On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force will be celebrating its 100th birthday. This is a great time to mark the occasion by reflecting on their history and achievements and to celebrate the work the RAF is currently doing and look forward to the next 100 years.
Flt Lt Antony Parkinson MBE, known as Parky, who joined the RAF at the age of 18. He became the first pilot to gain 1000 hours flying the Euro Fighter Typhoon and has also flown over 1000 hours on the F4 Phantom and the Tornado F3 for which he was the display pilot in 2000 before joining the Red Arrows for the 2001 to 2004 seasons flying the Hawk.
Parky also flew the F16 for 3 years with the Royal Netherlands Air Force and has over 6500 flying hours in total. Parky has been flying with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight since 2007 as the Operations Officer and one of the fighter pilots. Flt Lt Antony Parkinson was awarded an MBE in recognition for his work on the Typhoon and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Parky is now the Main Pilot for all Spitfire Operations with Aero Legends, his family association with the RAF dates back 100 years on this the RAF Centenary.
Parky will be flying at this years ‘Aero Legends Battle of Britain Air Show”. After the huge success of last year’s event, organisers of the spectacular are pleased to be bringing the show back to Headcorn Aerodrome, set in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July, 2018.
The show will be commemorating the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 100th year since the RAF was formed. Joining the show will be Cadets from across the county as well as serving officers and veterans. With flights throughout the day the main displays will take place between midday and 3:30pm. This year’s show will feature more aircraft with multiple Spitfires and Hurricanes and attendance from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). Along with attractions for all the family including; A funfair, stalls, unrivalled choreographed air displays and flight experiences, this really will be an event not to miss.
On Friday 29th June, schools and press will be invited to have a sneak preview including a tour of the museum. In the evening entertainment in the form of an outdoor cinema will be taking place. On the evening of Saturday 30th June new for this year, a 1940s “Big Band Hangar Dance” will be held featuring the Clefhangers and the renowned Patriot Girls. For information and to book tickets please visit headcornevents.co.uk or call 07769 683345.