Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne today urged the town’s residents to help save the Spitfires of the Battle of Britain Flight from defence budget cuts. Following claims in the Daily Mail that the veteran Spitfires and Hurricanes were in danger of the axe Mr Huhne said that the flight was “a crucial link to the most glorious episode in the RAF’s history” and was particularly important to Eastleigh because of its association with the Spitfire.
However the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight refuted the Daily Mail story stating:
“Air Command have advised us that the potential demise of the BBMF as a cost saving measure is untrue. There is no plan to cut any funding from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.”
On his website Chris Huhne also revealed that his grandfather had served both in the Royal Flying Corps and the RAF and had been awarded an M.C and the Distinguished Flying Cross.