurricane Mk II took the honours on Saturday. Luckily on Sunday, although the weather was cloudy, the Lancaster was present allowing us to enjoy once again this marvellous sight and sound. Only 246 Spitfire PR Mk XIX (photographic reconaissance, hence PR) were built. Only four of this variant are still airworthy in the world, two of which are operated by the BBMF. Hawker Hurricane Mk II (LF363) is a flying memorial to alle those who flew and maintained Hurricanes and what they achieved during the course of the Second World War - "Spitfire may have been the 'glamour girl' of the Battle, but the Hurricane was the workhorse" (courtesy of BBMF).

Before moving on through the years, we had the great display of the Bremont Great War Team, flying WWI replica's and taking us back to the Great War era. All together with pyrotechnics and machine-gun sounds. Sometimes hard to believe men flew and fought in this flying machines… The Avro 504 which went to war in 1914 as a frontline aircraft and later on as a trainer. The Royal Aircraft Factory BE2, sadly incapable of defending itself against the German fighters, became an effective night fighter. The Sopwith Triplane was a success, capable of out-turning any ennemy scout and was quickly copie by the Germans with their Fokker Dr 1 Triplane. The SE5a was a fast, rugged and excellent gun platform. The Junckers CL1 two-seat ground attack aircraft was an all-metal monoplane.

On Sunday, the nicely restored De Havilland DH9 took to the air. The DH9 was intended to replace the DH4 day bomber to carry heavier loads over greater distances, but it was not a success and faded from the RAF superseded by the excellent DH9a. Two surviving airframes were discovered in India and recovered to the UK. One was restored to static conditions, while E-8894 was restored to flying conditions, taking 17 years to be completetd. It is the only original First World War bomber flying in the world today.

Back to some more powerful aircraft. The Furious Formation flying a Hawker Fury Mk II and two Sae Fury T20. Sheer power in the sky. With the end of the war nearing, the Royal Air Force had no interest in the new Hawker Fury, but the navalised version - the Sea Fury - was to become the Royal Navy last propeller driven fighter, with a maximum speed of 460 mph, armed with four 20 mm cannon and could carry 2.000 lbs of external ordnance.

Followed by one of the numerous residents at Duxford, the Boeing B-17G flying Fortress 'Sally B', the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe. Although too late to see service in the Second World War, and as well as flying regularly at air shows and commemorative events, it acts as the United States Army Air Force official flying memorial to the thousands of young Americans who gave their lives during WWII. Sally B flew together with the Republic P-47D Thunderbolt flying in the colours of the 48th Fighter Group's 492 nd Fighter Squadron. The P-47D was first flown in 1941 and was the most numerous American fighter ever built. With its armament of eight .50 caliber machine-guns, plus rockets or bombs, the Thunderbolt excelled as a high-altitude escort fighter and in the ground attack role.
After Sally B's flight we all could witness 'Smokey's (n° 3 engine) last hours, as by now it should have been replaced.

Four P-51D Mustangs overhead Duxford airfield. We all do remember the movie - Empire of the Sun - and see Jamie climbing a huge tower, making himself level with the fighter pilots to express his delight screaming at the top of his lungs : "P-51 Cadillac of the Skies… HORSEPOWERRRRRRRRRRRR…". North American P-51D Mustang 'Tall in the saddle' in the colours of the 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, known as the Tuskagee Airmen. This aircraft is a rarity as it has never had a major rebuild and is almost as originally as it was when built in 1944. North American TF-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary' was one of the last to be built by North American Aviaition and saw service with the 45th Tactrical Reconaissance Squadron during the Korean War, before serving with the Air National Guard until 1956. The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation P-51D Mustang spend most of its career with training units in the USA before being transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1951 before being retired from the RCAF in 1958. North American P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen' was deliverd to the US Army Air Force in 1945 and saw active service during WWII with the 652nd Fighter Group based at RAF Bodney in Norfolk, the so-called "Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney" and has several confirmed kills to its name.

A little less horsepower but also a delight to see, the Mercury Formation, with the Bristol Blenheim Mk I, two Westland Lysander Mk III and the Gloster Gladiator Mk I, flown in a graceful formation. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the RAF had more Bristol Belnheims than any other aircraft type, but by the 1970's few had survived and there were no more flying examples. After a 12 years restoration project a Blenheim took to the skies again in 1987 but was wrecked in an accident. Another restoration saw it in the air again in 1993. Fate had its lot and after a landing accident in 2003 it was again restored to fly again in 2015. It was featured in the latest film Dunkirk. The Westland Lysander was designed as an Army co-operation aircraft and first flew in 1936. Being too large and too slow it was withdrawn from frontline service, but continued in other roles, the best know being its use by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) with clandestine night operations into occupied Europe, ferrying agents into and out of small fileds marked out by the Resistance (Book to be read - We landed by moonlight, by Hugh Verity). The Gloster Gladiator is one of the two Gladiators still flying in the world. Built in 1937, it was used as an instructional airframe after the war. It was retored to flying conditions and returned to full military specifications in 1956. When Gloster Aircraft closed the aircraft was presented by Hawker Siddeley to the Shuttleworth Collection in November 1960. Since 2007 the aircraft appeared as K7985 of 73 Squadron.

During the conflict the Navy had also its share of contributions. The Vought F-4U Corsair with its inverted gull-wing, introduced in 1940 and the first fighter to exceed 400mph. The Grumman F-8F Bearcat, designed to operate from small escort carriers in the Pacific but arriving just too late to see service. Nonetheless 1200 Bearcats were built. The Grumman FM-2 Wildcat was the Navy first retractable-gear monoplane fighter entering service with both the US Navy and the Royal Navy in 1940. And the trusted Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina. First flight was in 1935 and was conceived as a long-range patrol bomber but it proved so versatile that the <catalinas were used by the Allies in a variety of roles, including anti-sbumarine warfare, convoy protection and air-sea rescue aircraft.

But without trainers none of all this flying could have been achieved… The Boeing PT-17 Stearman, built in 1934, became a huge success during the Second World war as the primary trainer for the US Army Air Corps and the US Navy. The Vultee BT-13 Valiant first flew in 1939 but was considered too complcated and too powerful for young student pilots. The North American Harvard IV firts flight was in 1935 and over 17.000 were built in at least 250 versions. It features a retractable undercarriage, flaps and other refinements wich enbled pilots to transition to more advanced types. The Noorduyn Harvard Mk. IV, built in 1944, is the oldest flying Harvard still flying in the UK. And the North American NA-64 Yale was built as the result of a French order for 230 aircraft. Airworthy Yale are a rare sight anywhere and this one is the only currently flying in Europe.

Fighters from the Russian front were also present at Duxford. A Yakovlev Yak-3UA and a Yakovlev Yak-9UM. The Yak-3 entered service in 1944 and was a small and light aircraft designed especially for low-level operations. The Yak-9 was developed from the succesful Yak-7B and was easy to handle with a high power-to-weight ratio. It was produced in large numbers and many variants between 1942 and 1948.

Going back to the Korean jet era with the Canadair CT-133 Silver Star and the Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG-15UTI. The Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star was America's first operational jet fighter, although just to late to see service in WWII. A version of the P-80 with a lenghtened nose and provisoin fort wo seats, proved ideal for jet aircraft trainee pilots. As the T-33 it saw action in Korea, Laos and Cuba as a reconnaissance aircraft, but is best known as a trainer aircraft widely used by many NATO countries during the Cold War. The CT-133 was licence built in 1958 and served with the Royal Candian Air Force until being decommissioned in 2007. It is the sole airworthy T-33 in Europe.
The prototype of the MIG15 flew in 1947. It was a tubby, pugnacious-looking swept wing fighter and powered by an unlicensed Rolls Royve Nene jet engine. Like most of the Russian aircraft of this era, it was crudely but solidly built and could withstand heavy punishment. This MIG-15UTI was built in Poland in 1952 ans served with the Polish Air Force until 1990. Red 18 is to represent the aircraft of Yuri Gagarin, the Russian figher pilot and first man in space.

A Supermarine Spitfire formation concluded the 2019 Battle of Britain airshow. Sadly during the mass take-off, Spitfire Mk VIII (MT928 / D-FEUR) had a propeller strike and aborted its take-off. But again, the sound and sight of 15 Spitfires flying overhead Duxford sent shivers down our spines ! Concluded by a splendid solo-display by Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MH434. This latter being built in 1943 clocking up a distinguished wartime record, mainly with 222 Squadron and 79 operational sorties and several kills to its credit.

 
 
Lancaster B Mk I (PA474) - Spitfire PR Mk XIX (PS915) - Hurricane Mk IIc (LF363)
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Fokker DR.1 - Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A - Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c - Sopwith Triplane
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Hawker Fury IS (SR661) - Hawker Sea Fury T.20 (VX281) - Hawker Sea Fury T.20 (WG655)
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Boeing B-17G "Sally B" - Republic P-47D Thunderboldt "Nellie B"
When Nellie meet Sally !
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North American TF51D Mustang "Contrary Mary" - North American P-51D Mustang "Miss Helen"
North American P-51D Mustang KH774 "Sharkmouth" - North American P-51D Mustang "Tall In The Saddle"
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Bristol Blenheim Mk I (L6739) - Gloster Gladiator Mk I (L8032) - Westland Lysander IIIA (V9312) - Westland Lysander Mk III (V9367)
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Canadian Vickers PBY-5A Canso (11005) - Grumman FM-2 Wildcat (86711) - Goodyear FG-1D Corsair (88297)
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Boeing A75-N1 Stearman (75-4041) - Vultee BT-13A Valiant (10425)
North American NA-64 Yale (3349) - North American Harvard T.1 (KF183)
Canadian Car and Foundry Harvard IV (53-4619) - Noorduyn Aviation AT-16 Harvard IIB (FE511)
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Yakovlev Yak-9 UM (0470406) "Mockba" -  Yakovlev Yak-3 U (0470202) "Neuneu"
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WSK-PZL Mielec MIG-15 UTI (LIM2) (1A01004) - Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (133599)
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The final of the airshow, and what a final !
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Spitfire Mk Ia (N3200) QV Imperial War Museum
Spitfire Mk Vb (EP120) AE-AThe Fighter Collection
Spitfire Mk Vc (EE602) DV-V Anglia Aircraft Restorations Ltd
Spitfire Mk Vb (BM597) JH-C Historic Aircraft Collection
Spitfire Mk Vc (JG891) T-B Comanche Fighters
Spitfire Mk IXb (MH434) ZD-B The Old Flying Machine Company
Spitfire Mk IXe (RR232)
"City of Exeter" Boultbee Flight Academy
Spitfire Mk IXe (TD314) FX-P Aero Legends

Spitfire TR Mk IX T (PV202) 5R-H ARCO Duxford
Spitfire TR Mk IX T (NH341) DB-E Aero Legends
Spitfire TR Mk IX T (PT462) SW-A ARCO Duxford
Spitfire TR Mk IX T (ML407) NL-D Air Leasing Ltd
Spitfire PR Mk XI (PL965) Hangar 11
Spitfire FR Mk XIV (ML268) JE-J The Fighter Collection
Spitfire LF Mk XVI (TD248) CR-S Spitfire Ltd
Spitfire FR Mk XVIII (SM845) R Spitfire Ltd

  















The 16 participant Spitfires
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Dark earth and dark green camouflage
European front
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Ocean grey and dark green camouflage
European front
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D-Day stripes
European front june 1944
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Midstone and dark earth camouflage
African front
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
PRU Blue scheme
Photographic Reconnaissance Unit
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Silver finish scheme
End of World War II and post war
(Serge Van Heertumİ)

Little incident that could have been worse...
Spitfire Mk VIIIc (MT928) D-FEUR hit the runway with its propeller
#1 (DR via FB) - #2 (Serge Van Heertumİ)
Take off aborted and blades damaged as result.
A careful check of the engine will also be necessary
(Marc Arysİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
 
2020 will see the 80 st anniversary of the Battle of Britain, so insert already the dates in your agenda's : Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2020.

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" 
(Winston Churchill)
Lest we forget !

The SBAP-team wishes to thank warmly and heartily the organizers for giving us once again such a wonderful moment to relive. Also the crewmembers at Classic Wings for letting me have the left aft seat to get some 'aerial' pictures of Duxford's Battle of Britain flightline. And above all, all the members of the IWM media-team for our accredition, their welcome and support during our stay. But especially Miss Rachel Powell for granting access to my son and youngest contributor Sam, who still talks about his two days at Duxford, showing proudly 'his' airshow badge. See you all again in 2020 !!

 

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