Video and pix of the Spitfire flypast over York: a stunning spectacle

This brilliant photo of the four-Spitfire formation over York was captured by Allan Harris
13 Aug 2015 @ 9.29 pm
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This brilliant photo of the four-Spitfire formation over York was captured by Allan Harris
This brilliant photo of the four-Spitfire formation over York was captured by Allan Harris
The unmistakable sound of their engines, the inimitable shape of the silhouette…

Most of the people who gathered to watch four Spitfires fly over York were too young to remember the Battle Of Britain.

Nevertheless the sight of these fast, slender machines evoked feelings of pride and gratitude among those looking to the skies.

It was hard to credit that such small aircraft were all that stood between us and Nazi occupation 75 years ago.

The formation of four Spitfires, all privately owned, was part of a wider Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight to mark the anniversary of the start of Adlertag – the start of the German attempt to destroy our air force ahead of an invasion.

One of those watching, Rob Murphy, said:

I went to where the ring-road crosses the river, near Rawcliffe, and managed to get right under their flight path.

I’ve never seen one in flight before (loads in museums). To see four in formation was well, awesome!

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