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Dogfight [by the_gneech]

The Hardest Day

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and today's flypast from Biggin Hill commemorates one of the darkest days of that period.

Takeoff was scheduled for 1pm, and it dawned on me that, with Biggin just fifteen minutes up the road from my office, I could pop along in my lunch break and check it out.

Of course, I wasn't the only one with this bright idea. Traffic was crawling, and cars were parked for a mile each side of the airport, in pub car parks, in laybys, on verges and, in the case of half a dozen motorbikes, on a particularly large traffic island.

I found a cheeky space on the double yellow lines, between two cars, and joined the hundreds of other people staring agog through the wire netting as the aircraft taxiied. Takeoff was at the other end of the runway, but the planes circled round so everyone got a look. The sight and sound were awesome as, for a few minutes, the sky over Kent was as crowded with Spitfires and Hurricanes as it was in 1940.

I may, in the past, have complained about how difficult working in Bromley makes doing stuff in London after work. Bromley, you have redeemed yourself.



The noise must have been amazing. Did people clap, or were they all too busy taking photos? I'm sure I'd have burst into tears.

Edited at 2015-08-18 06:16 pm (UTC)
There was no one moment suitable for clapping, really - there was stuff going on all the time. BBC News says there were 3000 people!
That's an impressive turnout, indeed. And certainly, an apt means of commemorating a peak of one of the pivotal moments in the UK's history.