Spit­fire fly­past re­mem­bers The Few

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The big­gest fly­past of Spitfires and Hur­ri­canes since the Bat­tle of Bri­tain soared over Kent on Tues­day in one of Bri­tain’s most sig­nif­i­cant avi­a­tion tributes.

About 40 of the Sec­ond World War planes took to the skies over the south of Eng­land to mark the 75th an­niver­sary of Bat­tle of Bri­tain Day.

The air­craft de­scended from across the UK, USA and Europe on the Spit­fire fly­ing school, Boult­bee Flight Academy, at Good­wood Aero­drome in West Sus­sex, where the likes of Prince Harry watched the spec­ta­cle.

Af­ter a de­layed take-off be­cause of bad weather, the planes dis­persed and passed over iconic lo­ca­tions con­nected with the bat­tle, in­clud­ing the White Cliffs of Dover and Big­gin Hill.

Three of the planes passed over Ash­ford and the fly­past was also seen in Lydd, at the Bat­tle of Bri­tain me­mo­rial at Capel-le-Ferne, Head­corn, Gravesend, Can­ter­bury, Manston, Mar­gate, Detling, Rochester and Tun­bridge Wells.

The event, or­gan­ised by the academy, brought to­gether more Bat­tle of Bri­tain air­craft in one place than at any time since the Sec­ond World War.

The Bat­tle of Bri­tain was one of the piv­otal mo­ments in Bri­tish history, when thou­sands of air­men de­feated the Luft­waffe and thwarted Hitler’s plan to in­vade the UK.

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