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    Image courtesy of Imperial War Museum © IWM (CH 18605)



    Gun harmonisation board at Biggin Hill, Kent, set up for a Supermarine Spitfire Mark IXB of No. 341 (Free French) Squadron RAF, which has been jacked up into a level flying position in the Blister Hangar fifty yards beyond by armourers of No. 3101 Servicing Echelon. The discs on the board have placed in order to harmonise the guns so that their lines of fire converge on a point 250 yards from the aircraft. The four small outside discs are the harmonising points for the four .303 Browning machine guns, while the larger discs inboard of these are for the two 20mm cannon. The upper centre spot is for the pilot's reflector sight, and the lower spot to the left of centre is for the camera gun.

    .....and looking the other way (spot the buildings?)



    An armourer of No. 3101 Servicing Echelon uses a periscope unit to adjust one of the .303 Browning machine guns on a Supermarine Spitfire Mark IXB of No. 341 (Free French) Squadron RAF, jacked up before a gun harmonization board at Biggin Hill, Kent.

    Courtesy of Imperial War Museum © IWM (CH 18603)

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    Default Re: Biggin Hill

    By coincidence I was looking at the same pictures the other day on the IWM website. Spitfire is facing the South Camp, in fact the range of buildings shown on the plan extract at #27 of this thread. It is in the blister hangar at the top of the plan (26A??) and facing buildings 163 &164. This range of buildings have only recently gone, replaced by the new Rizon hangar or to make way for the Airport's proposed hotel.

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    Thanks IanP for identifying.

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    Taken from 'This is London'
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    Biggin Hill Heritage Centre plans set for take off

    Biggin Hill was the launch pad for driving back Germany in the Battle of Britain. DAVID MILLS hears about the proposals for a long overdue heritage centre.

    A 3D TUNNEL, an aerial dogfight and chronological history trail are just some of the ideas suggested for a heritage centre at Biggin Hill.

    Plans are beginning to fall into place for the centre, which will remember the role RAF Biggin Hill played in pioneering the development of wireless technology and fighting the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain.

    The Biggin Hill Battle of Britain Trust is proposing the centre be built within the RAF enclave, next to the Memorial Chapel in Main Road, as opposed to the alternative and smaller Leavesden site across the road.



    Trust chairman Dennis Barkway said: "This creates the best opportunity we have had given the site is on the operational side of the airfield, where we have always wanted to be.

    "The site would be right next to war time buildings."

    Being "air side" would also open up the opportunity for possible Spitfire operations, but this would be subject to negotiation with Biggin Hill Airport and Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, who owns the west camp neighbouring the RAF site.

    Mr Barkway said: "There would be room to put a Kent Spitfire hangar there and integrate that into visits to the heritage centre. But we are quite a long way from that, due to costs and the consent of Mr Ecclestone and the airport."



    Building within the RAF enclave would also secure the future of the Memorial Chapel and the Air Training Corps, as the site, no longer operational, is on the Ministry of Defence disposals list.

    Three options for developing the RAF quarters are being considered, which will all keep the chapel and remembrance gardens in their current form.

    One option is to demolish all buildings except the chapel and build a new centre and ATC facility; a second is to convert existing buildings and build two new ones, while the third would keep the existing buildings and construct a centre to the rear or side of the chapel.



    Notably the trust report states it would be "odd to the public and potential donors if the trust were seen to be destroying that which Adolf Hitler could not, in order to build the heritage centre".

    Among the other items planned are classrooms for school visits with possible activities including making DIY radios and model aircraft.

    It is also hoped the centre will contain historical artefacts and digital displays telling the personal stories of individuals who served at Biggin Hill.

    One of the more exciting ideas includes a 3D tunnel which would place the visitor up in the sky in a Battle of Britain dogfight.

    A plotting room has also been suggested where visitors would be able to use technology to plot incoming aircraft and manage the ensuing battle.

    Mr Barkway said: "The way technology is moving on, there is scope for bringing some really interesting products into the arena.

    "But keep in mind, it's technology that first put Biggin Hill on the map."

    Spitfire pilot Rodney Scrase, who arrived at Biggin Hill in 1942, said: "It's extremely important young people hear the story of Biggin Hill.

    "I had a young man write to me the other day wanting to know what I could tell him about my flying training for his school project.

    "Of all the airfields around London (during the war), Biggin Hill was the most important. It was a key location."



    2015 - the year the centre will open, should everything go to plan. It would appropriately tie in with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

    £3m - the total cost of building the centre, from which £2.2m would need to raised. The trust is in talks with a number of potential bodies including the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    18 months - the time it will take to build the centre.

    12,000 - the number of visitors the Memorial Chapel receives each year. The centre would hope to capitalise on this market.

    2.11 acres - the size of the RAF site. The Leavesden site is 1.73 acres.

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    Taken From Biggin Hill Today website:
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    BIGGIN Hill airport is in talks to resurrect the town’s popular air show and hopes to stage an event in June 2013.

    The announcement was made at a packed meeting of the Biggin Hill & District Residents’ Association, held on Wednesday. Airport managing director Jenny Munro said the project was a “high priority”, adding that any future show would have a greater focus on local residents.

    Ms Munro was joined by Colin Hitchins, formerly of Air Displays International, the company that for many years ran the Biggin Hill international air fair. Now working directly with the airport, Mr Hitchins said his desire was to hold an air show in Biggin Hill on an annual basis.

    “I wouldn’t be standing here today if the airport wasn’t behind this – the ambition is there,” he said.

    Mr Hitchins said the success of the show – established in 1963 – had grown “faster than our capabilities” and insisted his efforts were now focussed on making sure Biggin Hill residents get more tickets.

    “Local people have got to be the priority,” he said. “Let’s try and limit tickets to ensure you get a good experience.”

    That point was confirmed by Ms Munro, who said she did not anticipate a future show drawing “anywhere near” the previous maximum of 70,000 visitors over two days.

    Mr Hitchins said the intention was to stage an event “worthy of Biggin Hill” that represents “all facets of aviation”.
    The aim would be to set ticket prices at or below the amounts charged in previous years (around £45 for a family ticket).

    A 2013 air show – likely to be held over two days – would almost certainly have to incorporate the daily operation of the airport, as well as the flying displays.
    An application for the RAF Red Arrows to take part in the event could be made as early as September this year, Mr Hitchins said.

    Hosted by residents’ association chairman David Haslam, the meeting was held to get local residents’ views of the show – what they liked and disliked about previous events and what they wanted to see from any future show.

    Ideas included:
    •Scrapping the fun fair, branded “tacky” and “expensive” by members of the audience
    •Inviting local students to perform or be otherwise involved in the event
    •Creating a careers opportunities tent
    •Celebrating the vintage of Biggin Hill by involving all generations

    Biggin Hill’s long-established annual air show was scrapped shortly after Biggin Hill Airport Limited seized control of the event in 2010. At the time, airport bosses said they were concerned about the safety and business risks involved with running the show.

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    What about scrapping the big VIP tents that get in the way and are full of empty seats and drunks facing the bar rather than the air show. Empty seats......hmmmm!

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    Default Biggin Hill East Camp - Open House tours, Sunday 23 September

    Pleased to say that wartime structures in the East Camp (Air Ministry pattern pillbox; e-pens; dispersal hut; surface sleeping shelter) will be open for guided tours on Sun 23 September as part of the Open House London weekend. Enter the airport via the roundabout (don't go to the terminal) and follow the green signs - tours are scheduled for 10.30; 11.30; 1.00; 2.00; 3.00; and 4.00pm and entry is free!

    Just in case anyone was put off by the Airport's Family Open day last year this is nothing to do with that - event is run by the Scout Aviation Centre and has run most years since 2002. Fingers crossed we hope to have one or two historic aircraft on display as well as other 1940s material.

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    Default Re: Biggin Hill Airport East Camp - Open House tours, Sunday 22 September

    Is it really a year since anyone posted anything about Biggin Hill?

    But if anyone is interested in seeing something of what is remaining, the wartime structures in the East Camp (Air Ministry pattern pillbox; e-pens; dispersal hut; surface sleeping shelter) will be open for guided tours on Sun 22 September to coincide with the Open House London weekend. Enter the airport via the roundabout (don't go to the terminal) and follow the green signs - tours are scheduled for 10.30; 11.30; 1.00; 2.00; 3.00; and 4.00pm and entry is free!

    We hope to have one or two historic aircraft on display as well as other 1940s material.

    Ian P

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    Default Re: Biggin Hill Airport East Camp - Open House tours, Sunday 22 September

    Quote Originally Posted by Ianp View Post
    Is it really a year since anyone posted anything about Biggin Hill?
    Surprising isn't it. But in that year sadly there will probably have been about a billion Biggin Hill photos blithely plastered over Facebook, without supporting information and of very little practical use to anyone.

    It's a shame in some ways that the ubiquitous nature of digital photography has in some ways led to the degradation of the of the medium.

    Sorry off topic, rant over... and thank you for the update and information.

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    Default Re: Biggin Hill Airport East Camp - Open House tours, Sunday 22 September

    I agree with you, what happened to that last picture on Facebook. Oh! yes it was superseded by this one.

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