New images of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have been revealed which offer a never-before seen insight into the engineering, planning and maintenance of the iconic flight team.
A new book, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Operations Manual, is written by renowned author and photographer Keith Wilson who was offered unprecedented access to the team, including the chance to fly with various aircraft from the Flight and take incredible air-to-air shots.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust will be marking the 75th anniversary with a special event on Sunday July 12, before Battle of Britain Day takes place on September 15.
Both are expected to be historic and memorable days, as they are likely to be the last major anniversary events at which the remaining veterans of the Battle of Britain will be fit enough to take part.
Author Keith Wilson said his new book is a touching tribute to those brave men, and shows the incredible work that takes place at RAF Coningsby to keep their memory alive.
He added: “Anyone who has seen the team in action over the years will be familiar with the emotions and excitement that these beautiful birds can create.
“When I see and hear the BBMF formation of Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane, the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, I’ve even seen people moved to tears as they watch the display. It is a unique and personal feeling that stirs incredible national pride and connects us with our past.
“I was fortunate enough to spend time with the team and have seen the incredible dedication, unique skills and huge pride that they demonstrate every day to keep these 75 year old national monuments in good working condition.
“I hope that by reading my book, people will share in my appreciation of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and will be able to enjoy their wonderful displays even more.”
The book includes material that has never been seen before, including images and insight into the repainting of a Spifire Vb, the servicing of Merlin and Griffon engines and the pre-flight walk-arounds of a Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster and Dakota ahead of their displays.
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Operations Manual is available from www.haynes.co.uk priced £25.