Historic Seafire fighter will perform air display at Sandringham Flower Show

A Supermarine Seafire at an air show. Picture: Adrian Pingstone.

A Supermarine Seafire at an air show. Picture: Adrian Pingstone. - Credit: Adrian Pingstone.

A historic fighter aircraft will thunder over the Royal Estate in Norfolk as it performs an aerial display at the Sandringham Flower Show.

The Supermarine Seafire was a variant of the Battle of Britain-winning Spitfire, which could be carried on board aircraft carriers.

The plane winging its way to Sandringham was one of 250 which entered service during the final months of the Second World War.

In early 1945, it took part in Operation Tiderace - Britain's amphibious assault to recapture its former colony of Singapore from the Japanese.

It provided air cover to support troop landings at Rangoon and Malaysia, before the Japanese surrendered Singapore back to British in September.


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After hostilities ended, it served with the French air force, before being retired from the skies in 1949.

After spending time as a static display in a French Museum, it returned to the UK in 1987, where it was loving restored to airworthiness, before flying its first display at Duxford, in Cambridgeshire, in 2015.

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Thousands will see its sleek lines and distinctive elliptical wings as it flies over the flower show on Wednesday, July 26. They will also hear the unmistakable roar of its Merlin engine, which could power it along at up to 350mph.

It tops a bill of main ring entertainment which includes the Harleston-based Bolddogs FMX Motorcyle Display Team, who will perform daring jumps and other stunts.

There will also be displays by the Norfolk Military Vehicle Group and K9 Dog Displays, along with performances by the Norwich Pipe Bank and Busybodies Stage School.

As well as main ring events, Sandringham Park will be filled with displays in a day-long celebration of gardening and outdoor living.

Top nurseries will be showing off their wares in the main marquees, while there will be rural crafts, show gardens, refreshments and a hundreds of stalls.

Gates open around 9am on Wednesday, July 26. There is ample free parking around the site.

Tickets are priced £10 for adults, under-16s free. As well as the flower show, they also include admission to Sandringham Gardens, the museum and church.

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