We hope to see the standard 3-ship BBMF formation of Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane at the Air Waves Portrush show this year. The aircraft which operate from RAF Coningsby, which is also the home of the RAF Typhoon Display Team, are a living memorial to the crews of the RAF who paid the ultimate price during World War 2. In this year of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain the Flight will be taking part in a number of special flypasts and displays throughout the year. There will be a flypast of 4 Spitfires, 2 Hurricanes and 4 Typhoons over Buckingham Palace tomorrow (10 July) to acknowledge the start of the Battle of Britain in 1940.
At the moment the Lancaster is still grounded following an airborne engine fire earlier in the year on the day before the crew were due to get Public Display Authority (PDA). The engineers of BBMF are trying their best to get the aircraft serviceable and at the moment they estimate that will be towards the end of August/early September so fingers crossed it will be the sooner rather than later but we will keep you up to date with the latest progress. One thing to bear in mind is that even if the aircraft is serviceable the crew will need to get back up to speed and get PDA before they can display at Portrush.