Flight takes off for 50th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 12:59 10 May 2007 | UPDATED: 15:06 12 May 2010

Pic: Nick Emberson

Pic: Nick Emberson

THE Battle of Britain Memorial Flight launched its 50th anniversary season at the Duxford Imperial War Museum, on Saturday. And it gave the crowd the chance to see it in its new colours which were chosen to commemorate RAF squadrons No 100 and No 550. The

THE Battle of Britain Memorial Flight launched its 50th anniversary season at the Duxford Imperial War Museum, on Saturday.

And it gave the crowd the chance to see it in its new colours which were chosen to commemorate RAF squadrons No 100 and No 550.

The event was attended by ex-Battle of Britain pilot Gerald "Stampe" Stapleton.

Tracey Woods, the museum's marketing and public relations manager, said Duxford was "delighted" and "honoured" to be chosen for the opening of the anniversary season.

Our picture, left, shows one of the iconic Spitfires while, above, is the legendary Lancaster.

During the day the public had the opportunity to meet the pilots and crew of the flight and take a close ground-level look at the aircraft.

- This season's Spring Air Show will be taking place at Duxford on Sunday, May 20.

- This year's Flying Legends Air Show which will include classic British and United States war planes will be on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8.

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