Iconic World War 2 aircraft to grace Dorset skies next month: How to see them

ICONIC aircraft of World War II will take to Dorset skies once again next month.

The Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster will stage a flypast at the upcoming Tankfest 2023 event, which runs across June 24 and 25, at the Tank Museum, Bovington.

The flypast is courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight organisation, with visitors able to see the Spitfire and the Hurricane on Saturday, and heavy bomber the Lancaster, one of only two airworthy examples in the world, will be flying over the arena on Sunday.

The Spitfire was critical in defeating Luftwaffe air attacks during the Battle of Britain, and the classic fighter, the Hurricane, also played an important role in the battle. The Lancaster bomber was the most successful of the British heavy bombers.

Head of marketing at the museum, Nik Wyness, said: “Tankfest is well-known as an event for military history enthusiasts to see some of the rarest running historic tanks in the world.

“Now we’re giving tank nuts and aviation fans alike the rare opportunity to glimpse these Second World War planes soaring over their armoured vehicle counterparts.

“We’d like to thank the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for sharing another piece of history with our Tankfest audience and helping us to honour those who fought during the Second World War.”

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