Biggin Hill Aerodrome was established during the latter part of the First World War, when the Royal Flying Corps defended the skies in basic wood and fabric aeroplanes, then afterwards the aerodrome was built up during the 1920s and 1930s, seeing advances in technology and aircraft. During the five years of the Second World War Biggin Hill played a significant role during the Dunkirk evacuation, the Battle of Britain and the fight back across the Channel, finally helping to bring freedom to occupied Europe. Post-war saw the arrival of the jet age and the RAF Aircrew Selection Centre which was based there. Annual air shows became the norm during the 1950s and still continue today. Illustrated with photographs throughout.