Firm aids Bat­tle of Bri­tain trust

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A Spit­fire still fly­ing will help to raise money for the char­ity pre­serv­ing the story of the pi­lots who flew the his­toric air­craft over Kent dur­ing the Bat­tle of Bri­tain.

The link-up be­tween the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial Trust and Aero Le­gends – which op­er­ates flights in his­toric war­time planes – was an­nounced last week.

It means any­one fly­ing in their Spit­fire or their Har­vard or Tiger Moth – used to train fighter pi­lots – will also be do­nat­ing to the Trust, which runs The Wing vis­i­tor cen­tre at the Na­tional Me­mo­rial to the Few in Capel-le-Ferne.

As part of the new agree­ment, the Trust will re­ceive a do­na­tion from Aero Le­gends, based at Head­corn Aero­drome, when flights are booked through the Trust.

The com­pany of­fers a range of flight ex­pe­ri­ences which of­ten fly past the Na­tional Me­mo­rial on the cliffs.

The two or­gan­i­sa­tions have also teamed up to pro­vide other joint of­fers which will pay trib­ute to the brav­ery and sac­ri­fice shown by the men and women of the RAF dur­ing the air bat­tle above south­ern Eng­land in 1940.

Free en­try will be of­fered to any of the sum­mer events held at Head­corn to any­one who vis- its the Scram­ble Ex­pe­ri­ence at The Wing.

Ben Perkins, from Aero Le­gends, said: “The Trust does a fan­tas­tic job pre­serv­ing the mem­ory of the men who flew these won­der­ful air­craft and we are happy to give some­thing back to the char­ity. “There are clear links be­tween the Trust’s goals and our am­bi­tions and we are de­lighted that we help at­tract vis­i­tors to the Me­mo­rial when we are fly­ing over­head.

“If some of those vis­i­tors want to sign up for the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence of fly­ing in a Spit­fire it seems only fair to do­nate some of the cost back to the char­ity.”

BoB Me­mo­rial Trust chair­man, Richard Hunt­ing, said: “There is no bet­ter sight than a clas­sic fighter fly­ing over the Na­tional Me­mo­rial to the Few at Capel-leFerne and we are al­ways pleased to see Aero Le­gends’ air­craft over­head.

“I am thrilled that the com­pany now wants to help us fur­ther by sup­port­ing our fund-rais­ing ef­forts in a num­ber of ways. I am sure this will prove to be a fruit­ful ar­range­ment.”

For more go to www. bat­tle­of­bri­tain­memo­rial.org

Aero Le­gends’ Spit­fire above the Na­tional Me­mo­rial to The Few in Capel-le-Ferne

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