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Goodyear Blimp flies over Kent again ahead of appearance at British Touring Car Championships at Brands Hatch


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The Goodyear Blimp is flying through the county's skies again this morning.

The world-renowned airship took off from Calais this morning and flew up over Dover, Chilham, Wormshill, Hempstead, Medway City Estate, Higham, Gravesend and over into Essex.

The blimp above Medway

The Goodyear Blimp is an icon all over the world and regularly travels to key motorsport events, as well other big sport and entertainment events, ranging from FA Cup Finals at Wembley to Live Aid.

Wherever it goes, it creates a stir and plenty of our readers and kmfm listeners were quick to share their photos on our social media pages.

People posted pictures from Dover to Gravesend and numerous spots in between, delighted to have seen the airship in flight.

However one person was left disappointed. Wendy Yates posted: "Yes saw it over Capstone Park...actually got a video OR so I thought – videoed the inside of my bag instead .. Doh!!"

Sue Isles took this photo over Dover at 8am
Sue Isles took this photo over Dover at 8am
Craig Levy photographed the Goodyear blimp over Borden, near Sittingbourne
Craig Levy photographed the Goodyear blimp over Borden, near Sittingbourne
Matt Micallef saw the Goodyear blimp over Rainham at 9am
Matt Micallef saw the Goodyear blimp over Rainham at 9am
Debra Hawkes spotted it over Rainham at 9am
Debra Hawkes spotted it over Rainham at 9am
This was taken over Kent Online's office on the Medway City Estate, Strood, at about 9.15am
This was taken over Kent Online's office on the Medway City Estate, Strood, at about 9.15am
Roxanne King took this one over Cliffe Road, Strood, just after 9am
Roxanne King took this one over Cliffe Road, Strood, just after 9am
The Goodyear blimp flies above Medway. This was taken from the Medway City Estate, Strood, looking over to Rochester at about 9.15am
The Goodyear blimp flies above Medway. This was taken from the Medway City Estate, Strood, looking over to Rochester at about 9.15am

It comes after it was spotted above the county on Monday.

The blimp is soaring over the London skyline this week before heading to Brands Hatch to catch all the action at the British Touring Car Championships (BTCC) over the weekend.

From there it will provide aerial footage of the BTCC race being broadcast on ITV4 and ITV1.

Last year the blimp returned to the UK for the first time in over 10 years to much fanfare.

It is 246 feet long – or the same as almost 17 black cabs lengthways – and is packed with 297,527 cubic feet of helium.

The airship usually flies at around 1,000 to 1,500 feet in the air, and travels at a top speed of 73 miles per hour – as fast as a Category 1 hurricane.

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