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Biggin Hill Festival of Flight - Biggin Hill, Kent, 20th August 2017

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Comment - The 2017 Festival of Flight celebrated the centenary of Biggin Hill airfield and all the stops were pulled out to present what has been one of my favourite shows for a very long time. It was definitely the best I have seen at Biggin since the departure of the much loved Air Fairs and their eventual replacement with the much down-sized Festival.

This year’s Festival moved from its one-day June slot to a two day affair in mid-August and, while the format of breaks in the flying and a relaxed family orientated show remained, the display acts on show were of much greater interest. Hats off to the Czech Air Force who stole the limelight with a Mi35 Hind and Mi171 Hip CSAR demo stole, the Russian designed Hip making its UK flying debut in military guise. The Hind, in what is perhaps the most menacing and spectacular scheme I have seen on a military helo, then went onto to fly a solo display later on in the afternoon, its menacing, Cold War profile for a moment taking the author back to his childhood when the machine was one of the Warsaw Pact’s prime ‘monsters in the closet!’ The Czech delegation also included a SAAB JAS-39C Gripen making the types Biggin Hill debit and its third 2017 UK airshow appearance.

Fast jet participation also came from the Belgian Air Component who sent an F-16AM Viper alongside the Armée de l’Air’s national display team, La Patrouille de France, making their only UK airshow appearance this year and their first at Biggin since a memorable Battle of Britain show in September 1996 (which I well remember!) The typically polished Red Arrows and an RAF Typhoon FGR4 made up the noisy side of things, the Typhoon’s wings actually reflecting some direct sunlight which seems to be a rare occurrence when I am trying to photograph them!

Warbird enthusiasts were catered for with a sprinkling throughout the program starting with a spirited display from the BBMF’s Spitfire PRXIX PS915 which flew after the Red Arrows had arrived at the start of the show. Later on, UK airshow stalwart and legend B-17G Sally-B performed a solo display while the Festival itself was closed out by a Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar trio of Hurricane MkX AE977 ‘P2921,’ Spitfire T9 MJ627 and Spitfire IX TA805.

In summary this was a fantastic event providing a much needed glimpse into the Air Fairs of old. The weather, light, crowd positioning and aircraft on display were second to none and this will indeed live on as a classic in times when shows like this are sorely needed.

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