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Hollywood and Headcorn don’t usually go hand-in-hand.
Admittedly, they share the same initial, though the similarities end there as the fields of the Kentish countryside seem a million miles from the Californian movie mecca.
But this weekend, the two will be brought together as a Second World War tank, a star of several Hollywood blockbusters, will be in Kent for the very first time.
The Sherman M4 A1 – as seen in Saving Private Ryan with Tom Hanks, Band of Brothers and the latest war film Fury with Brad Pitt – will play an integral part in a military spectacular.
The Combined Ops Military and Air Show, at Headcorn Aerodrome, near Maidstone, will bring over a century of history together for one packed weekend.
Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt may not be on the guest list but the popular military spectacular is returning in its most poignant year yet with the Hollywood-starring tank topping the bill.
It will join a plethora of other military vehicles and vintage aircraft on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17.
“This is a great weekend for all the family and we are delighted to be holding this annual event at Headcorn Aerodrome for the sixth consecutive time,” said event organiser James Baxter.
“The show is full of thrills and dramas, noise and some very famous visitors.”
The Combined Ops will remember the First World War with demonstrations of weapons from the era and a live recreation of a battle. But the Great War isn’t the only conflict remembered at the family show this weekend.
Recreating the D-Day landings on a field in the Weald isn’t easy, but numerous Second World War vehicles – including the Sherman – will give a taste of events from 1944.
In the air and on land, there will be battle re-enactments of the D-Day invasions and a 1940s village on site will remember the atmosphere of civilian life throughout the war.
James added: “Dressing up in wartime clothes and uniform has become a tradition and adds to the great atmosphere of the show.
“We have many of the top wartime groups attending to bring reality to the displays and re-enactments.”
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