RAF Coningsby 80 years ago this month

Header image: A Handley Page Hampden of 106 Sqn at RAF Coningsby in 1941.

Eighty years ago, RAF Coningsby, the current home of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), sent out the first aircraft to fly from the new airfield on operations.

Spitfire maiden flight 85th anniversary

Header image: Spitfire prototype K5054 at Eastleigh in the unpainted state in which it flew for the first time in March 1936.

Eighty-five years ago this month a momentous event took place with the first flight of the Supermarine Spitfire prototype, K5054, from the company’s airfield at Eastleigh, Southampton. At the time, those present could not have realised the full significance, or that thousands of Spitfires would subsequently play a vital part in world history over the coming decade.


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