New Details Released on Grounding of BBMF’s Merlin-Powered Aircraft

New details have been released on the grounding of warbirds operated by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) after the discovery of a “fault” relating to the Merlin engine.

A Ministry of Defence (MOD) investigation has reportedly traced the issue to a pinion gear, a development that will allow for inspections to confirm that the components meet the MOD’s exacting standards.

As previously reported, the discovery of an issue earlier this month led to BBMF implementing a pause on flights of their Merlin-powered aircraft, leaving their upcoming schedule of appearances in doubt.

The MOD reports that the BBMF and industry are “putting all of our efforts into getting these beautiful aircraft safely back in the air as soon as possible” – although it is not known whether the machines will be ready in time for the inaugural Scampton Airshow in early September.

(via RAF and The Lincolnite Photo: Simon Boddy via Wikimedia Commons)