Red Arrow planes have taken to the skies to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain which saw the UK and Nazi forces combat one another in the greatest aerial fight in British history. The Battle of Britain is officially marked on September 15, but the conflict actually took place from July 10 to October 31, 1940. But where can you can a glimpse of these impressive planes today?
What is the Battle of Britiain?
The Battle of Britain was a military campaign of the Second World War which saw the RAF and FAA defend the UK against large-scale attacked by Nazi Germany.
The RAF website said: “This year the RAF is commemorating and celebrating those who made this victory possible.
“From the hard work and determination of ‘The Many’, to the courage and sacrifice of ‘The Few’ – the 2,945 RAF aircrew who faced the Luftwaffe from July to October 1940.”
Where is the RAF flypast happening?
Three Spitfires and a Hurricane flew over Westminster Abbey in a box formation to mark the 80th anniversay.
Commemorations have been limited this year due to coronavirus restrictions.
But a variety of tributes took place across the UK including special exhibitions from the Imperial War Museum, a radar-based lightshow by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and the addition of several new sites to the National Heritage List.
The RAF website cannceled another event for the weekend.
The website states: “It is with great sadness that we have taken the decision to cancel the Duxford Battle of Britain Proms and the 80th Anniversary Battle of Britain Air Show 2020.
“We were looking forward to the Air Show as much as the thousands of visitors who had bought tickets for what promised to be a brilliant weekend.
“We have been working tirelessly with our partners including Public Health England and South Cambridgeshire District Council in order to explore all avenues for hosting the event.
“However, we take our responsibility for the safety of our visitors and local community very seriously and feel it would be irresponsible to continue with the event in this rapidly-changing climate.”
Published at Sun, 20 Sep 2020 11:26:00 +0000