A unique gathering of people and aircraft have
witnessed the launch of ‘Biggin100’ - a programme of celebrations and special
events to mark the centenary of London Biggin Hill Airport.
Three very special 100 year old guests took to
the air on Tuesday (February 14th) and flew over Biggin in a Spitfire and a
Learjet 75 corporate jet.
Ray Roberts, a WW2 pilot had the honour of
flying in the Spitfire, whilst local resident Lily Osborne, ex Bletchley Park
Signals Intelligence Officer and Trudi Baxter flew in one of the most modern
corporate jets, a Learjet 75 provided by bespoke charter airline, Zenith
It was on 13th February 1917 that the War
Office first established a military camp on the site at Biggin Hill in South
London that is the origin of the airport.
Flypast salute by a Zenith Aviation
Learjet 75 in formation with a 2-seat Spitfire of the Biggin Hill Heritage
Hangar. Piloted by Peter Kynsey, in the rear cockpit of the Spitfire was
100-year old Ray Roberts from Margate who flew Spitfires with the RAF and ATA
during WWII | Photo: Gary Stone.
The Biggin Hill Spitfire flight was an
opportunity for guests to remember with pride and gratitude ‘Churchill’s Few’
who flew with skill and courage from RAF Biggin Hill throughout the Battle of
Britain in the summer of 1940, supported by dedicated ground crews and
The Zenith Aviation Learjet flight marked
Biggins current role as a dedicated international gateway airport for Greater
London and the City for business, corporate and private aviation.
London Biggin Hill’s Managing Director used the ooccasion to outline a very
bright future for the airport and its community and commented, ”Biggin 100 will
enable us to showcase our continuing commitment as we lay the foundations and
investment enabling us to inspire young people to pursue exciting and worthwhile
aerospace careers in the future.”
Managing Director of Zenith Aviation said: “We’ve been based at London Biggin
Hill for a number of years now, so it is a privilege to be able to support this
event with one of our Learjet 75s.
"Marking the centenary with a special flight
carrying some esteemed guests is the perfect way to celebrate the extraordinary
heritage of the airport.”
Will Curtis, Managing Director (left) and
Robert Walters, Business Development Director, London Biggin Hill Airport, share
the ceremony of cutting the cake at the launch this week of the airport’s
Included in the programme for London Biggin
Hill’s centenary year is confirmation of the creation of the London Aerospace &
Technology College, flying and engineering bursaries for young people, a 2-day
Festival of Flight on the 19th & 20th of August and the opening to the public of
the heritage areas of the airfield during ‘Battle of Britain’ Week in September.