SpitfireChatham Historic Dockyard Trust is delighted to announce that The Spirit of Kent Spitfire from Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar will be making appearances at Salute to the ‘40s on 21st and 22nd September at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

The ‘Spirit of Kent’ will perform a 20 minute display at 14:30 on both days at this year’s fundraising Wartime weekend, which will be able to be viewed across the site. The impressive air display will have full commentary by Robin Brooks, from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, accompanied by classic theme tunes.

The Pilot is Dan Griffith who is the Chief Pilot for the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar and an ex-RAF Pilot with many hours to his credit; he also has an honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering gained at London University. During his RAF service he flew Harriers and on an exchange course with the United States Air Force flew the Falcon, Eagle, Tomcat, Hornet, Galaxy and many more.

Dan is well known on the air display circuit, and in addition to the Spitfire and Hurricane in the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, also flies the Mustang, Sea Vixen, Meteor, Vampire, Canberra and Sopwith Pup. Visitors to the event are in for a real treat!

The thousands of children evacuated during the Blitz will be remembered through the ‘Escape to the Country’ theme the event has this year. Members of the Evacuee Reunion Association will be attending to share their personal experiences and the local Three Towns Theatre Group will lead schools of children, each with their brown name tags, small suitcases and gas mask boxes, singing their hearts out as they make their way through the site and singing ‘We Are Going To The Country’. Code-breaking family activities and signalling also provide additional educational elements.

The best in 1940’s music and entertainment, including Britain’s three leading female performers, Vintage Fairs, fashion, Home Front re-enactors and civilian displays, a spectacular 1940s Village, vintage vehicles, military encampments, Spitfire and Hurricane replicas on the ground, the dockyard’s own WW2 Destroyer HMS CAVALIER, all indicate why it is now recognised as Britain’s most entertaining 1940s’ Home Front event! Add to all this the opportunity to pre-book a Vintage Afternoon Tea in Commissioner’s House plus all the galleries, ships and attractions of The Historic Dockyard and it is easy to see how the whole family will be entertained at Salute to the ‘40s 2013.

Tickets are now on sale with discounts for advanced purchases and Dockyard 12 month ticket holders. Two-day tickets are also available. For full details and to buy tickets in advance go to http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/salutetothe40s or call the Ticket Hotline on 01634 823826.

Salute to the ‘40s is supported by BAE Systems, Best of British Magazine, Kent Messenger Group and Dobbies.

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