Friday, 24 June 2011


Following the fancy dress parade tomorrow ...

RAF Coningsby has said that they are planning a flypast in a World War II Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at approx 13.40 hrs local (give or take a few minutes) on Saturday 25 June during the commencement of the Welwyn Festival's Family Fun Day - and may ‘tip their wings’ to us as they return home from their national Armed Forces Day display. 

We are really excited about this and thank Wing Commander Brayshaw (whose home is in Welwyn) for arranging it. He told us that there is no problem with Luton airport being so close as the Spitfire flies at a lower altitude than commercial flights and the Luton navigation beacon isn't required as they fly using an old fashioned compass - and Google maps!!

The pilot says that the Spitfire should approach from the south, along (above!) the high street and over the festival.  He will probably buzz us a few times then with a ‘waggle’ of wings depart to his next venue.   
(subject to weather & other circumstances beyond their control)

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) is part of RAF Coningsby, accessible to the public. Interesting links:
BBMF website
BBMF visitors centre
Follow BBMF on Twitter
Like the BBMF Facebook Page

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