In July, the BBMF took part in a very special visit to Ireland to take part in events planned for the 100th anniversary of the Irish Air Corps.
Arriving in Ireland despite troublesome weather on UK soil, the BBMF Lancaster and Hawker Hurricane were met in the skies over Dublin by the Silver Swallows Aerobatic Display Team, flying in an iconic formation over the River Liffey.
Following the arrival flypast and being escorted by the Irish Display Team into Casement Aerodrome, 103-year-old war veteran Group Captain John “Paddy” Hemingway, the sole surviving member of “The Few”, was reunited with the Hawker Hurricane – his office during the Summer of 1940. Paddy’s heroic service record, having been shot down 5 times during his service, earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1941, and he was also instrumental in planning the D-Day landings. Speaking about the events in Ireland and of meeting Paddy, OC BBMF Sqn Ldr Mark Sugden said “To meet any veteran is an honour, but to reacquaint Paddy with his beloved Hurricane and “his office” was one of those moments I will never forget. Arriving in the Republic of Ireland, greeted by the Silver Swallows, was an incredible moment and a BBMF first. The centenary celebrations and meeting a national treasure will always be a standout moment during my time on BBMF.”