Spitfire Study Day at Biggin Hill
Come and see a legend at close quarters
There is no aeroplane more iconic than the Spitfire. Called by many the saviour of the Free World, especially during the Battle of Britain, this sleek design is frequently seen at air shows around the world. This is your chance to get up close and personal with the fighter at one of the world’s leading Spitfire operators - and at the famous Battle of Britain fighter station, Biggin Hill.
We will study:
• Design and development, discussing new research into the origins
• The role of the Spitfire in the Battle of Britain
• The fighting power of the Spitfire
• The engineering of the wing design
• The stories of the brave men who flew from RAF Biggin Hill
Where we’ll be:
There can be nowhere better to study the Spitfire than the former RAF Biggin Hill in the 80th year of the Battle of Britain. The facilities of the Heritage Hangar are world-class and afford a privileged access to Spitfires under maintenance, re-build and flying. The hangar would be conducted by one of the engineers who spends every day with these magnificent machines and he’ll be able to answer the most in-depth engineering questions.
Paul Beaver will lead the discussion on the Spitfire throughout the day, focussing on the study areas. The advantage of the Heritage Hangar is that much of the lectures can be illustrated with real examples from the engineering shop floor.
Paul Beaver is a well-known historian and broadcaster who continues to research the Spitfire. He spent six years flying Spitfires in six European countries. He regularly lectures on his experiences to lay and expert audiences, including at the Battle of Battle Bunker in Uxbridge. Paul has recently been appointed Honorary Group Captain of No 601 (County of London) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, which flew Spitfires during and the immediately after the war.
Paul Beaver is the author of two major works on the Spitfire, is a member of the Spitfire Society and lectures regularly on the development and service life of the world's most iconic aeroplane. He even has 6 years of Spitfire flying in his log book.
10.00 - Meet at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar
10.15 - Introductory lecture by Paul Beaver
11.00 - Coffee break
11.15 - Go behind the scenes with a tour of the hangar, led by an engineer who works with the Spitfires
12.30 - Buffet-style lunch in the hangar
13.30 - Paul Beaver lecture
14.30 - Sit in a Spitfire – photographer John Goodman will take photographs (chargeable)
15.30 - Spitfire engine start up
16.00 - Day will finish
· The Spitfire and the Battle of Britain
· Biggin Hill and Spitfire operations
· Wartime developments to the Spitfire
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
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What to expect
- An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
- A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
- Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
- Small Groups 12-25 guests
- The company of like-minded people!