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Dambusters flypast confirmed for Air Tattoo

Seventy years ago today the legendary Dambusters Raid took place and we are delighted to confirm that this will be commemorated by a special flypast at the Air Tattoo this summer.

This will be one of only a few opportunities to see the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Lancaster fly alongside a specially painted, modern day Tornado GR4 from the legendary 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron. A second specially painted Tornado GR4 will be on display in the Air Tattoo’s static aircraft park.

Two Tornado GR4 fighter jets from 617 Sqn will fly over Derwent Reservoir for Dambusters 70th

Today, to mark the 70th anniversary, the Lancaster and two Tornado GR4s from 617 Sqn will fly over Derwent Reservoir in Derbyshire and Eyebrook Reservoir in the East Midlands, which were used for low level flying practice by the original Dambusters crews.

The raid was one of the most audacious bombing missions of WWII, carried out by the RAF’s elite 617 Sqn which took off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and headed for Germany’s Ruhr dams. Specially developed ‘bouncing bombs’ were dropped from Lancaster bombers at low altitude and these skipped along the surface of the water into the dams. Find out more here.

To book your tickets to the Air Tattoo to see the flypast click here.

To find out more about the Dambusters Raid and to see coverage of the Flypast tune into the following TV and Radio programmes:

Thursday 16 May – 7pm – The Dambusters: 70 Years On, BBC 2
Thursday 16 May – 11.20pm – Dam Busters: The Race To Smash The German Dams, BBC 2
Friday 17 May – from 6.30am – Chris Evans: Live from RAF Scampton, BBC Radio 2
Friday 17 May – from 12 noon – Jeremy Vine: Live from Biggin Hill airport, BBC Radio 2
Friday 17 May – 7pm – The One Show, BBC1
Friday 17 May – 8pm – Friday Night is Music Night, The Dambusters 70 Years On, BBC Radio 2
Friday 17 May – 9pm – Building The Bouncing Bomb, More4


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