Where to see Battle of Britain Memorial Flight displays in 2023

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are delighted to be displaying at a number of fantastic airshows and events this summer, which you can see below. Flying displays are subject to weather conditions and aircraft serviceability. 

The display season runs from May to September each year with pre-season work-up flying for the crews taking place during April, culminating in Public Display Approval being sought for each pilot from the Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre

Find out about visiting the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre on the Lincolnshire County Council website.

Image shows Spitfire in flight.

During the display season all the aircraft fly regularly and its aircraft and crews deploy away routinely on display duties. Meanwhile, routine servicing and rectification work also takes place in the Flight’s hangar.

The BBMF is typically tasked to fly over 100 displays and around 800 flypasts at events of all shapes and sizes during each display season. This is around 1,000 individual aircraft appearances each year. The display programme takes careful and extensive planning. Each sortie involves several events, to maximise the opportunities within the limited aircraft flying hours available (the hours limits are imposed to ensure the aircraft’s long-term preservation).

During the winter season, October to March, the majority of the Flight’s aircraft (except for the Chipmunks) are kept on the ground for extensive winter maintenance to prepare them for the next display season and to ensure their long-term preservation. At least one of the aircraft is scheduled to undergo a ‘major’ maintenance programme each year, under contract, away from Coningsby.

Request a Display or Flypast 2024

If you have an event and wish to be considered for a display or flypast of any RAF asset then please complete the appropriate application form below.

Flypast Application Form

The RAF will not routinely conduct flypasts at corporate events or at private events such as weddings, birthdays or funerals etc. Applications should be received by 30th November 2023.

Display Application Form and Overseas Events Display Application Form

Applications for displays in 2024 should be received by the end of September 2023.  Aerobatic displays can only be conducted at recognised display venues under the supervision of a CAA-accredited flying display director. 

Completed application forms should be sent electronically to the RAF Air Events Team at [email protected]. Please be aware we are no longer accepting applications via post.

The AET can be contacted on the email above or on 020 8833 8063 or 020 8833 8769.

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