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23 of the best photos from the Biggin Hill air show 2017

23 of the best photos from the Biggin Hill air show 2017
Aug 21, 2017 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 20/08/2017.

23 of the best photos from the Biggin Hill air show 2017

This year’s extended Biggin Hill air show has again attracted big crowds as fans of historic planes came to admire the spectacular displays and get close to the impressive aircraft on the ground.

The Biggin Hill Festival of Flight has been an extra special occasion this year because the show is celebrating the centenary of the famous airfield, which was founded during the First World War.

To celebrate the milestone, the air show was extended across the whole weekend, rather than the usual one-day event.

 

Once again the world famous Red Arrows took the skies near Croydon and the pilots in the nine BAE Systems Hawks have been the stars of the show for many people.The RAF’s display team put on spectacular gravity-defying shows above the historic airfield on both Saturday and Sunday to wow the crowds.

The video above shows part of their amazing display, along with some of the other highlights from Saturday afternoon.

French aerobatic display team Patrouille de France, featuring nine Alpha Jets, are taking to the skies as the air show moved towards its finale this afternoon (Sunday, August 20).

Sadly, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight did not take to the air after being grounded earlier in the week due to engine problems, but there were plenty of other displays, including from other Second World War aircraft, spectacular wing-walkers, military helicopters and fighter jets.

First-time visitors from Europe are the Czech Air Force (CAF) with the rarely seen Saab Gripen multi-role combat aircraft and two specialist helicopters.

Also flying over from Europe will be an agile F-16 fighter from the Belgian Air Force.

The Breitling Wingwalkers put on displays on both days.

There has been plenty of aircraft to see on the ground as well, including planes from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, the Shipping and Airlines Classic British Aircraft Collection and helicopters belonging to The Wessex Club.
As Biggin Hill Airport celebrates its centenary, the Biggin100 exhibition helped visitors learn about life at Biggin Hill over the last 100 years.The same family funfair which has been at Biggin Hill air shows since 1963 has also been at this year’s event.

The Roundel Run car rally, now in its second year, parked up in the showground to allow visitors admire the cars ranging from Morris Minors to new Ferraris.










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