Capel-le-Ferne Spitfire and Hurricane replicas sent for refurbishment

Replica Spitfire being loaded One of the replica Spitfire's wings had been full of rainwater

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A replica Spitfire and Hurricane have been sent for major refurbishment following exposure to the elements at their base on the white cliffs between Dover and Folkestone in Kent.

The planes, from the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, have been dismantled and taken to Norfolk for the work.

They are based on fighter aircraft flown in the Battle of Britain.

The planes are due back on display in time for Memorial Day on 14 July.

Replica Hurricane being loaded The Hurricane is a replica of one flown by Flying Officer Geoffrey Page

They are replicas of a Mk I Hurricane flown by Flying Officer Geoffrey Page, and a Mk IIa Spitfire YT-J flown by test pilot Jeffrey Quill.

The Hurricane has been on display since July 2007, while the Spitfire was placed at the site two years later.

GB Replicas, based in Norfolk, is carrying out the refurbishment work.

Andy Simpson, from the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, said one of the replica Spitfire's wings had been full of rainwater.

He added that the 20th anniversary of the unveiling of the National Memorial by the Queen Mother would also be celebrated on Memorial Day, the annual commemoration of the anniversary of the start of the battle.

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