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Spitfire flies over Kent to raise war memorial funds
Spitfire
The Spitfire Society's facsimile of the prototype Spitfire

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first Spitfire flight, a replica of the plane has been flying over Kent.

The first Spitfire prototype took off on 5 March 1936 from Eastleigh airfield, which is now Southampton airport.

Over the weekend, a replica spitfire made frequent flypasts over the Battle of Britain Memorial site at Capel-le-Ferne.

Visitors were also able to see a facsimile of a Spitfire K5054.

The Spitfire Society worked with the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust to mark the anniversary of the Spitfire's first flight on 5 and 6 March.

Battle of Britain Memorial
The National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne

A group of Spitfire Society members built the K5054 on display over the weekend at the Battle of Britain Memorial site. Visitors were also able to sit in its cockpit.

There were also technical experts and pilots at the memorial in Capel-le-Ferne on hand to talk to the public.

There was also the opportunity to fly alongside the airborne Spitfire (Mark Five) BM597 in a helicopter.

The Spitfire Society hopes the weekend will raise funds through donations for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust's new education centre as well as the charity Help for Heroes.

The Battle of Britain

The Spitfire is forever associated with the RAF's victory in the Battle of Britain.

In the summer of 1940, the German Luftwaffe attempted to win air superiority over southern Britain, including Kent, and the English Channel by destroying the Royal Air Force and the British aircraft industry. This attempt came to be known as the Battle of Britain.

Entry to the Battle of Britain Memorial site at Capel-le-Ferne is free for the event.




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