Flying for Britain with David Jason – 15 September 2020 – 15/9/2020 – Tuesday – ITV
This new hour-long one-off documentary follows national treasure Sir David Jason as he meets the RAF team who fly and maintain the country’s historic aircraft that make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain – a Second World War campaign in which British fighters attempted to keep the country safe against attacks from German pilots – this year is particularly notable for the Memorial Flight, which consists of 12 aircraft.
Sir David, a qualified helicopter pilot and aircraft enthusiast who has previously flown Spitfires, sees the pilots practicing formation flying and rehearsing for public displays, filming behind the scenes in hangars and workshops where these irreplaceable historic machines are fastidiously maintained.
He takes to the skies and flies alongside veteran Battle of Britain Hurricane and Spitfire fighters, learning more about the history of these incredible aircraft and the brave crew who flew them.
He also gets to know some of today’s best pilots – and meets the team of engineers at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire who keep the aircraft in the Memorial Flight in perfect working order.
Because Britain went into Coronavirus lockdown as the programme started filming, Sir David speaks to the volunteers from the Memorial Flight, many of whom also have other jobs in the Royal Air Force, about how they plan to salvage their previously-packed display schedule.
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