Monday, June 05, 2006

All Wrapped Up

Visitors to this year's Kent Air Show Margate will have a rare opportunity to see the Eurofighter Typhoon, the next generation of fighter aircraft. The new Typhoon is the world's most advanced multi-role combat aircraft and is already in service in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain

Designed to be at the heart of aerial defence in Europe for the next 30 years, the Typhoon is the latest addition to the RAF's frontline. Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said: "To have the Eurofighter Typhoon appearing at the Kent Air Show Margate is a major coup for us. There's nowhere else in Kent that you'll be able to see its spectacular full display and it promises to be one of the major highlights of the weekend, as it's so manoeuvrable and powerful."

The Kent Air Show Margate takes place over Father's Day weekend of 17th and 18th June at Palm Bay in Cliftonville, with a full afternoon of air displays on both days from midday until 5.30 p.m. Other highlights include the world famous Red Arrows, fast jets, fighters and vintage World War II aircraft, while on the ground, activities include the Hercules / Nimrod simulator, the closest thing to being in a real jet, unarmed combat displays by the Royal Marines Commandos and the RAF Police Dog Display Team.

Tickets are £7.50 in advance and £10 on the day. Seven to 16 year olds pay just £3 in advance and £4 on the day. Children under the age of seven will be admitted free of charge and must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are now on sale at the Winter Gardens Box Office on 01843 292795 or 296111 or online at

Ed: That was the press release but don't start me on the Eurofighter Typhoon, a Euro-project and horrendous waste of money £2.3bn over budget, which arrived late and just in time for a world that needs a different kind of first line fighter. Very pretty and fast but not much use to us in a changing world where the other side is wrapped in a bedsheet and doesn't have an air force.


Anonymous said...

anon again!

2.5 BILLION over? Beginning to sound like the Turner Contemporary.

James Maskell said...

2.5 billion is nothing compared to the over run of the new IT system for the could cost as much as 20 billion pounds! If this is just for the health service, just think how much the IT system for the ID Cards system will cost, which links to more than just the Home Office!

Lucy Mail said...

Perhaps you SHOULD be concerned about about personal attacks on your 'character', if you're going to describe a whole culture as 'people wrapped in bedsheets'!
Deary me, you are a one!

DrMoores said...

A figure of speech dear unless you wish me to describe Al Qaeda as foreign religious looking gentlemen in white thobes?

Anonymous said...

For another great day out - the weekend before the Thanet Air Show - I recommend this Saturday's PICNIC IN THE PARK in Canterbury. Yes I know that's not Thanet, but this is a truly East Kent (and beyond) event.

It takes place between 12.00 and 18.00 in the Dane John Gardens and is a great celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life and culture. It is open to everyone and its objective is to raise awareness and understanding of LGBT issues, and to increase the community focus in East Kent.

The website is Enjoy the day.

Lucy Mail said...

You get frowned upon for wearing a bedsheet here, mate.
Though you may get away with it if you don't go too much over budget.
Does the LGBT have its own air forces?
If not, I think you may be flogging a dead horse.
Still, you have pride and that may earn you a few Brownie points.
Good luck with your picnic.