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Giants fly in for Battle of Britain air show

A400M aircraft
The A400M is the RAF's new transport aircraft

Giants of the aviation world will be flying in to Cotswold Airport for the Battle of Britain Air Show.

The event at Kemble, on September 18 and 19, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the world famous Second World War fight for aerial supremacy above UK shores.

There's also an opportunity for adventurous visitors to take to the skies - flying with a skilled ex-military flying instructor and re-enacting a battle sequence similar to those that World War Two pilots went through.

Appearing alongside classic aircraft from the period, including the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster, will be the world's largest passenger aircraft, the A380 Airbus, and the RAF's new transport aircraft, the A400M.

The 300-tonne double-decker Airbus can carry 525 people. The A400M will ultimately replace the Lockheed C-130 Hercules series.

Pretty unusual

Show organiser Glen Moreman said: "The show will be largely centred on the aircraft of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

"However, to secure the A380 and the A400M for this show is a real coup, as it is pretty unusual for aircraft of that size to display at such events.

"It will be great to see the A400M, which is the future shape of military transport, so there will be a nice contrast of old and new."

Other aircraft due to appear include a Tiger Moth display team, a Hawker Hunter T7, a Jet Provost T3, Antonov AN2 (the world's biggest single-engined bi-plane) and a Douglas DC3 wartime transport aircraft that most probably flew from Kemble during 1944.

There will also be trade stands, vintage vehicles, re-enactment exhibitions and military vehicles.

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