AIRCRAFT icons from the Second World War will take to the skies at a Dorset attraction next month.

The Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster will be flying over The Tank Museum in Bovington, near Wareham, on Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25.

Ticket holders for the upcoming Tankfest will have the chance to see the historic warbirds on selected days, with the Spitfire and Hurricane flying on the Saturday and the Lancaster on the Sunday.

The Spitfire was critical in defeating air attacks during the Battle of Britain, and the classic fighter, the Hurricane, also played an important role in the battle.

The Lancaster bomber was the most successful of the British heavy bombers during the conflict.

The planes will be flying thanks to an RAF initiative called the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which maintains the priceless artefacts and commemorates those who gave their life for their country. 

Head of marketing at The Tank Museum Nik Wyness said: “Tankfest is well-known as an event for military history enthusiasts to see some of the rarest running historic tanks in the world.

“Now we’re giving tank nuts and aviation fans alike the rare opportunity to glimpse these Second World War planes soaring over their armoured vehicle counterparts.

“We’d like to thank the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for sharing another piece of history with our audience and helping us to honour those who fought during the Second World War."