Visitors to this year’s Scampton Airshow are keeping fingers crossed that the highly-anticipated Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will still be able to attend after teams ran into issues with the aircraft.
A number of BBMF’s aircraft were grounded after a fault was found with one of the Merlin engines.
All aircraft powered by Merlin engines were also grounded as a precaution.
At the time of writing, it is unknown what is causing the fault – which is raising concerns as the whether the aircraft will fly at Scampton Airshow on September 9-10.
Within the BBMF, there are a number of rare planes, including the Lancaster Bomber, which is one of only two operational aircraft in the world.
There are also five Spitfires, two Hurricanes, two Dakotas and one Chipmunk.
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A spokesperson for Scampton Airshow told The Lincolnite: “The BBMF aircraft engines are undergoing safety checks and we very much hope this will be completed in time for the BBMF to take part in the Scampton Airshow.
“As soon as we know anything we shall let the public know.
“Such incidences do occur occasionally in the aviation world, and of course, safety is our number one priority, but there’s plenty more to see at the airshow with a packed five hour flying display including historic aircraft such as the B-17 Flying Fortress, Catalina, P-51 Mustang and BAE Systems Avro Anson.”
The Lincolnite has contacted BBMF, however at the time of writing have not had a response.