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WWII FIGHTERS MARK BATTLE OF BRITAIN DAY WITH ISLAND FLYPAST

battleofbritainflypast3VIDEO: Two groups of Spitfires and Hurricanes flew across the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Tuesday) to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Islanders were treated to a rare glimpse of the WWII fighters together as they flew over the Island, but many spectators have expressed their disappointment that it was just that – a glimpse. The two groups of 4 flew around a mile or so out to sea and at fairly high altitude and did not follow the advertised flight path, where many people had positioned themselves for a fantastic view.

The World War II fighter planes were due to take off from Goodwood Aerodrome at midday, however the poor weather conditions led to a 2 hour delay. For many this meant a 3 hour wait at viewing points such as St Boniface Down and Culver Down, which became very busy.

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Nethertheless the crowds got to see the two groups merge as one as they reached the South Wight before flying over The Needles as one formation, banking right to head North.

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