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 www.kent-airshow.com
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.