The History of the Biggin Hill International Air Fair

The History of the Biggin Hill International Air Fair

Product no.: 978-1-78155-491-3
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  • Full coverage of each and every Biggin Hill International Air Fair from 1963 to 2010
  • Many previously unpublished photographs that will appeal to the military historian and modeller
  • Includes contributions from Air Fair co-founder Jock Maitland

For almost half a century, Biggin Hill was the scene of one of the world’s best-loved and longest-running air shows. An ex-RAF airfield, it was already well-known as the site from which Spitfires and Hurricanes were launched during the Second World War. Almost two decades after the war, its fame skyrocketed with the introduction of the International Air Fair, staged between 1963 and 2010.

It was an innovative event, always of the highest calibre. Although sometimes afflicted by terrible weather and tragedy, the Biggin Hill International Air Fair was keenly attended by aircraft enthusiasts and families alike. From its outset, the event inspired countless visitors to pursue a career in aviation.

The History of the Biggin Hill International Air Fair will ignite many fond memories. With incredible detail of every show held over its illustrious life, accompanied by a host of nostalgic and previously unpublished high-quality images, this publication tells the story of this legendary air fair and the stars who supplied entertaining and historic performances there.


Paul Fiddian grew up in Bromley, just a few miles from Biggin Hill; this was spark that lit his passion for air displays and all things aviation. He is a well-established aircraft magazine contributor who specialises in aerobatic team histories and general air show nostalgia. Paul is also deeply involved in the media and PR aspects of several major air shows. While this is his first book as an author, other recent projects have included 50 Years of the Red Arrows.

Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Bidning: paperback
Extent: 224 pages
Illustrations: 20 black-and-white and 61 colour photographs

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