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PUBLISHED: 15:47 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:32 12 August 2010
FIGHTERJETS soared above thousands of spectators who turned out in their droves to watch the world s most famous airshow.
FIGHTERJETS soared above thousands of spectators who turned out in their droves to watch the world's most famous airshow.
Some 110,000 people visited Biggin Hill's historic battlefield last Saturday and Sunday to watch dozens of tricks and displays by dare-devil pilots.
The Avro Vulcan V-Bomber rocketed through the air on Saturday while on Sunday RAF aerobatics crew the Red Arrows flew in formation either side of a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747.
Spectator Nasseem Maleki, 26, from Islington travelled to the event with her boyfriend Simon Lewis, 29. She said: "It was the first time I had been to the show. It was an excellent day out. Although the £20 entry fee is a lot of money I think it was well worth it. The highlight of the day for me was seeing the Red Arrows and the European Fighter jet which was an incredible piece of engineering."
Promoter Simon Ames said: "All nine members of the Red Arrows were involved. It was fantastic. Everyone very much enjoyed themselves. We had two very safe and very entertaining days of flying." Mr Ames promised there would be an even better show next year in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
He added: "Biggin Hill played huge role in the defence of London and the UK during the Battle of Britain and we will be marking that in a very fulsome way next year."
Last Friday, 1,200 youngsters from across the South-East were given a sneak preview of the event as Biggin Hill was opened up for a youth day. It aimed to give them an insight in to careers working in the Army, Navy, Marines, RAF, Police, Fire and Ambulance services.
Children from 15 Bromley schools attended and had the opportunity to sample the latest equipment on site and talk to careers experts from the military, community and emergency services.
Major Phil Packer made a surprise visit to the event, meeting the young people and giving a talk about his experiences. He suffered a spinal cord injury in February 2008 whilst serving in Iraq, and has recently completed the London Marathon, rowed the English Channel and hoisted himself to the summit of the 1,800ft El Captain mountain in California using just his arms.
The Red Arrows flew in especially to meet and talk to the youngsters. It was a homecoming for team member and former St Olave's pupil Flight Lieutenant Mike Ling, who flew as Red 7 this year.
Police Constable Tim Garlick from the Darwin Safer Neighbourhood Team said "This event is unique to Biggin Hill and couldn't happen without the fantastic support of all partners and the armed forces.
"It really was a day to remember.
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