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Engine issue grounds Coningsby aircraft before Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Engine issue grounds Coningsby aircraft before Battle of Britain Memorial Flight”

"We can also confirm that the Spitfire and Hurricane from Biggin Hill are unaffected therefore we will have two Spitfires and a Hurricane displaying at the event".

A spokesman for the BBMF told the BBC the problem is "related to the Merlin engine", which powers aircraft including the Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane, but "affects all current and serviceable display aircraft". "We are now investigating the fault and, as a precaution, flying of Merlin engine-powered aircraft has been paused".

THE crowd-pulling Battle of Britain Memorial Fight could be in doubt for next week's Clacton Airshow after it was grounded.

"We are still operating Griffon and Gypsy powered aircraft, including Spitfire and Chipmunks".

Flown by regular serving RAF Aircrew, the Flight operates six Spitfires, two Hurricane Mk 2Cs, a Lancaster as well as a C47 Dakota and two Chipmunk aircraft (primarily used for training).

Operated by the RAF, the aircraft were due to take part in this weekend's two-day flying display, which celebrates Biggin Hill airport's centenary.

He said: "Everyone has got a soft spot for BBMF".

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The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at the Herne Bay airshow will be going ahead as planned despite previous safety concerns, it has been revealed.

They are some of the last Second World War planes to still fly today.

"The crowds will be a bit disappointed but in our business it's safety first".

The memorial flight is due to fly on both days of the show.

"It would be a big disappointment to us if they did not come", he said.

The airshow, on Thursday, August 24, and Friday, August 25, will see the seafront skies filled with a host of aircraft including a Mig-15, a Hawker Hurricane, a P-51 Mustang and a Catalina amphibious aircraft as well as spectacular aerial displays from the RAF Red Arrows, the Fireflies and Twister Aerobatic display teams and the Tigers Parachute Display Team.



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