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Thousands watch sky fill with ‘beautiful’ aerial displays at Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

PUBLISHED: 14:11 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:58 21 August 2017

Red Arrows display at Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2017. Photos: Keith Larby/AK Photos.

Red Arrows display at Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2017. Photos: Keith Larby/AK Photos.

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This year’s air show took place over two days, to mark the 100th anniversary of the airport

Nigel Farage stood with veterans at Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2017. Photos: Keith Larby/AK Photos. Nigel Farage stood with veterans at Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2017. Photos: Keith Larby/AK Photos.

The skies over Biggin Hill were filled with noise and colour at the weekend as the annual air show returned.

This year’s Festival of Flight doubled its offering, spreading the air show across two days to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Biggin Hill Airport.

With more than 32,000 flying fans flocking to the site over the weekend, bosses behind the site are beaming after a number of “beautiful” displays.

Fear had spread before the show that fans would miss out on iconic aircraft including Second World War Hurricane’s and Spitfires, after an engine fault was discovered in one of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s fleet.

Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2017. Photos: Keith Larby/AK Photos. Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2017. Photos: Keith Larby/AK Photos.

But dipping into its Heritage Hangar, fans were able to instead watch the airport’s own Hurricane and two Spitfires fly for 12 minutes on both days.

Warbirds from days gone by filled the skies, along with wing-walkers showing off their aerobatic skills.

Visitors were also treated to a range of modern-day craft from Belgium, the Czech Republic and an exclusive UK performance from the French Air Force’s Patrouille de France.

A spokesperson from London Biggin Hill Airport said: “We had an incredible weekend with more than 16,000 visitors coming on each day.

“There were a number of magnificent displays including from our European visitors, the Belgian F16 flew very noisily but beautifully and displays from the French and Czech air force were just as beautiful and gained much attention.

“The Red Arrows were as always magnificent and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew a Mk XIX Spitfire, which was well received.”

Managing director Will Curtis added: “We were pleased that the show was well attended and the weather remained fine throughout. Our flying display was one of the best seen in recent years and we are proud to have been able to mark our 100th anniversary in style and to share that celebration with our neighbours and supporters.”

As well as displays, the festival welcomed veterans from the Second World War as well as re-enactors.

Veterans from the Second World War were pictured next to an iconic Spitfire craft with ex-Ukip leader and former Westerham resident Nigel Farage.

On Sunday, the two day festival ended another year of aerial displays with an eight-minute solo Spitfire display as the sun set.

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