Open Day at Hangar 42 to celebrate National Armed Forces Day 2021

National Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26 June will be marked at the Hangar 42 Spitfire Visitor Centre at Blackpool Airport.

The open day is a free event which will take place between 10am and 4pm with tickets bookable in advance here.

It will feature three replica Spitfires and a Hawker Hurricane currently being restored with original parts. Some additional activities such as Bomber Command Virtual Reality Suite are chargeable extras.

RAF Squires Gate was home to many of the Polish RAF squadrons in WW2, many being formed in Blackpool. Hangar 42 was constructed in 1939 for the Royal Air Force and has been relatively untouched since 1945, retaining many original features. The Visitor Centre has been developed to ensure that the sights, sounds and equipment of the era are brought back to life to give visitors a valuable insight into the realities of fighting on the ground, as well as in the air during the dark years of World War Two.

For more information on the full programme of events across Blackpool for Armed Forces Week please visit visitblackpool.com/armedforces