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Unread August 30th, 2015, 11:32 AM
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I felt happy and privileged to be able to attend two air shows that remembered the crucial battle of 75 years ago.
They were the Flying Legends air show at Duxford and the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford.
I'll start with the two real BoB participants that were flying.
Spitifre Mk II P7350 has been a favorite of mine for years and I was quite pleased with this shot I took of her at Fairford.

P7350 favorite 2015 by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr

Hurricane Mk I R4118 also took part in the battle, was shot down and rebuilt from the wreckage.
R4118 TO by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr

Fairford had the most Hurricanes ...5 flying.
Even 20 years ago I didn't think I'd ever see that many Hurricanes flying.

4 Hurricanes by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr

4 Hurricanes-1 by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr

This was how they performed their break. It wasn't announced as a missing man formation, but I found it pretty close.
4 Hurricanes-2 by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr

At Fairford, I also got some good pictures of the Blenheim.
After her crash in the previous decade she was rebuilt as a Mk I F as used in the BoB.
Blenheim Fairford by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr
Blenheim Fairford-2 by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr

More to follow.

Cheers, Stefan.

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Unread August 30th, 2015, 11:53 AM
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Hi,

Now for some Duxford action...
They put up this BoB formation with 3 Spitfire Mk I's, a Hurricane and the Blenheim.
BoB formation Duxford by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr

I didn't think I'd ever see 3 Spitfire Mk I's flying together. They are amazing. They are not BoB participants. I believe 2 of the 3 were shot down while covering the evacuation from Dunkirk. They spent decades under the sand on the beach in France and were recovered when they became exposed in the late 1980's.
3 Mk I's! by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr
3 Mk I's!-2 by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr

Duxford had the biggest number of Spitfires. This formation consists of later Mk's and does not include the Mk I's.
Spitfires! by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr
Spitfires!-2 by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr
Spitfires!-3 by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr
Spitfires Duxford BoB75 by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr

Cheers, Stefan.
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Great pics, thanks for sharing.
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Thank you for posting those! I'll never forget my trip to Duxford and Biggin Hill - and the recognition of what pivotal places these were in world history. Truly an amazing time period. Yeah, we eventually showed up - but I have the deepest admiration for what the British were able to accomplish in the face of overwhelming odds against them.
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Hi,

Of course a couple of Messerschmitts were represented.
This is from Fairford, a silver Spitfire chased by EADS's DB-605A powered "Red 7". By the end of the demo the Spitfire was chasing the Messerschmitt.
BoB combat by Stefan Buysse, on Flickr

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