Battle of Britain Flying Day 2012

Supermarine Spitfires and a Hawker Hurricane take to the sky again… August 2012 the Flying Heritage Collection commemorated the 1940 Battle of Britain where the outnumbered RAF fought off the German Luftwaffe and saved Britain from imminent invasion. The Spitfire Mk.Vc and Hurricane Mk.XIIA of the Flying Heritage Collection were joined by the nearby Historic Flight Foundation’s Spitfire Mk.IXe.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX Mk.Vc Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIA Flying Heritage Collection Washington USA
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXe, Mk.Vc and Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIA
Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIA Flying Heritage Collection
The Hawker Hurricane from the Flying Heritage Collection was the first to taxi out for takeoff
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc Flying Heritage Collection
Then the Flying Heritage Collection Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXe Historic Flight Foundation
Then the Historic Flight Foundation Spitfire joined the group

Unlike the Luftwaffe Flying Day a few weeks prior, these classic British fighters all took to the air without any issues. They then put on a fantastic flight display which was also a first for me seeing a Hurricane fly with not one but two Spitfires! It was great to hear the roar of three Rolls Royce Merlin engines in the sky.

Spitfire Hurricane formation
High flying formation overhead
Supermarine Spitfire Hawker Hurricane Battle of Britain
Legends of the Battle of Britain
Spitfire Hurricane Flying Heritage Collection Battle of Britain day
It was a delight to hear all those Rolls Royce Merlin engines go by
Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIA
Hurricane solo
Flying Heritage Collection Spitfire Mk.Vc
The Flying Heritage Spitfire solo performance
Historic Flight Foundation Spitfire Mk.IX
A nice pass by the Historic Flight Foundation Spitfire Mk.IX

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Winston Churchill – British Prime Minister, August 20th, 1940.

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