About the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is a living memorial to the aircrews of World War II, providing inspiring air displays at events across the UK. By joining the RAF Memorial Flight Club, you are supporting the incredible work the BBMF does.

Commemorating World War II

The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in 2007

The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) maintains five different types of historic aircraft:

  • 6 Spitfires
  • 2 Hurricanes
  • 1 Lancaster
  • 1 Dakota
  • 2 Chipmunks

The aircraft can be seen flying at events commemorating the Second World War, at high-profile British state events such as Trooping the Colour and the Queen’s birthday, along with regular appearances at UK airshows. Visit the BBMF’s website for more information about their display schedule, aircraft and crew.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is a source of national pride. HM Queen Elizabeth II provided the following tribute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the BBMF in 2007:

“There are few sights or sounds able to evoke more powerful thoughts and emotions than that of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flying overhead. To some it commemorates loved ones and relatives who fought and died in the air during the Second World War; to others it is an example of this nation’s resilience and indomitable spirit in the face of adversity; for yet others it represents a tangible link between the modern RAF and its illustrious forefathers, and it continues to inspire in many young people a desire to serve this country in the air”.


Visiting the RAF BBMF

The RAF BBMF's aircraft hangar

The BBMF is administratively part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group and is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. The BBMF has a Visitor Centre, which is open to the public.

When you join the RAF Memorial Flight Club, we’ll send you a membership card. Show this card at the BBMF Visitor Centre and you can claim a free tour of the aircraft hangar. Tours normally cost £10.80 for adults.

Please make sure you consult the opening times, tour times and other information provided on the Visitor Centre’s website before visiting.


Contacting the RAF BBMF

Please refer to the BBMF’s website for advice about contacting the team.

If you have a question about the RAF Memorial Flight Club, your membership or how to make a payment, please contact the Club’s membership office rather than the BBMF.


Image credits: BBMF in flight - Crown Copyright, BBMF hangar - Clive Rowley

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