60th anniversary patch

New BBMF 60th anniversary flying suit patch

Header image: The new BBMF 60th anniversary patch being ‘modelled’ by Flt Lt Antony ‘Parky’ Parkinson.

If you see any of the BBMF pilots, aircrew and ground crew at work in their black flying suits this year, you will notice that they are wearing a new 60th anniversary badge on the left upper arm. Designed jointly by the BBMF and Squadron Prints, the new patch proudly commemorates the Flight’s 60th year.

Win the chance to sit in a BBMF Spitfire

Win a BBMF Spitfire cockpit experience

Header image: A BBMF Spitfire cockpit is waiting for the lucky winner of the RAF Memorial Flight Official Club ballot prize for May.

This month one lucky member of the RAF Memorial Flight Official Club will win a ‘money cannot buy it’ opportunity to experience what it is like to sit in the cockpit of a BBMF Spitfire.

How to enter the ballot

All current members of the RAF Memorial Flight Club have been automatically entered into this month’s ballot.

If you’re not already a member, please join the Club before 31 May 2017. You will be entered into this month’s prize draw and will receive a Club membership pack by post. Members can also claim free aircraft hangar tours at the BBMF Visitor Centre and will receive our Club magazine twice a year as well as monthly e-newsletters with content exclusive to Club members.

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RAF Bomber Command’s first 1,000 bomber raid

RAF Bomber Command’s first 1,000 bomber raid May 1942

Header image: Vickers Wellingtons made up the majority of the force that took part in the RAF’s first 1,000 bomber raid. Some were from Operational Training Units, such as these from No 16 OTU at RAF Barford St John, a satellite airfield for Upper Heyford. (artwork: Gary Eason flightartworks.com)

RAF Bomber Command’s first 1,000 bomber raid – codenamed Operation Millennium – took place 75 years ago this month on the night of 30th/31st May 1942.


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