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Major attractions at Farnborough Air Show

Crowds at the Farnborough Air Show Credit: PA

Record numbers expected to attend the Farnborough Air Show. Britain's new fighter plane, the F35-B, will perform there after makings its debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo. It is a world leading supersonic jet and part of a massive investment that will lead to 24,000 new jobs in the UK.

Airbus will also fly its brand new passenger plane, the A350. The Dreamliner and A380 Super Jumbo will also feature. The theme of the show will be the 100th anniversary of the Great War with planes from every decade flying.

Record numbers of exhibitors and members of the public will attend this year's Air Show. More planes than ever before, around 100, will be on show and fly. In spite of the poor economy, space is now 98 per cent sold. Around £50 billion of trade is expected during the week.

Battle of the airports over extra runway: Who will win support?

Gatwick Airport
Gatwick plans unveiled Credit: PA Images

Gatwick has unveiled its plans for a second runway. It comes on the heels of Heathrow's announcement today - and its proposals for a third runway - including a sixth terminal.

Gatwick and Heathrow are in a bitter battle to win support for expansion.

Gatwick says a new runway at the airport would create 120,000 new jobs. It confirms that around 400 homes and businesses would be demolished to make way for it.

Flight numbers would rise by 260,000 a year - with an extra 60 million passengers.

Both Heathrow and Gatwick are making formal submissions to the Government's Airport Commission looking into a new south east runway. It has already said either a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow should be built.

Critics say it would cause devastation and unacceptable noise under the flightpath.


"Your carriage awaits"

A collection of vintage horse-drawn vehicles and transport curiosities are on display in Kent. Many were used by the wealthy and famous and some date back to the 17th century. We sent our reporter Nashreen Issa to take a look. She spoke to Samantha Harris from Maidstone Museums.


Sea Cadets encouraged to join the shipping industry

by Mike Pearse

The rapid growth of the south's shipping industry has led to a major shortage of officers to crew the record number of superliners now using ports like Southampton and Portsmouth.

Now our biggest companies are donating hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Sea Cadets to try and get young people interested in a career on the Ocean waves. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Minister promotes UK dairy exports at Oxfordshire farm

Farming Minister visits organic farm in Oxfordshire

Farming Minister, George Eustice has been visiting an organic dairy farm in Oxfordshire which exports cream, milk and cheese.

Step Farm in Faringdon plans to increase its business by 75%. The site is part of a dairy co-operative which exported 40m litres of milk, cheese and cream to European and American markets last year.

The farm belongs to OMSCo (Organic Milk Suppliers' Co-operative) farms, which recently launched Kingdom Cheese, the first European cheese to be certified by the US Department of Agriculture to be sold in the USA.

The Government is working with industry to boost the UK's food and drink exports. The sector is already worth £97 billion a year to the economy.

Kent's Hornby upbeat despite £1.2m loss

A popular toy that is sold by the firm Credit: PA Wire

An iconic toy company based in Kent has reported losses of more than £1 million in the past year.

Hornby have said they remain positive about the future of the company despite the rising debt.

The company's troubles stem from supply chain problems from their railway manufacturer in China and foreign exchange losses.

Excluding the impact of the foreign exchange, Hornby have broken even in the year on the 31st March.

Former Ladbrokes and Dixons director Richard Ames is due to join the group as its new chief executive later this month.

A statement by Hornby said: "The group's plans for the new financial year are well advanced and with the main obstacle to an improved and efficient supply chain out of the way, we expect a gradual improvement in its reliability and quality. As a result we look forward to improved trading next year."

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