BBC to show Biggles Biplane restoration story
BBC to show Biggles Biplane restoration story

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The story of the restoration of the Royal Aircraft Factory BE-2 replica, or “Biggles Biplane”  as it is often referred to, will be broadcast on Monday 23rd January at 7.30pm on BBC East's ‘Inside Out’. Though it may  be shown in other areas too, for those not fortunate to see it ‘live’ will be able to view it on i-Player afterwards.


Assembled at Sywell in 1969 from Tiger Moth  and other components for a film featuring Capt W E John’ fictional hero Biggles, the aircraft was also used in BBC TV’s ‘Wings’ before being sold to the US, where it crashed a 1977 and was not heard of for many years. The late Charles Boddington was heavily involved in the build of the aircraft and also flew it on its maiden flight.


‘Rediscovered’ in 2005, by Stephen Slater and Charles’ son Matthew Boddington, they acquired the remains and spent the next six years bringing it back to flyable condition.
Presenter David Whitely and the team first began to follow the aircraft’s progress in 2006 and have been regular visitors to the workshop ever since. They were also able to capture the emotional moments last May when the aircraft made its first test flights with Matthew at the controls.


On 1st February, a series of flights in the BE-2 replica will celebrate the Centenary of the first flight of the original BE2 prototype, which was flown from Farnborough by its designer Geoffrey de Havilland. And in May it will be used to help celebrate 100 years since the creation of the Royal Flying Corps, the forerunner of today’s Royal Air Force.