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Jut two weeks left until the Spitfire and friends fly at the Old Buckenham Airshow

PUBLISHED: 08:28 15 July 2017

Pilot Brendan O'Brien will bring his Flying Circus to this year's Old Buckenham Airshow. The newest addition to the circus is Otto the helicopter who will be making his East Anglian airshow debut. Picture: O'Brien's Flying Circus

Pilot Brendan O'Brien will bring his Flying Circus to this year's Old Buckenham Airshow. The newest addition to the circus is Otto the helicopter who will be making his East Anglian airshow debut. Picture: O'Brien's Flying Circus

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Where in the world can you see a yo-yoing helicopter, an aeroplane trying to land on a moving truck and more celebrity aircraft than you can possibly imagine? We can’t wait for the Old Buckenham Airshow on July 29-30.

A P-51 Mustang (left) and Spitfire MkIX performs at the Old Buckenham Airshow.  
Photograph Simon Parker A P-51 Mustang (left) and Spitfire MkIX performs at the Old Buckenham Airshow. Photograph Simon Parker

Excitement is well and truly mounting for the annual spectacle that is the Old Buckenham Airshow.

Thousands of tickets have already been sold, VIP seats booked and final preparations are well under way at the south Norfolk airfield.

But this year, will the aerobatics, rare aircraft, champion pilots and famous war birds be overshadowed by a super cute, super speedy and super versatile helicopter? A legend of American airshows, Otto the helicopter is now over here to amuse and delight an European audience in the adventurous hands of Brendan O Brien, himself a legendary display pilot known for conversation-stopping, heart-in-the-mouth, did you really just do that barnstorming-type displays.

Otto is not only the peregrine of the helicopter world for manoeuvrability and sheer flying ability, but he’s an aircraft with a sense of humour too. Watch him spin, swirl, twirl and actually play with a yo-yo in the hands of Brendan O’Brien.

Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air and on the ground. Photo : Steve Adams Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air and on the ground. Photo : Steve Adams

If that’s not enough of Brendan’s flying skills, Brendan will be aiming another of his aircraft at the surprisingly tiny bed of a truck, trying to land as it’s driven along the Old Buckenham runway in front of the crowds.

He tried it before at Old Buckenham a couple of years ago, with somewhat nail biting results, so what will happen this time?

The antics of Otto and Brendan are just part of the fun at this award-winning air show, which last year won the EDP Hoseasons Tourism Awards ‘Family Event of the Year’.

It’s family friendly, dog friendly, child friendly (plus under 12s are free) and has a seriously impressive range of rare aircraft and aerobatic displays throughout the weekend.

Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air and on the ground. Photo : Steve Adams Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air and on the ground. Photo : Steve Adams

This year the line up includes the big four of the airshow world with the iconic Hurricane, world famous Mk. IX Supermarine Spitfire, MH434, the staggeringly impressive P-51 Mustang, and, possibly stealing the weekend, the famous Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Sally B’.

Gathering the Spitfire and Hurricane is impressive enough for an airshow, adding the actual Memphis Belle superstar bomber Sally B and the gut-shaking, roaring P-51 Mustang makes this a stellar show in Norfolk’s calendar.

That’s without the quirkier aircraft from the Yak52 to the Beechcraft Staggerwing and outstanding aerobatics from the likes of the Wildcats and Vans RV8.

However, once again, the ground-based attractions are setting out to rival the action in the air, with hundreds of classic cars, wartime re-enactors and displays, retail and charity stands and stalls, the 453rd Bombardment Group Museum and the new and unique 8th
Airforce Gallery, quality reasonably priced food, Hangar Dance, funfair, good beer from the Attack and Destroy bar, a relaxed, feel good atmosphere - and even a jewellery workshop with Katie Sparkles too.

Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air and on the ground. Photo : Steve Adams Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air and on the ground. Photo : Steve Adams

The Old Buckenham Airshow is also the chance to hop in the cockpit of Sim Fly and fly any plane, anywhere. It’s a unique flying simulator that for the airshow weekend will let you recreate the battles of WWII with you at the controls.

It’s a chance to find out just how tricky flying can be!

Old Buckenham Airshow, July 29-30 2017, Visit www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk for information and advance tickets - children under 12 are free.

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