101 light aircraft to make charity fly in at Manston in aid of the Martha Trust

101 light aircraft will make the fly in Image by Annette Leenheer

A fly-in of some 101 light aircraft will take place at Manston this weekend.

The Kent Strut event is in aid of the Martha Trust charity which provides residential care and respite in east Kent for profoundly disabled people and their families.

The Kent Strut branch of the Light Aircraft Association says the site is ideal as it has a 3km long hard runway, large grass parking and monster taxiways.

Polar Helicopters which man the radio (air ground) will handle radio ops on the day.

Manston airport general manager Gary Blake said: “We are expecting the first aircraft at 9am and the busiest period looks to be between 10am and 1pm.

“With 101 aircraft it has already exceeded our expectations and should be an interesting day.”

The fly-in will be taking place on Sunday, May 28.

The RAF Manston History Museum, which the Kent strut has formed a relationship with, will also be holding a three-day re-enactment event this bank holiday weekend.

Visitors will be able to see vehicles, troops and how their daily living would have been during years of conflict.

The event takes place on May 27-29, open 10am to 4pm.

Entry to the museum and event is adults £5.50, concession £4.50, children aged 5 and above £2.50.

RAF Manston History Museum and neighbouring Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum are on Manston Road, Ramsgate.

Martha Trust is a registered charity that provides residential and respite care for people with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities. The charity has three sites with one of those in Hacklinge near Deal.

To find out more about the work at Martha Trust call 01304 615223 or email contact@marthatrust.org.uk