Organised by the Boultbee Flight Academy the event brings together in one place more Battle of Britain aircraft than at any time since World War Two. Prince Harry will be in attendance on the day joined by Battle of Britain veterans and wounded servicemen supported by his Endeavour Fund.
Battle of Britain Hurricane and Spitfire Pilot, Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC, AFC, AE, who is now 95, will lead the formation from the rear seat of a two seat Spitfire. Tom will be joined by Corporal Alan Robinson and Nathan Forster the two wounded servicemen backed by the Spitfire Scholarship set up by the Boultbee Flight Academy in partnership with The Endeavour Fund.
Aircraft will take off as wings in groups of between four and ten. They will circle overhead at Goodwood Aerodrome before setting course to Selsey Bill. From Selsey Bill the different wings will follow predetermined routes spreading out to cover the South of the England and ending up at Battle of Britain airfields such as Biggin Hill, Duxford, Northweald and Northolt with some returning to Goodwood.
Channel 4 will be capturing this one off event with two documentaries presented by Dermot O’Leary featuring behind the scenes access to the build-up and exclusive aerial coverage of this unique spectacle.
The Battle of Britain Day Flypast promises to be a historic and fitting tribute not only to those brave pilots who defended Britain’s shores in 1940 inspiring Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s iconic speech ‘The Few’, but to everyone who contributed to the war effort.