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RAF Benevolent Fund announced as Goodwood Revival beneficiary

The RAF Benevolent Fund is excited to be announced as the beneficiary for this year's Goodwood Revival festival.

Taking place on the weekend of the 11 - 13 September, Goodwood Revival is a magical step back in time.

This year's Freddie March Spirit of Aviation exhibition at the Goodwood Revival will mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a line-up of British aircraft that flew in the Second World War.

Goodwood RevivalMore than 30 iconic British wartime aircraft, comprising Supermarine Spitfires, Hawker Hurricanes and the world's only airworthy Bristol Blenheim, are set to make up the exhibition, which will run for the duration of the event and honour the courageous air crews that flew them in battle.

It is fitting that the RAF Benevolent Fund be chosen this year as it marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Following the end of the Second World War the charity was there to support airmen and their families and is still supporting those veterans today.

Paul Hewson, Regional Director for the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "The strong aviation feel to the Revival meant that the RAF Benevolent Fund was delighted when Lord March agreed to the Fund becoming the chosen beneficiary for 2015, working alongside the Richard Burns Foundation.

"It is particularly appropriate this year, as 2015 is the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain, when we remember the sacrifice and courage of 'the Few' who defended the nation against the daily onslaught by the Luftwaffe.

"There are still a small number of veterans of that campaign alive today who recall the dark days of 1940, when so many of their colleagues gave their lives for the nation.

"Today the Fund continues to care for members of the RAF family in their time of need just as it did in 1940, offering a full spectrum of care."

Goodwood's links to the Royal Air Force stretch back to 1940 when Freddie March – the Ninth Duke of Richmond and a successful aircraft designer himself – donated the site now housing the Motor Circuit and Aerodrome to the military to aid the war effort.

Known as RAF Westhampnett during hostilities, Goodwood was home to 43, 129, 145, 602 and 610 squadrons, operating Spitfires, Hurricanes and North American P-51 Mustangs as a relief base for nearby RAF Tangmere.

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