On Tuesday (15th September) – the 75th anniversary of victory in the Battle of Britain – an estimated 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes from across the UK, USA and Europe will head to Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex to take part in an historic flypast over the South of England. The event brings together in one place more Battle of Britain aircraft than at any time since World War II.
Two groups of planes – white section and red section – will fly across the Isle of Wight, passing overhead at Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor and The Needles. Other sections will head to other parts of the South, with the pink section set to fly down the Solent.
The first of the sections, white, will take off from Goodwood at 12:00 (midday) with the red section taking off around 4 minutes later (12:04). It is anticipated that both groups will fly over the Island sometime between 12:05 and 12:30.
As the event is a dedicated flypast, it is hoped the planes will fly relatively low compared to a transit pass that is often seen with The Red Arrows or the Vulcan Bomber travelling from A to B.
*FLYPAST DELAYED UNTIL 14:00*
SUGGESTED VIEWING POINTS
Based on the official flight routes provided by organisers (subject to change on the day), the following locations should provide great viewing points for Islanders:
– Culver Down, Sandown (Access by car, Refreshment facilities)
– St Boniface Down, Ventnor (Access by car, highest point on the Isle of Wight)
– St Catherine’s Point, Niton (Walking only, limited parking)
– Isle of Wight Pearl (Outside seating, refreshments, free parking)
– The Needles Battery, Alum Bay (Walking only, parking chargeable at Alum Bay)
In the event of a poor weather forecast for Tuesday, tomorrow (Monday 14th September) will be used as a contingency. This decision will be made at 18:00 this evening – stay connected with Island Echo for confirmation on the display date and time.
UPDATE @ 20:12 – Organisers have confirmed that the fly past will take place, as planned, on Tuesday 15th September.