FESTIVAL FLYOVER! 100 YEARS IN THE SKY
Sunday - 14.06 - Main Arena
On Sunday 17th June, the glorious British sunshine will beam down over our festival celebrations as a WWII Spitfire heroically glides through our vast and glorious skies, declaring The Royal Air Force's Centenary - in Great British style.
This noble display and major milestone will be greeted by ecstatic Eroica Britannia crowds, honouring the history, achievement, innovation and courage of the RAF.
The Royal Air Force was formed towards the end of the First World War in 1918, and since then has kept Britain safe in the air as well aiding the efforts of ground forces. At the time it was formed, it was the largest airborne force in the world and remains the world's oldest independent air force.
THE SPITFIRE, RENOWNED FOR WINNING VICTORY LAURELS IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN ALONG WITH THE HAWKER HURRICANE, SERVED IN EVERY THEATRE OF THE WAR AND WAS PRODUCED IN MORE VARIANTS THAN ANY OTHER BRITISH AIRCRAFT.
Perhaps the most famous plane of all time in the RAF’s possession is the Supermarine 300, more famously known as the Supermarine Spitfire. Its first flight was 5 March 1936 and after flying it, the test pilot, “Mutt” Summers, reportedly told the designers “Don’t touch anything.”
TO COMMEMORATE AND CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF THE RAF, WE’LL BE WAVING THE MAJESTIC SPITFIRE PAST, PROMISING A SPECTACLE IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF EROICA BRITANNIA.
Admiring authenticity, adventure, heritage and passion. We hold dear these values and pride for our great and luscious land in celebrating the RAF’s first century of excellence - in Great British style.