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Spitfire to take on Messerschmitt at Biggin Hill Festival of Flight
Two iconic fighters from the early 1940s will take to the air at Biggin Hill’s Festival of Flight.
The event on June 14 will see duel in the sky between two former foes – the RAF Spitfire and the Messerschmitt Bf 109.
Test pilot Dan Griffiths will be behind the controls of the Spitfire while the former German fighter will be flown by Paul Bonhomme, an experienced display pilot and Red Bull air racing champion.
The simulated dogfight will provide a historic re-enactment of a scene at RAF Biggin Hill during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940 when Spitfires and Hurricanes were engaged in daily combat with the Luftwaffe in the defence of London.
Event organiser Colin Hitchins says the pilots in these two famous fighter types will create a convincing and realistic air battle scenario for spectators.
He said: “Operating at low level over the display line, we shall experience the sound and the fury of air combat that was a regular daily occurrence 74 years ago in the skies above Kent between these two types.
“They are broadly similar in performance.”
The duel in the sky will take place during the afternoon period.
Later during the day, The Red Arrows will mark their 50th flying season with a full display at the airport where the original team flew their first ever UK display in May 1965.
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