Further to last week's update from the MOD (see below) regarding the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Merlin engines, we have been in touch with the BBMF to enquire as to progress and at this stage the Flight are hoping to send at least one Spitfire and one Hurricane to the Scampton Airshow next weekend (9-10 September).
Whilst this is not the full contingent of aircraft that were originally hoping to display, we are nonetheless very pleased that we will be seeing both key fighter types in the sky at RAF Scampton.
We fully support the tough decision that the BBMF had to make in pausing operations, as both our organisations hold safety at the forefront of what we do. We would like to thank the BBMF for its continued hard work and we look forward to welcoming them to the first Scampton Airshow in a week's time. We will keep you updated if there is any further good news in the coming days.
MOD Update - 30/09/2017: "Our investigation has confirmed an issue with a pinion gear in a Merlin engine. With the precise cause of the problem known, each pinion gear is now being inspected to confirm it meets our exacting standards, with the BBMF and industry putting all of our efforts into getting these beautiful aircraft safely back in the air as soon as possible."
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