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Times and locations to see Goodyear blimp as it arrives in Kent

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Original article from Kent Live

The world famous Goodyear blimp has arrived in Kent.

It will be flying over the county over five days as it returns to the UK for its first visit in a decade.

The iconic airship flew over the Port of Dover at around 11.30am this morning (Saturday, June 26).

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It is due to make several loops of the county before making an appearance at a British Touring Car event at Brands Hatch next weekend.

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Known internationally, the Goodyear Blimp has gained fame for attending and covering at major events.

In this country it was known for its aerial coverage of the most-watched events in sports and entertainment ranging from FA Cup Finals at Wembley to Live Aid.

As it arrived in Dover this morning, the blimp's official social media account thanked the town for the "warm welcome", adding: "Don't forget to wave if you see us."

The blimp is a some 246 feet long – or the same as 17 black cabs end on end – and packed with 297,527 cubic feet of helium.

It usually flies at around 1,000 to 1,500 feet in the air, travelling at a top speed of 73 miles per hour.

The blimp was due to be performing a loop around part of the county on Saturday 26, Sunday 27, Monday 28, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30.

It was said to be flying over Dover and Folkestone, before following the M20 across the county to pass near Ashford, then Maidstone, before finishing in Dartford and returning to Calais each evening.

Each day it's supposed to be setting off from Calais "late morning".

But it may be making detours as social media users spotted it over the Wincheap area of Canterbury at around 12.30pm.

"Goodyear blimp just passed over Canterbury, that was pretty cool!," said Twitter user James McKinven.

Shortly after 1pm, it was spotted over Headcorn Aerodrome.

Some were less impressed by the huge flying object however, as another Twitter user Lucie Bowins detailed.

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