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Spitfire Lands at the Bahrain International Airshow

BAE Systems and the RAF Museum will be showcasing a World War II era Spitfire at Bahrain International Airshow 2014.

20-Jan-2014


Members of the RAF Museum’s conservation team with students from the Gulf Aviation Academy

The aircraft is a piece of aerospace history and is also a reminder of the strong links between Bahrain and Britain which were underlined in the Second World War.

Students from the Gulf Aviation Academy in Bahrain have been working with BAE Systems and the RAF Museum this week to assemble the Spitfire ready for the start of the Airshow. The students were given the opportunity to get a first-hand look at how one of the aircraft is put together and to discover more about how Spitfire featured in Bahrain’s history.

Bahrain through the Fighter Fund, financed the purchase of 10 Spitfires to aid the war effort. These were funded by all sections of the community in the Arabian Gulf. In total, the Fighter Fund raised £50,000 (31,000 BHD) and six Spitfires bore the name Bahrain.

Keith Ifould from the RAF Museum, said: “We’re pleased to be working with the BAE Systems and the Gulf Aviation Academy to display a Spitfire at Bahrain International Airshow 2014. The aircraft helped cement a strong spirit of cooperation between Britain and Bahrain which remains to this day, so it’s a great opportunity for Airshow visitors to come and find out about Spitfire and this historical connection between the countries.”

For more information visit http://www.baesystems.com/content/BAES_164460/bahrain-international-airshow-014, www.rafmuseum.org or follow @BAESystems_Gulf on Twitter.

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