Old Buckenham Airshow is promising to be the biggest so far
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It's time to get our tickets - the countdown to wheels off for the airshow adored by aircraft enthusiasts and families alike has begun.
In just two weeks time the skies above south Norfolk will be filled with vintage aircraft, famous aircraft, aerobatics and some of the quirkiest flying machines around today.
The Old Buckenham Airshow on July 28-29 is the biggest yet with everything from a nuclear missile and tank rides to the chance to fly a helicopter, watch battle re-enactments, get close to all manner of military hardware and admire some of the sleekest, shiniest and rarest classic and vintage cars and motorbikes in Britain.
The air display at the Old Buckenham Airshow is renowned for its action-packed programme featuring some of the most exciting aircraft flown by some of the best pilots in the world.
With 28 acts in the line up, it's full of crowd-pleasing favourites from a wing walker, Mustang, Spitfire and Hurricane to the Beechcraft Staggerwing and Sally B, the superstar beast Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress, it brings a good sprinkling of the new, fun and unique too.
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This year the show on July 28 and 29 will also feature aerobatics from a 41 per cent scale model of an Extra Aerobatic Aircraft, performing in an exceptional double act with the full size aircraft.
Look out too for the original magnificent men in their flying machines with a display of triplanes and other vintage craft from the truly remarkable Great War Display Team.
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There will be a world first at the Old Buckenham Airshow too when pilot Richard Ellingworth makes his first ever display appearance, bringing the effortlessly elegant Fairchild Argus to the skies.
A rare element of 1930's glamour; the Fairchild Argus was used for everything from transporting Hollywood Legends to some serious hard work in the Second World War, helped considerably by its ability for super short take offs and landings on all manner of terrain.
The aerobatic line-up includes the high jinks and top precision flying of Norfolk's Wildcat Aerobatics, the nifty Yak 52 being flung around the sky by Nigel Willson, Matt Summers RV8, and the remarkable and tiny Turbulent Team, a squad of four single seat low-powered Turbulents known for particularly exciting party tricks involving limbo, balloon popping and a fair amount of flour.
Airshow organiser Matt Wilkins says: 'We're overwhelmed with the level of interest and ticket sales already; well in excess of last year's record breaking sell out.
'Being able to announce the biggest air display weekend ever at the airfield is one thing, but for us to be the venue for Richard Ellingworth's first display; the start of a new and exciting initiative by the CAA which will help guarantee the future of airshows, is a piece of history in itself.'
While there are several hours of flying to enjoy, there is absolutely masses of family fun on the ground too.
There's the much loved Attack and Destroy Bar with its range of ales, proper ice cream at genuinely family-friendly prices, and a festival of flavours with something for everyone in the food village, plus stalls and stands to browse too.
Look out for an evocative re-enactment of the World War Two liberation of a Normandy Barn, for two airfield museums and for possibly the biggest display of classic vehicles and military machinery seen at Old Buckenham yet – and this has long been an airshow loved as much for its on the ground exhibits as the entertaining air displays.
Tickets in advance from £12 adults, £6 youngsters 12-16, under 12s are free. Tickets on the gate from £15 adults, £8 youngsters 12-16, under 12s free. Gates open at 10am both days. www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk