Where and what time you can see spitfire fly over for Battle of Britain

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Today, September 15, marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The Battle of Britain took place between July 10 and October 31 1940.

However, September 15 1940 was officially named Battle of Britain Day because RAF Fighter Command claimed what proved to be a decisive victory over the German Luftwaffe.

Around 1,120 Luftwaffe aircraft were sent to attack London, but were stopped by 630 RAF fighters. This forced Hitler to postpone his plans to invite Britain.

How is the Battle of Britain commemorated?

The RAF website says: “This year the RAF is commemorating and celebrating those who made this victory possible.

“From the hard work and determination of ‘The Many’, to the courage and sacrifice of ‘The Few’ – the 2,945 RAF aircrew who faced the Luftwaffe from July to October 1940.”

The 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be commemorated throughout the country in various ways.

An annual Westminster Abbey Battle of Britain service is still due to take place on September 20.

A special radar tribute highlighting the achievements of women and other “unsung heroes” will be run by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Will there be an airshow?

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Unfortunately, the Duxford Battle of Britain Air show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The RAF website states: “It is with great sadness that we have taken the decision to cancel the Duxford Battle of Britain Proms and the 80th Anniversary Battle of Britain Air Show 2020.

“We were looking forward to the Air Show as much as the thousands of visitors who had bought tickets for what promised to be a brilliant weekend.

“We have been working tirelessly with our partners including Public Health England and South Cambridgeshire District Council in order to explore all avenues for hosting the event.

“However, we take our responsibility for the safety of our visitors and local community very seriously and feel it would be irresponsible to continue with the event in this rapidly-changing climate.”

What time is the Battle of Britain flypast?

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Luckily, there will be a spitfire flyby to enjoy. There will be a flyby setting off at 2pm, according to the Daily Echo.

Phil Stuart, a lifeboat crew member, will be taking to the skies to mark the 80th anniversary.

Phil will be joined by a chief pilot in a two-seater Spitfire.

They will be taking off from Solent Airport at 2pm, before heading north up the Hamble River, past Mercury Marina and west over the disused Hamble airfield.

After this the spitfire will head to the old RAF Calshot station, and the Needles on The Isle of Wight, the D-Day museum in Southsea and Southwick House.

They will return to Solent Airport 45 minutes later.

Those who witness it will see the flight perform various aerobatics, including 360 degree turns.

They will return to Solent Airport 45 minutes later.

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