The newest Spitfire pilot of BBMF is unlikely to be picking up all the unpalatable flight secondary duties!

On the 27 June, the Station Commander of RAF Coningsby, Gp Capt Johnny Stringer, carried out his first Spitfire sortie in our Mk XVI TE311.

He took off and had 45 minutes getting used to the aircraft and carrying out different manouevres. On landing it looked as though he had thoroughly enjoyed the first flight!

After describing the aircraft as “a bit nippy”, Gp Capt Johnny Stringer was congratulated on his sortie and given a well deserved bottle of fizz by OC RAF BBMF, Sqn Ldr Dunc Mason.

During the run up to the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raids, BBMF launched their new Offical Memorial Flight Club.

A very good friend of the Flight, Carol Vorderman kindly agreed to come and launch it for us and attended a press facility at the Flight.

Former Countdown presenter Carol Vorderman paid tribute to the thousands of men who gave their lives in wartime when she launched a new Royal Air Force supporters club.

She said in an age of “rights” we must never forget those who gave their lives for our freedoms, the brave heroes who  “earned them for our.

After the press facility had finished – Carol kindly agreed to have her photograph taken with a few members of the team!


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