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Prince William in airborne homage to Battle of Britain heroes

By Tony Jones

Published 23/09/2015

The Duke of Cambridge in the cockpit of a Chipmunk plane during a visit to RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, yesterday
The Duke of Cambridge in the cockpit of a Chipmunk plane during a visit to RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, yesterday
The Duke of Cambridge in the cockpit of a Chipmunk plane during a visit to RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, yesterday

The Duke of Cambridge marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain by taking to the skies.

Wearing a flying suit, helmet and mask William took the front seat in a Chipmunk training aircraft during a visit to the home of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).

They were joined in the air by a Spitfire, flown by Flight Lieutenant Anthony Parkinson, and the two aircraft flew in formation for a period in the blue autumn sky.

Before taking off, the Duke spent time with Second World War RAF veterans surrounded by Spitfires and Hurricanes kept in the air by the BBMF.

Former Spitfire flier Ken Wilkinson, who was one of the Battle of Britain pilots famously dubbed the "few" by wartime leader Winston Churchill, chatted to William and asked if he had flown in his old aircraft.

Prince Harry has piloted the famous plane and William replied: "My brother's been up in one and I'm dying to do it".

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