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Goodwood celebrates the Spitfire

A dozen Spitfires are to fly over Goodwood during the 2011 Revival to celebrate 75 years of the aircraft, which first flew in 1936 and played a crucial role in the Battle of Britain.

Goodwood was an active Battle of Britain airbase, called RAF Westhampnett during World War Two and Supermarine Spitfires, along with Hawker Hurricanes, were based there.

During the Goodwood Revival, which takes place from the 16th-18th September, a dozen Spitfires will fly overhead – the most since World War Two.

Spitfires are linked to Goodwood in more ways than one – most were built nearby in Southampton, and carpenters based at the Goodwood Estate constructed propellers from local wood.

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During the revival weekend the Spitfires will undertake a number of displays culminating in an en-masse flypast on Sunday, 18 September.

Tickets for the Goodwood Revival are available on the Goodwood website

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