King Charles meets veterans

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King Charles III visited RAF Coningsby, where he met with Royal Air Force veterans from the Second World War and their counterparts, who are currently serving as part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

King Charles met with eighteen veterans, who were aged between 98 and 102 years old, at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hangar. He also met with BBMF aircrew, ground staff and Typhoon pilots and ground crew from 29 Squadron.

The host of the visit was the RAF’s Combat Air Force Commander, Air Commodore Howard Edwards. He said, “It has been a real honour to welcome His Majesty and to prove the opportunity to bring together veterans from the Second World War, the BBMF team that upholds their legacy and the Typhoon pilots and engineers that conduct front-line operations today. Overall, a magnificent event that showcases the fantastic people and community that surrounds RAF Coningsby.”

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The King was shown around the hangar, which is home to World War Two Spitfires, Hurricanes and a Lancaster bomber. He took a particular interest in a Chipmunk, which is the aircraft he learned to fly in during his time at Cambridge University.

The Officer Commanding of BBMF, Squadron Leader Mark Sugden, said, “It was a real privilege to host His Majesty at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. For our veterans and all of those who are part of the BBMF Team, this was certainly a day to remember.”

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