Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XVIe (G-CKUE / TB885 / 3W-V) from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar
at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days 2019, Volkel (the Netherlands)
The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar was founded in early 2011 to house the activities of The Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Limited, with the purpose of restoring a single Spitfire. From this it has grown to the point where it has now a whole squadron’s worth and completed its sixth airworthy example. At any one time, the hangar is a hive of activity with several ongoing restorations. In the past up close access to Spitfires has been available to only a lucky few, but now you can take a tour round the facility and see at first hand what goes into putting a Spitfire back in the air, how they are maintained and what is involved in their day to day running. The TB885 entered service with 322 (Dutch) Squadron on 29-03-1945 and flew back to Lasham (United Kingdom) on 13-10-1945 via Gilze Rijen in the Netherlands. The aircraft code was V for Vicky.
Each year the Netherlands armed forces services organises open days on a rotational basis. Open days are intended to show how the Netherlands Defence organisation works for peace and security throughout the world. On these days everyone is welcome to have a look behind the scenes.
The 2019 Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days took place at Volkel Air Base, home to 312 and 313 F-16 Fighting Falcon squadrons.