The 1940s Experience returns to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway next weekend (2nd/3rd July) and as an extra special treat for visitors, this year the railway will host flypasts from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on both days.
Taking to the sky on Saturday 2nd will be the iconic Supermarine Spitfire which is scheduled to fly over Havenstreet at 15:00. This symbol of the second world war is renowned for its role in the Battle of Britain. More Spitfire’s were built than any other British combat aircraft – a staggering 20,241 in total.
During the 1940s Experience on Sunday 3rd, a mighty Hurricane – 1 of only 12 airworthy examples in existence – will perform a fly-past over the Railway at 13:40.
The 1940s Weekend has a long-standing place in the Railway’s special events calendar. Visitors can expect a wide selection of period displays and stalls and an extensive collection of military vehicles. There will be steam trains running throughout the day, with tickets enabling travellers to unlimited travel throughout their visit.
Wander around the site and soak-up the atmosphere. There will be live entertainment from Old Time Rags – a talented duo comprising one-man-band Laurence Marshall and award-winning step dancer Phoebe Douthwaite. You’ll feel fully immersed in the era with the sounds of Steve Howell and Amanda Jane filling the air as well as dancing from Now That’s Jive. It’s like being transported back to an extraordinary time, with extraordinary people!
Steve Backhouse, General Manager of IW Steam Railway, says:
“We’re delighted to welcome these two famous aircrafts to the Railway. They should be a very fitting addition to this ever-popular event.”
Head to www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk to book tickets in advance. Visitors can also purchase tickets at the gate on the day.
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