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PUBLISHED: 16:49 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 23 August 2010

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STUNNING aerial views of north Kent have been captured on camera from a Zeppelin airship. Staff from concrete company Fleet Mix, on Crete Hall Road, Gravesend, took a trip on the Stella Artois Star over London airship on Sunday. Trevor Harding, 49, comm

STUNNING aerial views of north Kent have been captured on camera from a Zeppelin airship.

Staff from concrete company Fleet Mix, on Crete Hall Road, Gravesend, took a trip on the Stella Artois Star over London airship on Sunday.

Trevor Harding, 49, commercial manager of Fleet Mix took these photographs from the airship as it flew over north Kent.

The airship, which has been offering trips across London since last month, flies from its base in Upminster in east London and follows the Thames. It has three different routes, flying to Greenwich, Tower Bridge or Westminster.

Mr Harding, who organised the trip, said: "It was an excellent experience. Some of the views we got were absolutely amazing.

"Once we got up into the air we were able to take our seatbelts off and even open a couple of windows and take some pictures.

"You would have thought going up that high would be a bit scary, but I was amazed at how safe it felt - even with floor to ceiling windows. It was really quiet in there too.

"We directed the pilot to take us as much over Gravesend and from where we were we could see for miles - it was fantastic to be able to see where we lived and the views of Fleet Mix and Ebbsfleet United's ground in Northfleet."

The helium filled airship is owned by German company Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik. The 75 metre long airship is the largest commercial airship in the world, bigger than a Boeing 747 and flies between five to 10 flights a day, depending on the weather.

It reaches speeds of between 30 and 40mph, carries up to 12 passengers, plus a pilot and a crew member at a height of 1000ft (300m).

The airship is expected to make its final flight over London today.

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