Kent

Capel-le-Fern WW1 fly-past disrupted by strong winds

  • 12 August 2014
  • From the section Kent
Bleriot biplane
Image caption Strong winds prevented the replica Bleriot biplanes from flying

A fly-past to commemorate 100 years since the first WW1 aerial deployment has been disrupted by the weather.

A WW1 Bleriot replica biplane has been unable to fly because of the strength of the winds, the RAF said.

The biplane had made the journey to Headcorn airfield in Kent in preparation for the fly-past with a RAF Tornado jet.

The Tornado flew over the coast to mark the anniversary of the Royal Flying Corps Squadrons' deployment.

The event was first scheduled to take place on Monday, but strong winds and rain forced the postponement.

Stephen Slater, a Bleriot pilot, said: "In gusty conditions like we have today it's like flying a kite."

The Tornado fly-past came ahead of a special memorial flight from Dover on Wednesday to mark 100 years to the day since the Royal Flying Corps landed at its base in Amiens, France.

It is hoped the biplanes will take to the air on Wednesday.

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