BBMF Members Day 2017

Win tickets to the 2017 BBMF Members' Day

This year’s Members’ Day will be held at the BBMF, RAF Coningsby on Sunday 1 October 2017. It is an annual event when the BBMF says thank you to its supporters and we’ll be giving away two adult tickets to one lucky member as this month’s ballot prize!

The RAF Memorial Flight Club’s full allocation of tickets will go on sale to members very soon. All members will receive an email notification when tickets are available to buy. 

BBMF Spitfire Mk XVI TE311, in its temporary black primer

Spitfire Mk XVI TE311 – Black Spitfire

Header image: BBMF Spitfire Mk XVI TE311, in its temporary black primer, taking off for a display at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford in July. (photo: Gavin Smith)

Regular readers of the BBMF publications will know that the Flight’s low-back, clipped-wing Spitfire Mk XVI TE311 was due to be repainted in a new colour scheme for the 2017 display season. The Spitfire received a coat of black primer at the start of the season; its rudder, elevators and undercarriage doors had already been painted in the correct finish. However, events then overtook the Flight’s best intentions and ‘TE’ has remained like this since.

Ken Wilkinson

Ken Wilkinson

Header images: Left: Ken Wilkinson.
Right: A rather moving picture of former OC BBMF, Sqn Ldr Ian ‘Smithy’ Smith MBE (now serving with No 29 Sqn at Coningsby) with an ailing Ken Wilkinson at the BBMF 60th anniversary event on 11th July 2017. (photo: RAF Coningsby Photo Section © Crown Copyright)

The BBMF is sad to report the death of one of its great friends and one of the last surviving members of ‘The Few’, Ken Wilkinson, who died on 31st July 2017, aged 99, less than three weeks after attending the BBMF 60th anniversary event at RAF Coningsby.


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