Video and photo gallery: Organisers believe attendance at Old Buckenham Airshow ‘the biggest yet’

PUBLISHED: 08:32 28 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:48 28 July 2014

The RV8tors perform at Old Buckenham Airshow

The RV8tors perform at Old Buckenham Airshow

Organisers believe this year’s Old Buckenham Airshow was the biggest yet as a capacity crowd witnessed displays by vintage aircraft and a new record.

For only the second time in the event’s history, the air displays took place on both the Saturday and Sunday and airshow manager Matt Wilkins said five times more spectators watched this Saturday’s action than the previous Saturday in 2012.

He added a 5,000-strong turnout attended on Sunday, a figure helped by the warm and sunny weather the region has been enjoying.

“I feel we have had our biggest airshow yet. We have had a capacity crowd today and really it has been absolutely exceptional. I feel that we have laid stake to being ‘The Norfolk Airshow,’” Mr Wilkins said.

He also praised the team of volunteers who helped with running the airshow, including the 1986 (Wymondham) Air Cadets squadron, who helped with manning the gates and the car park.

Mr Wilkins said proceeds from the airshow would go to the air cadet squadron.

Centre stage went to two film stars- the Spitfire MH434, a plane famous for its military and Hollywood careers, having appeared in A Bridge Too Far, Battle of Britain and Hope and Glory and sister plane P51 Mustang Ferocious Frankie, which has starred in Saving Private Ryan, Empire of the Sun and Memphis Belle.

The record attempt featured Brendan O’Brien’s Flying Circus attempting to pull off a truck top landing.

However, after Saturday’s initial effort was unsuccessful, the team managed to pull off the stunt on Sunday.

The action started at 10am on both days when there were pleasure flights and trial lessons.

During the afternoon, the air displays took place with performances by a Vans RV8, Yak 52, a Bulldog and The Wildcats display team.

There was also a 1943 Beechcroft Staggerwing flown by Nigel Willson.

Away from the planes, there was a beer festival, displays of military vehicles and children’s activities, including a merry-go-round.


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