Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger
"Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd was setup in 2011 and is dedicated to the continued safe operation of our aircraft.
The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd is based at the famous WW2 RAF aerodrome at Biggin Hill, Kent. The aircraft we operate comprise of several superb airworthy examples of legendary WW2 Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft, each with extensive wartime histories.
Our aim is to provide current and future generations the chance to see airworthy Spitfires up close and in the air. We hope to have open days, arranged visits and tours throughout the summer months. All of which will be advertised on our website and Facebook page.
We will also aim to attend airshows and other public displays around the South of England and maybe further afield if requested."
|The statement above is from their website and
explains what they do. But they do so much more. In April 2012 I was
invited to visit the hanger and look at the Spifires they had. It was
amazing to see these planes from the second world war looking as new as
they did when they were first built. I have also added a brief
background to some of the planes shown here.
For more information about the hanger, and details of the planes currently there, go to their website at:
|This is an over view of the hanger. Here you can see 4 airworthy Spitfires, 1 of 2 Spitfires under re-construction (awaiting their wings), a Harvard and a couple of modern light planes. Just out of shot is a 1943 Piper L-4H Cub.|
|The first Spitfire I looked at was MK912, 'Borough of Bromley'. A Mk9. Built at Castle Bromwich early 1944.|
|I couldn't resist holding the joystick.|
|Pilots eye view of the wonderful curved wing that give the Spitfire such a distinctive profile in the sky.|
|A view over the port wing. At the back is an immaculate Mk1 and 'Spirit of Kent'.|
|Me fulfilling a life long ambition to sit in the cockpit of a Supermarine Spitfire.|
|Spitfire MK9e 'Spirit of Kent'. For more details go to: http://www.kentspitfire.co.uk|
|The heart of the Spitfire. Rolls Royce Merlin engine.|
|Note the nose of the beautiful MK1 in the background.|
|Cockpit door has been signed by pilots from the Battle of Britain.|