The RAF base at Biggin Hill, south-east of London, played a central part in the Battle of Britain. Part of 11 Group, it was responsible for protecting the south-east of England and guarding the approaches to the capital.
An exterior view of St George's, the chapel at RAF Biggin Hill. A Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane stand guard outside. (IWM RAF-T 6209)
The origins of the iconic fighter plane.
Raymond Baxter, BBC presenter and former Spitfire pilot, recounts the revolutionary origins of the Supermarine Spitfire and its Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.
Raymond Baxter guides viewers through the cockpit of a Spitfire.
Raymond Baxter, BBC presenter and former Spitfire pilot, affectionately talks the viewer through the Spitfire’s cockpit and operation.
The production of Spitfires during World War Two.
Raymond Baxter, BBC presenter and former Spitfire pilot, describes the production of Spitfires during the war.
The development of the Spitfire aeroplane during World War Two.
As a Spitfire sweeps through the sky in the background, Raymond Baxter, BBC presenter and former Spitfire pilot, describes its evolution from seaplane to world-famous fighter.
The events of the 15th September.
From the Fighter Command control room in Uxbridge, Richard Holmes describes the RAF attacks on incoming German bombers.
London Biggin Hill Airport (IATA: BQH, ICAO: EGKB) is an operational general aviation airport at Biggin Hill in the London Borough of Bromley, located 12 NM (22 km; 14 mi) south-southeast of Central London. The airport was formerly the Royal Air Force station RAF Biggin Hill, and a small enclave on the airport still retains that designation.
Biggin Hill is best known for its role during the Battle of Britain in the Second World War, when it served as one of the principal fighter bases protecting London and South East England from attack by enemy bombers. Over the course of the war, fighters based at Biggin Hill claimed 1,400 enemy aircraft, at the cost of the lives of 453 Biggin Hill based aircrew.
Today the airport has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P804) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Regional Airports Limited). It specialises in general aviation, handling a spectrum of traffic from private aviation to large business jets. It currently has no scheduled airline service.
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