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More than a squadron of Spitfires
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The greatest concentration of Spitfires in the world. www.bigginhillheritagehangar.co.uk

Operating as usual

It’s fantastic to be welcoming veterans back to the Biggin Hill Heritag Hangar for a long overdue catch up.Many familiar...
08/09/2021

It’s fantastic to be welcoming veterans back to the Biggin Hill Heritag Hangar for a long overdue catch up.
Many familiar faces plus a few new friends .
It’s a pleasure to see you all.

It’s fantastic to be welcoming veterans back to the Biggin Hill Heritag Hangar for a long overdue catch up.
Many familiar faces plus a few new friends .
It’s a pleasure to see you all.

26/05/2021

Yesterday we bid farewell to MJ755 'The Greek Spitfire'. Pilot Pete Kynsey has the fantastic task of flying the aircraft back to Greece via France and Italy.

We were honoured to be part of this amazing project and would
like to thank the IKAROS Foundation who sponsored the project for the Hellenic Airforce.

We'll keep you posted with any additional updates as the aircraft makes its way home.

11/05/2021

Another iconic restoration completed at Biggin Hill. Watch this space for our next projects. #gettingspitfiresbackintheair

Could this be our new pilot lineup for 2021?
29/04/2021

Could this be our new pilot lineup for 2021?

@jackwhitehall and I flew Spitfires today. Wow!

20/04/2021
03/03/2021

Hangar Tours at Biggin Hill are expected to restart from 17th May

Our calendar is open for bookings!

Historically significant Mk XIV Spitfire RM694 arrives at Biggin Hill for restoration.We're thrilled to announce another...
11/02/2021
MK XIV Spitfire RM694 arrives at Biggin Hill for restoration - Fly a Spitfire

Historically significant Mk XIV Spitfire RM694 arrives at Biggin Hill for restoration.

We're thrilled to announce another new restoration project for 2021 with the arrival of RM694.

See the full details on our news page.

https://flyaspitfire.com/mk-xiv-spitfire-rm694-arrives-at-biggin-hill-for-restoration

SPITFIRE F.XIVc RM694 Rolled out from the Chattis Hill shadow factory in Hampshire on 22nd October, 1943 RM694 was built to contract No. 1877/c.23/(c) Req1/E11/43 from a build of 406 Spitfire XIV/XIX to batch No. RM670-713. Fitted with a Griffin 65 engine and a (C)...

We're so sorry to hear the sad news that Rod Newman passed away on 21st December. Rod was a regular visitor and friend o...
31/12/2020

We're so sorry to hear the sad news that Rod Newman passed away on 21st December. Rod was a regular visitor and friend of the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar .

He loved to meet guests and spread his love for aviation. A true gentleman pilot, it was a pleasure to have met you.

Rod pictured on right with Spitfire MJ627

https://rememberancebook.net/book/rod-newman/

Stuck for a Christmas Gift idea? Christmas Spitfire Tour Gift Vouchers are available to purchase now from just £49.00See...
16/12/2020

Stuck for a Christmas Gift idea?

Christmas Spitfire Tour Gift Vouchers are available to purchase now from just £49.00

See the largest collection of Spitfires in the World!

Call us to discuss options or visit www.flyaspitfire.com

Gift vouchers are available now for our Spitfire Tours .With prices from just £49 it's the perfect gift for any aviation...
08/12/2020

Gift vouchers are available now for our Spitfire Tours .With prices from just £49 it's the perfect gift for any aviation fan, petrol head, engineering nut or history buff.

Order online or call us to discuss the different tours that are available.

See the largest private collection of Spitfires in the World!

02/11/2020

It is with the deepest regret that I learn of the death of Private Fred Glover of the Parachute Regiment. Fred joined the regiment aged 18 and after training was listed for D Day. He became a Glider pilot and flew a Horsa Glider towed by an Albermarle, their target being the Merville Gun Battery. Landing in darkness Fred was captured but managed to escape reaching the UK to rejoin his regiment. Fred was a popular visitor to the hangar on Veteran Days and had actually flown in Spitfire MT818 whilst in Holland. He will be sadlyk missed at future Veteran Days. Fly on Private Fred. Take that Glider to the sky. The heritage hangar and all those within will never forget you.

Since the Biggin Hill 'Hardest Day' show was unable to go ahead as planned this year, why not relieve the 2019 Festival ...
16/10/2020

Since the Biggin Hill 'Hardest Day' show was unable to go ahead as planned this year, why not relieve the 2019 Festival of Flight in Episode 4 of Inside the Spitfire Factory, on More4 at 9pm on Monday 19th October!

Culminating in an extraordinary display in the beautiful Spirit of Kent Spitfire, this is definitely one to tune in for.

The Greek Spitfire project also takes a major step forward, and we discover the role of the WAAF in World War II.

02/10/2020
21/09/2020
Biggin Hill - HD 1080p - HD 1080p

Here's a video of the recent activity at Biggin Hill marking the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

We look forward to welcoming more of our veteran friends back when it's safe to do so. We hope you're all well!

https://vimeo.com/460179515

This is "Biggin Hill - HD 1080p - HD 1080p" by user5582238 on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

The journey of Spitfire TE308 continues at Biggin Hill with the distinctive colours of 457 Sqn RAAF. Our engineering tea...
14/08/2020

The journey of Spitfire TE308 continues at Biggin Hill with the distinctive colours of 457 Sqn RAAF. Our engineering team have worked their magic on another Spitfire, it's been quite a transformation since it's arrival in November and we're proud to welcome this new aircraft to our fleet.

A rare visitor today at the Hangar - Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722Thanks for showing us under the bonnet. It sounded alm...
03/07/2020

A rare visitor today at the Hangar - Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722

Thanks for showing us under the bonnet. It sounded almost as good as a Merlin!

17/06/2020

The news that Bruntingthorpe is under threat of closure is another nail in the aviation history of this country. This Cold War collection houses many of the aircraft that were built when Britain was an aircraft manufacturing country and the best. The Victor, Buccaneer, Lightning etc. All winners and world beaters with the companies that produced them but all taken apart by successive governments. Do we have no sense of preserving our history? Surely these icons deserve another home if Bruntingthorpe does go.

We've now been flying guests since Friday. Our revised flight operation is approved by the CAA and feedback is that the ...
08/06/2020

We've now been flying guests since Friday. Our revised flight operation is approved by the CAA and feedback is that the experience is still amazing and safe for visitors and staff.

We're looking forward to welcoming more guests this week !

06/06/2020

Today we remember the epic of D Day and give our thanks to all the allied troops who took part. The Normandy landings commemoration this year will not be the same as other years. However let us remember those who gave their lives in our own way for we must never forget the great sacrifice.

We're cleared to operate Spitfire flights with effect from tomorrow Friday 5th of June. - Please call us on 01959 576 76...
04/06/2020

We're cleared to operate Spitfire flights with effect from tomorrow Friday 5th of June. - Please call us on 01959 576 767 if you'd like to book a flight.

5 Minutes extra flying time for guests flying on Friday.

Happy VE Weekend !
09/05/2020

Happy VE Weekend !

We're looking forward to catching up with all our veteran friends in the future. We're sorry we can't be with you in per...
08/05/2020

We're looking forward to catching up with all our veteran friends in the future. We're sorry we can't be with you in person today to enjoy a cuppa but we're all thinking of you!

Photos from Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar's post
08/05/2020

Photos from Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar's post

Flight Update -  We are receiving a lot of enquiries about possible Spitfire flights today. Unfortunately the weather ha...
30/04/2020

Flight Update - We are receiving a lot of enquiries about possible Spitfire flights today. Unfortunately the weather has deteriorated with strong wind gusts and rain showers forecast so unfortunately no aircraft will be flying today.

Many of our aircraft are now finishing their scheduled winter maintenance. Under current regulations we are permitted to conduct post servicing flights within 10 miles of London Biggin Hill Airport. We will be taking advantage of any suitable weather to perform these flights so you may well see a Spitfire overhead in the very near future.

28/04/2020
Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar

Midweek rewind back to 2014(?) and some beautiful film of Spitfires and Hurricane over Biggin Hill. We can't wait to get flying again soon!

Sadly we've been unable to secure permission to perform a flypast with the 'Spirit of Kent NHS Spitfire' for Captain Tom...
27/04/2020

Sadly we've been unable to secure permission to perform a flypast with the 'Spirit of Kent NHS Spitfire' for Captain Tom's 100th birthday on Thursday. Current general aviation restrictions are in place to prevent non-essential travel and in these current times safety is the most important factor.

Luckily the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are not bound by the same restrictions and are permitted to fly. It is our understanding that they are now picking up the baton to provide a flypast for Captain Tom.

Getting a Spitfire overhead for Captain Tom was always the primary goal and we're thrilled that this may still be possible. We wish the BBMF team the very best of luck and hope that the weather permits a flypast on the 30th of April.

We have invited Captain Tom and his family to visit Biggin Hill for a Spitfire flight when it is safe to do so. We hope that they will be able to visit us for a belated birthday celebration.

We're also planning more fundraising activities using 'The Spirit of Kent NHS Spitfire' and will be posting updates soon.

Thanks for all your positive comments and support - stay safe!

We are pleased to announce that our plans to perform a Spitfire Flypast for Captain Tom's 100th birthday have been recog...
24/04/2020

We are pleased to announce that our plans to perform a Spitfire Flypast for Captain Tom's 100th birthday have been recognised by the CAA and they have no objections with the proposal.

Ultimately approval for the flypast now rests with the Department of Transport as the proposed flight falls outside the scope of the current lock down restrictions that apply to general aviation.

We will continue to work in partnership with London Biggin Hill Airport, the CAA, local MP's and the Department of Transport to explore all avenues to get the flypast approved.

We are currently monitoring the weather as next weeks foreacast is for more unsettled conditions. We are on standby to perform the Flypast at short notice to take advantage of favourable weather conditions next week should we gain
final approval.

Please keep donating - Captain Tom's fundraising is approaching the £29 Million mark !

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Hangar 204
Biggin Hill
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Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 5:30pm
Thursday 8am - 5:30pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

01959576767

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Aircraft based at Biggin Hill
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Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd. is dedicated to the continued operation of Supermarine Spitfires as well as serving as the home for several other period aircraft.

Take a look at who is currently part of the Biggin Hill family!

TA805 Spitfire Mk9 (the Kent Spitfire)
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![Picture of the Kent Spitfire](images/436.JPG "small")
Spitfire HF MkIX (CBAF IX 10372 ) G-PMNF (1944)

Today TA805, a Spitfire Mk9 bears the inscription 'Spirit of Kent' emblazoned on the fuselage and is a reminder of those days when Kent was and still is, the only county in the UK to have paid for an entire RAF Squadron.

You can find out more info about the Kent Spitfire on its own page: [The Kent Spitfire](home-of-the-kent-spitfire.html)

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*1944*
> Built at Castle Bromwich CBAF 10372.

*Jan, 3rd 1945*
> Delivered to RAF as TA805.
> Accepted by 39MU.

*June 24th, 1945*
> Allocated to 183 Squadron.

*Aug 2nd, 1945*
> Transferred to 234 Squadron.

*Mar 11th 1949*
> Delivered to SAAF.

*1954*
> South African Metal & Machinery Co, Salt River, Cape Town.

*1981*
> SAAF Museum, Snake Valley AB (Fuselage hulk).

*1989-1995*
> Steve Atkins, Oxford, UK.

*1995*
> Restoration project, stored, Isle-Of-Wight.

*1996-2006*
> Peter Monk & Mike Simpson.
> Registered as G-PMNF.
> Restored to airworthy by Airframe Assemblies, Sandown, UK.

*Dec 2005*
> First post restoration flight, Duxford.
> Flown in 234 Sqn scheme.

*2011-*
> Based Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd, Biggin Hill, Kent.

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MK912 Spitfire Mk9
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![MK912 Spitfire Mk9](https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/409061_189060581201690_802378348_n.jpg "small")
Spitfire LF MkIXc (CBAF IX 1875) G-BRRA (1944)

Built in 1944 at Castle Bromwhich, this MkIXc Supermarine Spitfire is now house at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.

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*Early 1944*
> Built at Castle Bromwich, Birmingham

*March 1944*
> Delivered to RAF as MK912.
> Accepted by 8 MU.
> Installed military equipment.

*May 1944*
> Allocated to 84 Group Support Unit, RAF Aston Down.

*Mid-1944*
> Transferred to 312 Squadron (Czech).

*June 1944*
> Transferred to 84 GSU
> Overhauled by Service Training Ltd, Exeter.

*April 18th, 1946-July 1946*
> Transferred to 33 MU, RAF Lyneham.
> Delivered to Royal Netherlands AF as H-119 (later H-59).

*July 1946*
> SOC: 1953.

*May 1947*
> Shipped to Java, N.E.I.
> Allocated to 322 Squadron.

*1950*
> Returned to Holland.
> Delivered to Royal Belgian AF as SM-29.

*June 4th, 1952*
> SOC: 1955.
> Damaged in 1953 and placed in storage.

*Aug. 1955-1988*
> RBAF Technical School, Saffraenberg.
> Displayed on concrete plinth.
> Painted in 350 Squadron colors, coded MN-P.

*1988*
> Musee Royal de l'Armee, Brussels.

*June 22nd, 1989*
> Historic Aircraft Collection Ltd.
> Registered as G-BRRA.

*1992*
> Restoration started, Audley End.

*1993-1995*
> Stored, Paddock Wood, Kent.

*1997-2000*
> Karel Bos, Antwerp-Deure Airport, Belgium.

*1997-2000*
> Back to Audley End for for complete restoration.

*Sept. 8th, 2000*
> First flight, as MK912.

*2000-2002*
> Historic Flying Limited, Audley End (later Duxford).

*2003-2004*
> Flown as MK912/SH-L/"Francqui", Ed Russell, Ontario, Canada.

*2011-*
> Peter Monk
> Based at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd, Biggin Hill, Kent


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TE184 Spitfire Mk16
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![Picture of TE184 Mk16](https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/486673_392780630829683_812427169_n.jpg "small")
Spitfire LF Mk XVIe (CBAF IX 4394) G-MXVI (1945)

Built in 1945, this Mk XVIe Supermarine Spitfire has been based at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar since 2012.

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*30th May 1945*
> Delivered to No.9 MU at Cosford
> Transferred to No.20 MU at Aston Down
> Transferred to No.6 MU at Brize Norton

*7th September 1948*
> Issued to No.203 Advanced Flying School (later renamed No.226 Operational Conversion Unit).

*27th February 1950*
> Transferred to No.607 RAuxAF based at Ouston, where it was one of a pair of Mk16 Spitfires.

*30th January 1951*
> Waw an accident while at Central Gunnery School at Leconfield which resulted in Cat.3R damage being sustained, but on 27th February this was recategorized as Cat.5(GI) and TE184 was converted to ground instructional use and delivered to No.64 Reserve Centre at Long Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne, with the maintenance serial 6850M.

*1952-1967*
> Air Training Corps, Royton, Lancs.
> Marked as FJT-A.

*1967*
> RAF Bicester

*1967*
> RAF Henlow
> Used in movie "Battle Of Britain", 1967.

*1968*
> RAF Cranwell
> Gate guard.

*1969*
> RAF Finningley Museum Collection

*1971-1977*
> RAF Aldergrove

*1977-1986*
> Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland.

*1986-1988*
> Nick Grace, St. Merryn.

*1989-1996*
> Julian Savage/Myrick Aviation Services, Castle Donington
> Rebuilt to airworthy condition as a high back Spitfire, registered as G-MXVI.

*Nov. 23rd, 1990*
> First flight at East Midlands.

*1996-1998*
> Intrepid Aviation, North Weald.

*1999.*
> Flew as USAAF/HL-K/Fargo Express.

*2000-2002*
> Alan de Cadenet/de Cadenet Motor Racing, Jersey, Channel Islands.
> Repainted as French AF/TE184/D, Hurn, July 2000.

*20th of February 2009*
> Restored at Booker by PPS, TE184 took to the skies again after overhaul by PPS in the hands of test-pilot Jonathon Whaley.

*2011*
> Registered to Mr Stephen Stead .
> Based Meier Motors GmbH Bremgarten, Germany

*2012*
> Based at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd, Biggin Hill.


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RW382 Spitfire Mk16 (under restoration)
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![Picture of RW382](https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/30381_325971887510558_498742775_n.jpg "small")
Spitfire LF Mk XVIe (CBAF IX 4640) G-PBIX (1945)

Built in 1945, this Mk16 Supermarine Spitfire is in restoration to fly at the Spitfire Company (BigginHill) Ltd. since 2011.

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*1945*
> Built in 1945 and delivered from Castle Bromwich to No.6 MU at Brize Norton on 20th July.

*1947-1950*
> No.604 squadron RAuxAF on 1st April 1947, serving until 14th April 1950, when it was retired to No.33 MU Lyneham.

*1950-1953*
> Joined No.3 Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit at Exeter (coded “A”) on 11th June, transferring to the Control and Reporting School at Middle Wallop on 17th October.

*1953*
> Final retirement came on 14th July 1953, when it flew to No.45 MU at Kinloss, moving on to No.29 MU at High Ercall two weeks later. SOC on 14th December 1954.

*28th November 1955*
> Allocated to No.609 squadron at Church Fenton as instructional airframe 7245M (although it was painted as M7245 at some time).

*1957-1973*
> RAF Leconfield
> Gate guard as RW729/DW-X.

*1967-1968*
> RAF Henlow
> Used in movie "Battle Of Britain" for static scenes, 1968.

*1973-1988*
> RAF Uxbridge
> Displayed on pole.

*1988-1989*
> Tim Routis/Historic Flying Ltd, Cambridge.

*1989-1991*
> David Tallichet/MARC, Chino, CA

*1991*
> Tim Routis/Historic Flying Ltd, Audley End.
> Registered as G-XVIA.

*July 3, 1991*
> First flight as RW382/NG-C at Audley End.

*1991-1994*
> Military Aircraft Restoration Corp, Chino, CA.

*1994-1995*
> Bernie F. Jackson, Manitoba, Canada

*1991-1995*
> Based in UK

*Feb. 13, 1995*
> Arrived at Audley End to be dismantled for shipment to USA.

*1995-1998*
> Thomas F. & Bernie Jackson, Glenbrook, NV.
> Registered as N382RW

*June 3, 1998*
> Crashed in mountain canyon, Blue Canyon, CA

> Registered as G-PBIX by Pemberton-Billing LLP.

*2011-*
> Restoration to fly at the Spitfire Company (BigginHill) Ltd.


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TD314 Spitfire Mk 9 (under restoration)
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![TD314 Spitfire Mk 9 (under restoration)](https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/527473_299543980153349_779447831_n.jpg "small")
Spitfire HF Mk IXe (CBAF IX 10492) G-CGYJ (1944)

Built in 1944 and fitted with a Merlin 70, this Mk IXe Supermarine Spitfire has been restored to flying condition in 2011 by the Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Ltd.

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*1944*
> Built CBAF 1944 with a Merlin 70 fitted.

*1945*
> Delivered to 33 MU at Lyneham 30th March 1945.
> Delivered to 30 MU.
> Delivered to 6 MU Brize Norton.
> Delivered to 183 (Gold Coast) Sqn at Chilbolton 24th June 1945.
> Delivered to 234 (Madras Presidency) Sqn Bentwaters 26th July 1945.

*27th February 1946*
> Delivered to 29 MU at High Ercall for disposal.

*23rd April 1948*
> Sent to 47 MU RAF Sealand, packed for shipment, leaving Birkenhead on the SS Clan Chattan arriving Cape Town 12th May 1948.

*1948*
> Delivered to SAAF

*1954*
> South African Metal & Machinery CO, Salt River, Cape Town

*1969-1972*
> Larry Barnett, Johannesburg.
> Recovered hulk.

*1978-1981*
> Pat Swonnell, Vancouver, BC
> Fuselage arrived by ship, Apr. 11, 1979.

*1985*
> Matt Sattler, Carp, Ontario.

*2009*
> Peter Monk Ltd, to UK for restoration.

*2011*
> Registered to Mr Keith Perkins

*2011-*
Under restoration to fly at the Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Ltd. 2011.


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FE788 Harvard II
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![Picture of FE788](https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/148618_334308773343536_234321830_n.jpg "small")
Harvard II CCF3064 G-CTKL (1941)

Delivered to Royal Canadian AF as 3064 Aug 5th 1941, this Hardvard 2 has been restored and airworthy since 1987 and now resides at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.

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*Aug 5th 1941*
> Delivered to Royal Canadian AF as 3064.

*Oct 11th 1957*
> SOC.
> Transferred to Italy on Mutual aid program.

*Dec 1957-1974*
> Rebuilt by CCF as Harvard IV Delivered to Italian AF as T-6H-2M/MM54137

*June 14th 1974*
> Last flight .

*June 1974-1981*
> Stored, Bergamo

*Nov 21st 1981*
> Robs Lamplough, Duxford, UK.

*1982-1983*
> Stored Botley (Later Woolston).

*1981-1983*
> Registration G-BKWZ reserved but not taken up,

*Apr 22nd, 1983*
> Tim Lane, Dorchester

*Nov 1983-1987*
> C. T. K. (Tim) Lane, Dorchester.
> Registered as G-CTKL

*1983-1987*
> Restored to airworthy, Dorchester

*June 10th, 1987*
> First flight, Dunkeswell

*Sept. 8th, 1987*
> Jeff A. Carr, Dunkeswell

*1991-1992*
> Gavin Keegan, North Weald

*1998*
> A. P. Williams

*2001-2008*
> Michael R. Simpson July 26th.
> Based North Weald, USN/SNJ-3/54137/69
> Flown as RAF/FE788. Based Rochester, Kent

*2011*
> Based at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd, Biggin Hill, Kent.


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L4H Cub 43-29854
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![Picture of L-4H Cub](images/355.JPG "small")
L4H CUB 11145 G-BMKC (1943)

L-4H Cub 43-29854 is a genuine warbird - it wears a most interesting WW2 colour scheme with the red triangle markings of the USAAC 381st Bomb Group (B17) from USAF Ridgewell, Essex.
Built in 1943, this L-4H Cub has made Biggin Hill its home since 2011.

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*1943*
> Built Lock Haven

*7th January 1944*
> Delivered to USAAF

*14th January 1944*
> Newark NJ

*22nd January 1944*
> Arrived England

*12th February 1944*
> Assigned to 8th Air force

*3rd March 1944*
> US Army Ground Forces served in European theatre possibly with Pattons 3rd Army.

*20th December 1945*
> Ninth Air force

*23rd October 1946*
> To Switzerland

*13th June 1947*
> Struck of charge from US control

*8th November 1950*
> F-BFBA based Falaise, France.
> Property of the "Aeroclub de Falaise" in Normandy (France).

*1986*
> G-BMKC J.J Anziani based Buckinghamshire.

*1987*
> Crashed on take off from Exeter, Devon. Still had original A-65 engine installed.

*1988*
> Based Cornwall.

*2001*
> Based Northern Ireland.

*2007*
> Based Derby.

*2011*
> Based at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd, Biggin Hill, Kent.


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P3886 Hurricane 1
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![AE977 Hurricane 1 ](https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/20824_385348858239527_1469433883_n.jpg "small")
Hurricane 1 (CCF/41H8020) G-CHTK (1940)

Built as Hurricane I by Canadian Car & Foundry in spring 1941, she has made Biggin Hill her home since 2012.

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*Spring 1941*
> Built as Hurricane I by Canadian Car & Foundry.
> Initially delivered to RAF
> Transferred to Royal Navy.
> Converted to Sea Hurricane Mk.X by July 1942.

*Badly damaged in mid-air collision at RNAS Yeovilton.*


Built as Hurricane I by Canadian Car & Foundry, Spring 1941.

Initially delivered to RAF the tranferred to Royal Navy.

Converted to Sea Hurricane Mk.X by July 1942.

Badly damaged in mid-air collision at RNAS Yeovilton.
Airframe written off and placed in storage.

Recovered from crash site and placed into strorage, 1960-1970.

Jim Pearce, Shoreham, UK Sept. 1992.

Tom Wallis & Tony Ditheridge/Hawker Restorations Ltd., Milden, UK, Apr. 21, 1994-2001.

Restoration began in 1994-2000.

Registered as G-TWTD.

First flight June 7, 2000.

Painted in scheme of Gp Capt Douglas Bader, CO, 242 Sqn, circa 1940. Marked as AE977

Tom Friedkin/Chino Warbirds Inc, Chino, CA,
Oct. 2001-2004 Shipped from Southampton to Galveston.
Trucked to Houston, TX for assembly.
Based at Planes Of Fame.

Shipped to the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd, UK, 2012.


*1960-1970*
> Recovered from crash site and placed into strorage.

*Sept. 1992*
> Jim Pearce, Shoreham, UK.

*1994-2001*
> Tom Wallis & Tony Ditheridge/Hawker Restorations Ltd., Milden, UK, Apr. 21.

*1994-2000*
> Restoration.

*Registered as G-TWTD.*

*2000*
> First flight June 7.
> Painted in scheme of Gp Capt Douglas Bader, CO, 242 Sqn, circa 1940. Marked as AE977

*2001-2004*
> Tom Friedkin/Chino Warbirds Inc, Chino, CA,
> Shipped from Southampton to Galveston.
> Trucked to Houston, TX for assembly.
> Based at Planes Of Fame.

*2012*
> Shipped to the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd, UK.
> Registered G-CHTK March 2013

*2013*
> Repainted as P3886.

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LZ842 Spitfire MkIX
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![LZ842 Spitfire MkIX](https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/537683_374334532674293_2071140380_n.jpg "small")
Spitfire MkIX (CBAF 5056) G-CGZU (1943)

Spitfire MkIX (CBAF 5056) G-CGZU (1943) was restored to fly 2009 onwards by the Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Ltd at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hil, Kent, UK.

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*Built 1943 with a Merlin 63 fitted*
> BOC 17th April 1943 from Castle Bromwich to No 39 MU Colerne, Wiltshire.
On to 82 MU at Lichfield for overseas packing.

*30th May 1943*
> Loaded on board SS Fort Jersey arrived Casablanca. Served in Malta and Sicily with 93 Sqn as HN-E and 232 Sqn as EF-D before joining 327 (Free French) Sqn around October 1944.

*1945*
> Suffered CAT B damage in an overturn accident after hitting a bomb crater on landing at Mourmelon.
> Dismantled and transferred to 3 B.R.U Lokeren (Belgium).
> Returned to UK at the end of the hostilities and placed in store.

*1948*
> Shipped from Birkenhead on the Clan Forbes 9th April arriving in Cape Town 28th April 1948.

*1948-1952*
> Used by the SAAF.

*1952*
> Sold as scrap to Harold Barnett’s South African Metal & Machinery Co at Salt River.

*1960-1970*
> Recovered from crash site and placed into strorage.

*1969*
> Forward fuselage hulk recovery by Larry Barnett, Johannesberg.

*1978-1986*
> SAAF Museum.

*Stored, Lanseria AB*

*1989*
> Wreck of LZ842 acquired by Steve Atkins and shipped to the UK.

*1990*
> Sold to T. Choong.

*1991*
> Sold to R. Campbell, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

*2003*
> Sold to P. Monk, arrived UK 15TH July 2003.

*2009*
> Sold to M. Bennett, January 2009.


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TE517 Spitfire LF MkIXe
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![TEMPORARY PICTURE FOR TE517](images/355.JPG "small")
Spitfire LF MkIXe (CBAF IX 558) G-JGCA (1945)

Built as TE517 in 1945, she has been under restoration by The Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Ltd since 2012.

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*1945*
> Delivered to RAF as TE517

*June 1945*
> Accepted by 33 MU, Allocated to 313 Squadron.

*1945-1948*
> Delivered to Czech AF as TE517.
> BOC: Aug. 20, 1945.
> SOC: 1948.

*1948-1954*
> Delivered to Israeli Defence Force AF as 20-46.
> BOC: 1948.
> SOC: 1954.


*1977-1984*
> Robs Lamplough, Duxford.
> Hulk recovered from kibbutz, Gaaton, Israel.
> Registration G-BIXP, July 3rd, 1981.
> Restoration commenced, Bristol.

*1985-1992*
> Charles Church (Spitfires) Ltd, Wi******er.
> Registered as G-CCIX.

*1992-2002*
> Kermit A. Weeks, Tamiami, FL.

*2002-2012*
> Private Storage

*2012-*
> Under restoration by The Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Ltd at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill.


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X4650 Spitfire MkIa
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Spitfire MkIa (6S-75531) G-CGUK (1940)
Spitfire X4650 was built to contract 19713/39 by Vickers Armstrong's (Supermarine) Ltd. at Woolston and first test flown on 23rd October 1940. It was delivered to the RAF on 25th October and into the hands of 24 MU at Ternhill. On 14th November 1940 it was taken on charge by 54 Squadron at Catterick, as a result of the crash on 28th December 1940 Cat.W/FA damaged was recorded and it was struck off charge on 4th January 1941...

Pilot - Sgt Charles Howard Squire RAF (968401), of Wallasey, Cheshire.

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*X4650*
> Spitfire X4650 was built to contract 19713/39 by Vickers Armstrong's (Supermarine) Ltd. at Woolston and first test flown on 23rd October 1940. It was delivered to the RAF on 25th October and into the hands of 24 MU at Ternhill. On 14th November 1940 it was taken on charge by 54 Squadron at Catterick, as a result of the crash on 28th December 1940 Cat.W/FA damaged was recorded and it was struck off charge on 4th January 1941.
On 28th December 1940 this aircraft and another of the same squadron were undertaking a training exercise when they collided at 12,000 feet, this aircraft cut through the tail section of the other aircraft. The pilot of this aircraft was new to the squadron, he made a practice attack on the other aircraft but struck the tail of the other aircraft slicing it off. His aircraft had damage to it's canopy and had flattened it's tail fin where as the other aircraft went into a spin, but this aircraft did not, it remained in level flight for a time allowing the pilot to bale out. The aircraft then crashed into the bank of the River Leven at Red Hall Farm, Kirklevington. The pilot escaped serious injuries.

*Pilot*
> Howard Squire was born in 1920. On 7th December 1940 he was the pilot of Spitfire N3292 which suffered damage at Catterick. On 26th February 1941 Sgt Squire became a PoW on his first operational flight of the War when Spitfire P7443 was shot down by flak.

*Restoration*
> The Aircraft is being restored to flying condition and should fly during 2012.
> Supermarine Spitfire Mk I X4650 made its first post-restoration flight at Biggin Hill, Kent, on March 9th, with pilot Paul Bonhomme at the controls.
> Restored by The Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Ltd for owners Dan and Tom Friedkin of Chino, California, USA.
> Based at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd, Biggin Hill, 2012.


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More than a squadron of Spitfires ================= The greatest concentration of Spitfires in the world. www.bigginhillheritagehangar.co.uk To many people the name Biggin Hill brings back memories of World War Two when the airfield was a Sector base controlling several other airfields within the county of Kent. As such it received the attention of the German Luftwaffe on numerous occasions yet was never known not to be operational. After the Hurricane squadrons of 1940/41 came the Spitfires. The Biggin Wing roamed far and wide over the occupied countries of the Continent bring havoc and death to the enemy. With the end of the war in sight the squadrons left ‘Biggin on the Bump’ and the airfield became a major Barrage Balloon site. Peacetime saw Spitfires return with the auxiliary squadrons until the advent of jet powered aircraft in the form of the Meteor and then the Hunter. Some Spitfires were relegated to gate guardian duties and instructional air frames whilst the majority were torched for scrap metal. By 1958 the Hunters of 41 Squadron had departed leaving Biggin without a permanent squadron.

The RAF Ground and later the Aircrew Selection Centre moved in from Uxbridge a year later ensuring that the airfield remained in military hands. It continued in this manner until 1961 when Biggin Hill became a civilian airport. Today the site is owned by Bromley Council and is known as ‘London-Biggin Hill Airport’ to remain a major executive aerodrome.

The arrival of the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar in 1999 saw the iconic Spitfire once more gracing the grass. A Mk9 TA805 christened ‘Spirit of Kent’ arrived as a forerunner of the time when an entire squadron of Spitfires would once again be based at Biggin Hill. Returning it to its former glory as a fighter airfield, the hangar now boasts seven flying versions of different marks, a Hurricane, a Harvard and an American Piper Cub. With several Spitfires currently under restoration to fly ‘The Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Ltd’ has become the world leader in such work whilst since 2016, another company encompassed within the hangar, ‘FlyaSpitfire’, gives the public the opportunity to experience a flight in a two seat version of this iconic aircraft. Currently there are three two seat Spitfires offering this unique opportunity to fly alongside those whom Winston Churchill called ‘his Few’. What greater tribute could there be.

Once again the sound of the Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine graces the skies above Kent and beyond to the delight of most people in the country.

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A much anticipated hangar tour last week made even better by our guide, the wonderfully politically-incorrect Austin whose refreshing view of the world. A man clearly in love with all-things Spitfire. Thankyou for a splendid day out. Just remains to win the lottery so we can fly in one
Just sat watching one of the Spits over Ticehurst on FlightRadar 24. Wonderful....
The First Spitfire Flight of the Day Leaving Biggin Hill
Thanks for another awesome tour yesterday, was my third! Dad's first tour, and he found it hugely interesting. First time he's sat in a Spitfire for over 60 years, since being an RAF Halton apprentice!
I had a superb Hurricane flight on Wednesday with Anna Walker. A truly unique experience , should be done if you can.
Did I see a non camo painted Spitfire stooging around this afternoon with the gear hanging out? :-)
http://www.naval8-208-association.com/SpitHurrLysArticlesPage01.html My father-in-law, Lawrence Walker flew Spitfires for RAF 208 in WWII...you can access his info here....He turned 97 on April 9th.
We're booked for the tour/sit in a Spit for the first Saturday in March. Is there much likelihood of this happening, given the current circumstances? Thank you.
My dad Bernard (Bernie) Byrne passed away last Thursday . Working throughout the war from 1940 in the Supermarine Flight Shed at Eastleigh Aerodrome , he survived the Luftwaffe bombs and strafing but he could not survive Covid-19. He was one of the last of the special people that made the iconic Spitfire that alongside the Hurricane saved the nation from the n**i tide. After the war he was one of the Hampshire Aero Club team that in the 50's and 60's flew and maintained G-AIDN (MT818) which took part in many air races , including the 1959 Kings Cup in Paris. A normal working class chap from an Eastleigh council estate, yet he led a remarkable life. It's a big ask I know but his final journey to Wessex Vale Crematorium is on Wednesday 17th February at 10-45am. If any pilot owners plan to be in the skies over South Hampshire around that time , would it be possible to fly by and maybe tip your wings as an acknowledgement not only of my dad but of that indomitable generation. Please Facebook message me if you're able to help. Thank you.
Hi Had a great tour yesterday with Ian as our guide. One of the queries was over the hand crank mechanism on the BBMF Hurricane's Merlins. Amazingly there is an IWM photo which I attach a link to, I do hope the groundcrew move before the start ;) Please pass this on to ian and thanks for keeping these tours going in such difficult times.
My partner is in the pru hospital has just said he could hear the spitfire nice and loud and thanks and could they go over more othern
Have you had anything out this afternoon? I was out and my wife thinks she saw a hurricane flying over New Ash Green earlier. 'It had cannons on the wings being flown quite enthusiastically' is what she described it as....