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Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

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Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by F3 » Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:53 pm

Just wondering whether anyone remembers the year of the last RAF Battle of Britain display @ Biggin Hill out of interest as it was one of the last five and when it ended left just Abingdon, St.Athan, Finningley & Leuchars which remained the line up until the '90s. I've tried everywhere to find this info w/out success.

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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by nhoenich » Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:14 am

1973
From 1974, the RAF selected four stations each September to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Abingdon, Finningley, Leuchars and St Athan. This remained the pattern throughout the 1980s.
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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by F3 » Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:48 am

nhoenich wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:14 am
1973
From 1974, the RAF selected four stations each September to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Abingdon, Finningley, Leuchars and St Athan. This remained the pattern throughout the 1980s.
Nh
Thanks very much for the info Nh

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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by nugget20 » Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:49 am

Well I have a log of what I believed was a Battle of Britain show at Biggin Hill on 14 Sep 74. Some photos below.

Noratlas 76/62-WD with the Patrouille de France

Image74U14a by John Murray, on Flickr

Gnat T1 XR953/29 of 4FTS

Image74U21a by John Murray, on Flickr

Argosy E1 XR137 of 115 Sqn

Image74V01a by John Murray, on Flickr

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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by F3 » Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:19 pm

These are great. Love the 1st.

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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by Mustang531 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:34 am

As I live locally, I was a regular attendee of the B of B show, also sometimes the Air Fair. The last show I attended was in September 1975. There was a show in 1976, but for some reason lost in the mists of time, probably work, I didn't get to it.
If you look on the Scramble air shows site, there should be a listing which will also confirm a date.

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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by Sparts99 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:21 am

My local too. I'm pretty sure there was a show in 75, or maybe 76? I was a Space Cadet and helped setting out the last barriers and stuff on the Friday night around the static aircraft on the RAF side.
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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by Mike Bridge » Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:47 am

Battle of Britain displays at Biggin Hill Sept 20th 1975 and Sept 4th 1976

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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by eLaReF » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:00 am

Sparts99 wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:21 am
My local too. I'm pretty sure there was a show in 75, or maybe 76? I was a Space Cadet and helped setting out the last barriers and stuff on the Friday night around the static aircraft on the RAF side.
A look here will help https://www.scramble.nl/database/show-r ... ed-kingdom
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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by Sparts99 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:01 am

I had a look through the Scramble lists, fascinating what we used to get and take for granted. I particularly remember the show I worked at as an AAC Scout arrived towards dark on the Friday and I helped marshall it in the hover into it's spot in the static on the RAF side, I can't see a Scout mentioned on any of those lists. What I have since remembered is running an electric flying model stand in one of the hangars on display day, it was a round the pole type thing, so I missed most of the display.
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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by F3 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:28 am

The problem I have with the Scramble lists is that they don't differentiate as to the nature of the show. They only record that a show took place. However, as I note a gap after '73 I'm inclined to believe what nhoenich says about that being the last RAF BoB show which took place there.

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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by Mustang531 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:22 am

Going back to my original posting yesterday, I've dug out my old log books and checked. I attended the BoB show on 14th September 1974 and also 20th September 1975. Regarding a previous post about a Scout at the latter show, I have no record of one, but Wasp HAS.1 XT434 coded 453 was present, maybe that's what was seen. I didn't attend the 1976 show, which was the final RAF organised event, but there are some photos on Flickr of some participants. I know there is no listing on the Scramble site, but if someone can get hold of the relevant BARG or WLAG mag, there is a good chance of one appearing there.

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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by eLaReF » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:08 pm

Mustang531 wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:22 am
but if someone can get hold of the relevant BARG or WLAG mag, there is a good chance of one appearing there.
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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by sobo1962 » Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:02 pm

HI All
Does anyone have a full list of serials of aircraft at Biggin hill 1976 incl Civil Plus Light aircraft at show at time

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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by Sparts99 » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:28 am

Mustang531 wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:22 am
Going back to my original posting yesterday, I've dug out my old log books and checked. I attended the BoB show on 14th September 1974 and also 20th September 1975. Regarding a previous post about a Scout at the latter show, I have no record of one, but Wasp HAS.1 XT434 coded 453 was present, maybe that's what was seen. I didn't attend the 1976 show, which was the final RAF organised event, but there are some photos on Flickr of some participants. I know there is no listing on the Scramble site, but if someone can get hold of the relevant BARG or WLAG mag, there is a good chance of one appearing there.
It was definitely a Scout, it was in camo and had skids not wheels. It was parked almost at the end of the static line up on the RAF side at the A233 end. Like I said in a subsequent post I was stuck in a hangar for most of the display day itself so it might have moved or even departed before the show, I wouldn't have known.
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Re: Inquiry re - date of last RAF Biggin Hill BoB At Home

Post by Tangopapa » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:35 am

I have Scout AH.1 XR630 of 664 Sq logged at the 1976 show - 4th September. Fading memory doesn't let me recall where it was positioned.

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