Published: 00:00, 18 August 2017
Thousands will descend on Herne Bay tomorrow when the town’s spectacular air show returns with its most impressive line-up to date.
Organisers have arranged for 15 stunning fighter jets to perform – including the world-famous Red Arrows at 6.15pm.
The free event, which last year attracted an estimated 80,000 people, will finish with an eye-catching pyrotechnics show at dusk for the first time.
Senior organiser Gerald McCarthy, from the BayPromoTeam, said: “It is Kent’s biggest one-day event and we are honoured to do this event for the town.
“We are really excited to be able to stage something this big in Herne Bay. In my view this is our most impressive line-up yet.
“Hopefully it will create lasting memories for people. It is astonishing for us to be able to raise the bar this high.”
Two de Havilland Vampire jets are scheduled to perform, along with five vintage warbirds from the Second World War, 10 replica First World War aircraft, 11 aerobatic machines and two helicopters.
The AeroSPARX display team will close the show at dusk, performing with colourful pyrotechnics about two hours after the Red Arrows.
Mr McCarthy said: “The Red Arrows do not usually do three displays in a day, but they have put in a special effort to get to Herne Bay this year.
“They are performing at Biggin Hill and Eastbourne as well and I think more people will be hanging around for longer as they’re performing in the evening.
“We have got more fighter jets than we have ever had before and hopefully people will get to the town nice and early to enjoy it all.”
"We urge people to use public transport as those bringing their vehicles may face long delays..." - Gerald McCarthy
Mr McCarthy says spectators should treat Herne Bay like getting to a live stadium venue on the day of the show, which will also feature the jaw-dropping Eurofighter Typhoon.
He said: “We urge people to use public transport as those bringing their vehicles may face long delays.
"Extra trains and bus services are in place, and although not ideal for all, we don’t want people stuck in traffic and missing all the fun because they’ve decided to bring their vehicles.”
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight remains on the timetable but only one Griffon-powered Spitfire will perform after an engine issue was discovered with the Lancaster and Hurricane.
The Spitfire and Hurricane from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar are also still set to display, with an exciting late addition to the line-up in the shape of the Douglas Dakota C-47.
Organisers say people should not enter the water or go on the sand at low tide – where marked by signs on the beach – between 12.45pm and 6.45pm.
There will be no access to Central Parade from 8pm on Friday, August 18, until 10pm on Sunday, August 20, to allow for the town’s classic car show the next day.
Helium balloons may not be bought or sold at the event and the public should report anyone seen selling such items to stewards or security.
Following changes at the Eastbourne air show and Biggin Hill Festival of Flight, flying display times have been altered from those in the official air show programme.
The 72-page Herne Bay air show programme is still on sale, costing £5. It is available at:
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