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 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Disbandment

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PostSubject: Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Disbandment   Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:41 am

hi everyone

Though not airline related, I received an email earlier re suggestions thats the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (embodied by the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire we see at air shows and events) may be disbanded due to cut backs. Please see the text below from the Shuttleworth Collection


Dear All,

It has been suggested that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) which celebrates the sacrifice of those who flew during the 2nd World War, will be cut in the next round of defence cuts. This will be a travesty if it goes ahead. The BBMF costs a mere £3m a year, less than 0.1% of the defence budget. It is a great delight for all who see their displays, and the memory of 'The Few' will be lost.

The £3 million cost of the BBMF is a drop in the ocean compared to the MoD's £36.9 billion budget - less than 0.1 per cent. It represents only one per cent of the £300 million paid in bonuses to civil servants at the Whitehall ministry. Meanwhile, defence chiefs have squandered a fortune by botching the purchase of equipment.

The BBMF fleet consists of 11 working aircraft - which include one of only two flying Lancasters, several Spitfires, two Hurricanes and a Douglas Dakota - which take to the skies for more than 600 displays and parachute drops each year across Britain and Europe. The events include Second World War anniversaries and State occasions.

The following link is a petition to the Government as follows . . . .

We the undersigned, petition the Prime Minister to ensure that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is not axed in any defence cuts.

Please support the petition by signing it - just click on the following.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Please pass it on to all the contacts you have in your address book!

Yrs ever

John

John Benjamin
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PostSubject: Re: Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Disbandment   Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:01 am

Petition signed.

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