65 years since BBMF formed at RAF Biggin Hill & Installation of the Statue at The Strongest Link Garden

© Crown Copyright – taken by the Air Historical Branch-RAF

Monday 11th July 2022 marked 65 years since the Supermarine Spitfire last flew in Service. On 11th July 1957, the ceremonial flight from Liverpool to RAF Biggin Hill marked the start of the airframe’s honourable retirement and inauguration of the RAF Historic Aircraft Flight – known today as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The aircraft were piloted by Group Captain JE ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, Group Captain J Rankin and Wing Commander PD Thompson, and were escorted by a Hawker Hunter F5 of 41 Squadron (WN967) and a Gloster Javelin FAW1 from 46 Squadron (XA568/H). (pictured above)

As we embrace the future, we’re passionate about honouring our rich history here at London Biggin Hill. Following its relocation from RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the statue for ‘The Strongest Link Garden’ was installed on-site at London Biggin Hill Airport. This significant milestone in the re-build was celebrated with a Spitfire flypast from Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.

Standing at four metres tall and constructed from 223 layers of laser cut stainless steel, the statue is a powerful and moving tribute to all those who have served and continue to serve in the Royal Air Force. The statue will be visible for the next two days, prior to being covered in preparation for the official unveiling and opening to the public later this year.

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