Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Flypast -Goodwood – 15 September 2015

On Battle of Britain Day 2015 a flypast of 33 aircraft took off from Goodwood Aerodrome to mark the 75th anniversary of that historic event. Wartime Hurricane and Spitfire pilot Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC, AFC, AE, who is 95, led the formation from the rear seat of a two seat Spitfire in the first group of four – ‘white section’. Tom was joined in the air by Cpl Alan Robinson and Nathan Forster, two wounded servicemen backed by the Spitfire Scholarship in partnership with The Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund, which Prince Harry launched in 2014, and who also attended. Prince Harry was due to also be a passenger in a two-seat Spitfire but unfortunately was unable to do so due to a technical issue with one of the aircraft.

Over 30,000 people attended the event inside the airfield with many thousands more viewing from the surrounding hillsides and on the routes taken as the sections (detailed below) ‘patrolled’ various locations around the south of England with historical links to the battle.

Most of the aircraft taking part in the flypast were already on the aerodrome having taken part in the weekend’s Goodwood Revival (seeĀ Goodwood Revival), with the remainder arriving in the morning.

The participating aircraft were:

White P7350, SM520, PV202, AB910

Red MK356, PZ865, LF363, TE311

Green R4118, PL965

Blue TD248, MV268, JT-10

Orange X4650, ML407, PP972

Yellow L6739, MH434, P7308, EP120

Purple TD314, N3200, BM597, P3700

Pink SX336 (should also have had RR232 but this aborted its take-off)

Brown TA805, P2921, TE184

Black AG224, 3W-17, MT928

RR232 did manage to take off at the back, and P-51 Mustang KH774 also followed as camera-ship

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The Goodwood Revival – The Flying – 11-13 September 2015

In a long overdue catch-up from this wonderful event, the below is a collection of images from the flying sequences during the Goodwood Revival, plus a couple of other movements, and passenger flights by the Boultbee Academy’s two-seat Spitfires. The weather was mixed over the three days, and was sadly at its worst for the finale – the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Due to the layout of the location no displays take place as such, more a number of flypasts as the aircraft make wide circuits before dipping down towards the runway in front of the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation enclosure.

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‘No Trousers Tube Ride’ – London Underground – 10 January 2016

The ‘No Trousers Tube Ride’ took place on various sections of the London Underground, emanating from the meeting point in Chinatown. The idea for the event originated in the US (where it is ‘No Pants Subway Ride’) by a group called Improv Everywhere and has spread worldwide – the first having taken place in 2002. The premise for the participants – male and female – is not to be exhibitionist, but rather to appear to have just forgotten to fully dress and continue with their journeys regardless. The London event is organised by The Stiff Upper Lip Society.

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