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Air display Hurricane was the last one ever built 25 May 2007

The Hurricane taking part in the display over Douglas this Saturday by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was the last one ever built.

This has been revealed with publication of the final plans for the event which is scheduled to take place over Douglas Bay at 1 pm. The Hurricane – which is to be piloted by Flight Lieutanant Parky Parkinson - was built at Langley in Buckinghamshire in 1944.

Joining the Hurricane in the display will be a Spitfire, built at Castle Bromwich in 1941, and a Lancaster whose history can be traced back to its construction at Chester in 1945. Their pilots will be Squadron Leader Al Pinner, who is the Officer Commanding the Battle of Britain Flight, and Flight Lieutenant Stuart Read.

The display is a joint venture between the Manx Aviation and Military Museum and the Department of Tourism and Leisure. Andy Arnold, one of the officials of the Ronaldsway-based museum, will be the controller and his position on Douglas Head will enable him to liaise with the pilots during the show.

Mr.Arnold, who served in the Royal Air Force for over 20 years and was also involved with Forces Radio, said local race fans and TT spectators would be privileged to witness a unique spectacle.

He added:

‘The Manx Aviation and Military Museum and the Department of Tourism and Leisure are delighted the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has agreed to come over and see us. It is a fitting time for them to display at the very start of TT fortnight. Given fair weather on the day it will be a special occasion and one not to be missed.’

The Battle of Britain team will fly in from Blackpool and after a 15-20 minute performance leave again for another engagement in Lancashire.

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