Super Sally B heads to Old Buckenham to be star of airshow

Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air on on the ground. Bo

Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air on on the ground. Boeing B-17 "Sally B" Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Sally B, the actual four-engined Memphis Belle from the Hollywood Blockbuster of the same name, was a major coup for the airshow last summer.

Plenty to see on the ground too at Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 Photo : Steve Adams

Plenty to see on the ground too at Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

So it's almost unbelievable that she's again heading to the skies above Old Buckenham for the world famous airshow on July 29-30.

What's more, also entertaining the crowds that weekend will be fellow big boys of the air display world - with the Mustang, Spitfire and Hurricane set to show off their style.

Old Buckenham waited for ten long years to get a four-engined bomber to the airshow skies - and finally made everyone's hopes come true last year.

A phenomenal piece of history and an awesome flying spectacle in her own right, B-17 Sally B completely stole the show. The sight of such an evocative symbol of the wartime servicemen of the United States in the skies above the south Norfolk airfield left barely a dry eye in the crowd, says airfield manager Matt Wilkins. He was determined to make it happen again.

One of the pilots at last year's record breaking Old Buckenham Airshow Photo : Steve Adams

One of the pilots at last year's record breaking Old Buckenham Airshow Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams


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'We're very glad we don't have to wait another ten years. Sally B will display on Airshow Sunday,' he says.

He points out that it's rather fitting to have her back at a place created for an American four-engined bomb group.

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While Old Buckenham was a wartime base to B-24's, the B-17 would have been a familiar sight in the skies during the war.

She is the only four engined WWII US bomber flying in Europe. The time, effort and money to keep a 'Castle in the Sky' flying is a feat which anyone would find impossible, he says.

The Mark IX Spitfire MH434, heading to Old Buck. Picture submitted

The Mark IX Spitfire MH434, heading to Old Buck. Picture submitted - Credit: Archant

But Sally B's keeper, Elly Sallingboe, doesn't accept impossible, adds Matt.

'For four decades Elly (for whom Sally is named) and her small team have managed to keep this icon flying. Keeping a 25 tonne, 4,800 horsepower, four engined, 287mph fortress in the air is impossible, yet Elly and her Duxford-based team have kept Sally in the air and stealing the show for over 40 years.'

As if Sally B roaring overhead isn't enough, the weekend also boasts three more huge names with the Mustang, Spitfire and Hurricane heading to the show.

It adds up to a stellar line-up of aircraft and on-ground attractions for the well-known and loved airshow – an airshow that keeps on breaking records, adds Matt.

'This is the greatest line up of aircraft we have ever had.

'Getting the Hurricane is fantastic; getting the Hurricane, the Spitfire, the Mustang and Sally B – we are getting better and better,' says Matt.

The 'Family Event of the Year' winners at the EDP Hoseasons Tourism Awards in 2016, admission to children under 12 is free. The weekend also includes amazing aerobatics from some of the best pilots in the world and appearances from all manner of aircraft, new and old, big and small, plus a host of attractions on the ground.

These range from hundreds of classic cars to military vehicles, big bands, gourmet food, pleasure flights, children's entertainment and all manner of stands and stalls.

With VIP tickets almost sold out and pre ticket sales breaking even last year's records, book your tickets now.

Old Buckenham Airshow, July 29-30. Tickets from £12 – and children under 12 go free. oldbuckenhamairshow.co.ukThousands of people support the work of Sally B so she can continue to fly and honour those US servicemen, inspiring and educating a new generation of appreciators. Find out more about Sally B and the appeal, which keeps her in the air, at sallyb.org.uk

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