The BBMF came to fruition in 1957 at RAF Biggin Hill in Kent mainly at the instigation of Group Captain Peter Thompson and was known as the “RAF Historic Aircraft Flight”.
The flight as it was then initially consisted of three PR Mk XIX Spitfires and the RAF’s last airworthy Hurricane, LF363. After being renamed the “Battle of Britain Memorial Flight” in 1969 the flight continued to grow into the organisation that we are familiar with today.
The Flight maintains twelve historic and irreplaceable aircraft in airworthy condition:
- AVRO LAncaster BI PA474 - 'City of Lincoln'
- C-47 Douglas Dakota - 'Kwicherbichen'
- Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa P7350
- Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb AB910
- Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MK356
- Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIe TE311
- Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIX PS915
- Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIX PM631
- Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc LF363
- Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc PZ865
- de Havilland Chipmunk WG486
- de Havilland Chipmunk WK518
The aircraft of the The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Hover over each image for a description of each aircraft and its current paint scheme.