The Royal Air Force considers the Battle of Britain fought over Britain between the 10th July and 31st October 1940, as the most important event in its history.
The Battle of Britain was so called after prime minister, at the time Winston Churchill said in the House of Commons: "The Battle of France is over. I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin..."
The Royal Air Force Museum, built on the site of the old Hendon Aerodrome in London's suburb of Hendon, announced plans to build a beacon that would be a huge, landscape-dominating structure housing a permanent exhibition of aircraft, archives and memorabilia on the Battle of Britain and preserved "for the education of future generations".
Peter Dye, the museum's director general, spoke to Flightglobal following the announcement of the intention to erect the Beacon, and said that he was hopeful that residents would not block planning permission and that the structure and exhibition could open in time for the event's 75th anniversary.
See this video interview with him and find out the importance for the Beacon.