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RAF aircraft in return to Clacton air show line-up after four years

PUBLISHED: 07:55 26 April 2016 | UPDATED: 07:55 26 April 2016

Red Arrows at Clacton Airshow

Red Arrows at Clacton Airshow

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A twin engine turboprop monoplane which last appeared at an Essex air show four years ago is making a comeback.

The Beech King Air B200, which first entered RAF service in 2004, flew at the Clacton Airshow in 2012 and is returning to the line-up at this year’s event - running from August 25 to August 26.

The aircraft is used as an advanced, multi-engine pilot trainer and is based at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

Students learn general handling, asymmetric flying, emergency handling and radio aids navigation as part of basic phase training. They then move on to formation flying, low-level flying and airways navigation.

The aircraft is capable of carrying up to six passengers or freight and has proved popular with both instructors and students alike.

It will take to the skies alongside the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) – the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster – to mark the 25th year of flying at Clacton.

Tendring District Council cabinet member for leisure, tourism and events, Mick Skeels, said that although the airshow is some four months off, it is important to put together a strong line-up as quickly as possible.

“The team that sits behind the event always works very hard to arrange an exciting, varied mix of aircraft and displays – and this year will be no different,” he said.

“We are always looking to attract record crowds and with the number of air shows around the country likely to be reduced due to new CAA regulations following Shoreham, we hope that new flight fans will make the trip to the Tendring coast.

“As it is a special occasion – the 25th year of flying – we want to make sure it will be a show to remember for all our residents and visitors.”

For more information about Clacton Airshow, visit their website

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