Battle of Britain to be remembered at Fly Day on Saturday

Michelle Dunlop Herald Writer

The Flying Heritage Collection will commemorate the Battle of Britain at this Saturday’s Fly Day event in Everett.

The Battle of Britain was the first major war campaign fought entirely by air forces in the summer and fall of 1940. Two British fighters have been credited for winning the Battle of Britain: the Supermarine Spitfire and the Hawker Hurricane. A version of each will take to the skies between noon and 1 p.m. Saturday as part of the free Fly Days series this summer.

Flying Heritage describes the two aircraft as follows:

The Supermarine Spitfire was Britain’s answer to its enemy counterpart, the German Messerschmitt 109. The Spitfire was remarkably nimble and maneuverable and was referred to by many of its pilots

as “a ballerina in flight.”

The Hawker Hurricane, because of its simplicity and adaptability, served in every major theater of air warfare during World War II. The Hurricane was mass-produced by Allied forces during the war;

more than 14,000 Hurricanes were produced by the end of the war.

The Hurricane is responsible for destroying more enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain than did the Spitfire.

The Flying Heritage Collection features accurately restored flying-condition WWII aircraft.

It’s located at Everett’s Paine Field, 3407 109th St. SW.

Saturday’s event is free to the public but does not include admission to the collection. Admission prices are as follows: $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and military members; $8 for youth, ages 6 to 15; children 5 and under are free. Groups of 15 or more people can purchase discounted tickets of $10 per person.