Essex: Iconic flight confirmed as one of the stars of Clacton Air Show

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

The Battle of Britain memorial flight, Lancaster bomber, spitfire and hurricane flies past the crowds at the Clacton Air Show. - Credit: Archant

The ever-popular Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be gracing the skies over an Essex seaside resort this summer.

The nostalgic display of the Spitfire and Hurricane fighters and Lancaster bomber has joined the line-up for this year’s Clacton Air Show on August 22-23.

The BBMF, which is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, will be appearing on both days of the show.

Alan Goggin, Tendring District Council’s (TDC’s) cabinet member for tourism, said the aim was to put on a great show to pull in aviation fans.

“With both the Southend and Lowestoft air shows not taking place this year, we want to make sure we have a spectacular event to draw in people from all over the east coast and beyond,” he added.


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“The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is always a big pull and no show is complete without them.

“They are a household name and a national institution and stop everyone in their tracks when the three-ship formation appears overhead.”

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The BBMF, which sees the Lancaster flanked by a fighter on each wing, will join the world-famous Red Arrows and Trig Aerobatic Team which will bring a unique blend of classic vintage glamour and dynamic close formation flying that captures the spirit of aviation.

The Trig aircraft are flown by highly experience and skilled aerobatic pilots – Richard Grace and Dave Puleston – who offer all the smoke and noise of a modern display act coupled with the unique character of the 1940s-designed Pitts special biplane.

Other big names to feature in the air show will be announced in the coming weeks by organisers TDC.

Mr Goggin said that although the air show is a free event, it is hoped those attending will contribute by putting money in a bucket to help safeguard its future.

Clacton Air Show is the signature event on Tendring’s tourism calendar and a vital boost to the district’s economy, bringing in around £4million.

Last year, more than 130,000 people visited the show over the two days.

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