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Thousands Attend Festival Of Flight Event

More than 30 thousand people are expected to turn out for this weekend's Festival of Flight at Biggin Hill airport.

More than 30,000 people attended this weekend's Festival of Flight at Biggin Hill airport.

The show in Kent saw performances from the Flying Circus Wingwalkers and the Royal Air Force's Red Arrows.

This year it's commemorating 100 years of the RAF with a Spitfire flypast.

Seventy-eight years ago the aircraft defended Biggin Hill during what's become known as the 'Hardest Day' – the fiercest day of fighting during the Battle of Britain in 1940 - the festival is recreating that day at the airshow.

Dan Griffith, Chief Pilot, from the Heritage Hangar Biggin Hill, describes how the reenactment will take place:

The Red Arrows aerobatic display team took much of the attention of the crowds at the event.

In the centenary year of the RAF they've already flown at more than 30 air shows and events in 2018. 

Flight Lieutenant Mark Masters, Red Arrows Pilot, says "It's been a fantastic season so far."

"At the end of each show we have a special RAF centenary flypast that we try and do, so if we've got enough fuel and smoke - as well as the weather being right, we can do our special 100 flypast," he added.  

Festival of Flight

The event saw the legendary Spitfire and Hurricane fighters take flight alongside an Avro Lancaster Bomber from the Battle of Britain.

Visitors then had the chance to watch nervously as the Flying Circus Wingwalkers stood on their aircraft as they flew in the sky.

There was also a rare showing of a Bristol Blenheim Light Bomber.

As well as recreating the fiercest day of fighting during the Battle of Britain, the organisers were hoping to attract more young people into aviation.

Colin Hitchin, Event Director, said:

"We're trying to inspire young engineers. 

"We are a growth industry at Biggin Hill and we want to make sure we can give good local jobs to good local people."