One of World War Two’s most famous aircraft will do a fly-past twice during the Festival of Alnwick.
The fly-past of the Dakota from the Royal Air Force’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will take place this summer as part of the Olympic torch celebrations. The torch will travel through Alnwick and other parts of the county on its way south to London.
The visit of the plane will depend on weather conditions and times of the fly-past have yet to be confirmed.
But festival organiser Karen Larkin told the Northumberland Gazette: “It’s a real honour that the RAF has agreed to provide such a wonderful aircraft to perform a fly-past on two days of the festival. I’m sure that it will add a spectacular touch to the celebrations.”
The Douglas C-47 Dakota was a famous military transport aircraft, and one of the most successful designs of its type. It was used by the Allies during World War Two and after the conflict by civilian operators.
The announcement is sure to boost tourism in the Northumberland, with aircraft fans from near and far visiting to see the famous and historic plane.
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