Goodwood prepares for Battle of Britain flypasts

Battle of Britain air display at the Goodwood Revival 2015

Battle of Britain air display at the Goodwood Revival 2015

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Dozens of vintage aircraft will carry out commemorative flypasts today to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

On this day in 1940, the Luftwaffe launched its largest and most concentrated attack against London in the hope of drawing out the RAF into a battle of annihilation. Around 1,500 aircraft took part in the air battles which lasted until dusk. The action was the climax of the Battle of Britain.

Around 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes and Blenheims from across the UK and America are set to fly from the Goodwood Aerodrome to honour the courageous pilots who fought for our freedom all those years ago.

There will be ten different routes flown by the planes, each taking off from Goodwood and making their way to various airfields in the south of England including Duxford, North Weald and Biggin Hill.

The first flight is set to depart at midday with four minute intervals separating each subsequent departure. The last section is due to take off at 12.36pm.

The Boultbee Flight Academy has warned that possible mechanical, weather or other operational issues could affect departure times as well as the routes flown.

Live information on departure times will be posted on the Boultbee Flight Academy Twitter page throughout the day.

Full flypast routes can be found at www.battleofbritainday.co.uk/

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