Clacton Airshow’s Battle of Britain memorial flypast may be grounded due to aircraft engine fault

The Battle of Britain memorial flight - a Lancaster bomber, spitfire and hurricane - flies past the

The Battle of Britain memorial flight - a Lancaster bomber, spitfire and hurricane - flies past the crowds at the Clacton Air Show (stock image). Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGE

The popular Battle of Britain Memorial Flight could be grounded for the Clacton Airshow due to an engine fault with one of the Hurricane aircraft.

A firm favourite with the crowds, the fly-past was set to dazzle onlookers next weekend with its impressive display of Spitfires, Hurricanes, Chipmunks and the Lancaster bomber.

However, a mechanical issue with one of the Hurricanes’ Merlin engines may keep the aircraft on the runway.

Nigel Brown, Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager said that the council has been made aware of potential mechanical issues with the BBMF flight by Clacton Airshow’s Flying Director.

“There is a possibility that it could affect the appearance of the BBMF at the event next week and we are waiting for further information over the coming days,” he said.

“However, the BBMF display is one of 14 on Thursday and one of 12 on Friday so we have a very packed and exciting programme lined-up for flight fans.

“Therefore the loss of one flight will have little impact on the overall show, although we are still hoping they will be able to appear.

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“We totally understand that advice is being taken if there is a mechanical issue and it is only right and proper to do so as the safety of all is paramount at these events.”

The airshow, on Thursday, August 24, and Friday, August 25, will see the seafront skies filled with a host of aircraft including a Mig-15, a Hawker Hurricane, a P-51 Mustang and a Catalina amphibious aircraft as well as spectacular aerial displays from the RAF Red Arrows, the Fireflies and Twister Aerobatic display teams and the Tigers Parachute Display Team.

An RAF spokesman said: “A routine inspection has highlighted a fault with one of our Merlin engines in a Hurricane aircraft.

“We are currently investigating the fault and as appreciation, flying of Merlin engine powered aircraft has been paused.

“We are still operating Griffon and Gypsy powered aircraft, including Spitfire and Chipmunks.

“We realise the disappointment this will be to our many supporters, however safety remains our paramount concern.”

For more information about Clacton Airshow see here.

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