BBMF Display

Request A Display Or Flypast

Anyone can request a display or flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Team do not choose where and when they will display; display allocation is controlled by the RAF Events Team.

Applications should be submitted by 30 September of the year preceding the event. Late bids will be processed but are less likely to be successful.

Note: RAF participation is not permitted at events that are closed to the public and private functions such as weddings, funerals, anniversaries or birthdays.

Request a display

The Royal Air Force Events Team receive a large number of requests for displays each year, but only a limited number can be fitted into the team's summer programme. All bids must be made in writing before the end of September for the following summer. The BBMF display season generally begins in May and finishes in September each year, and the Team is unable to display outside this period.

Charges

Displays conducted by RAF aircraft attract display and insurance charges. In addition, organisers are responsible for any costs that would not have been incurred but for the asset’s participation, such as transport between accommodation and display site and other incidental expenses. Information about current charges, crew composition and other financial conditions may be obtained from the RAF Air Events Team on 020 8833 8769.

If you would like to request a display by the BBMF, please download and complete the Display application form and send it to:

RAF Events Team
Bentley Priory Building
RAF Northolt
West End Road
Ruislip
Middlesex
HA4 6NG

You can also telephone 0208 833 8769 or e-mail CER-SO3AirEventsTeams@mod.uk

Please only use this email address for display requests.

Request a flypast

The BBMF also complete many flypasts each summer as they transit from display to display. The display season generally begins in May and finishes in September each year, and the Team are unable to perform flypasts outside this period. Flypasts, with very rare exceptions, are permitted only when the BBMF are already in transit close to where the flypast is required. They are not programmed to do flypasts that involve a considerable deviation from the planned route because this would incur extra fuel and aircraft operating costs.

The Team are not permitted to carry out flypasts for weddings, funerals or birthdays. Flypasts are always subject to cancellation at short notice for operational reasons such as weather conditions and Air Traffic Control restrictions.

If you would like to request a flypast by the BBMF, please download and complete the Flypast application form and send it to:

RAF Events Team
Bentley Priory Building
RAF Northolt
West End Rd
Ruislip
Middlesex
HA4 6NG.

You can also telephone 0208 833 8769 or e-mail CER-SO3AirEventsTeams@mod.uk.

Please only use this email address for display requests.

Flypast Guidance

A flypast is a non-aerobatic event. There are normally no charges for flypasts. Aircraft are only launched for dedicated flypasts in exceptional circumstances, for which charges are usually levied.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft may undertake sorties combining multiple flypasts where aircraft will perform up to 3 passes at each event. If an organiser is willing to be flexible on timings and is able to give a large timing window, this increases the chance of an aircraft being allocated.

Flying Display Guidance

Organisers are reminded of the statutory requirement to comply with the conditions contained within the CAA publication ‘CAP 403 – Flying Displays and Special Events’. If an event includes flying activities by civilian aircraft, the organiser should apply to the CAA for permission under Article 162 of the Air Navigation Order. Details of how to apply and all relevant CAA regulations can be found in CAP 403, which is available via www.caa.co.uk/cap403. Where military regulations are more stringent than CAP 403, the military regulations will apply to all military aircraft participating at an event.

The safety of spectators is the principal consideration in the planning and conduct of air displays and even if an event does not require CAA permission, a display line is still required. This should be positioned at least 230 metres from the crowd line and should prevent over flight of spectators.

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