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PUBLISHED: 18:47 29 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:52 29 July 2018
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Organisers of Old Buckenham Airshow praised their pilots after they flew in the “trickiest conditions” the show has ever had.
The airshow, which had displays on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, could only complete half of Sunday’s show after rain and poor flying conditions grounded planes.
Organiser Matt Wilkins said: “We were able to get a good hour of air display in some of the trickiest conditions we have ever had. We were hoping for a total of 12 acts but we got six.
“We are extremely lucky as we have some extraordinarily talented pilots who put on a very good display for the large crowd despite the conditions.
“We spent the entire day watching the weather on about eight different radar systems and talking to pilots all over the country because, although planes may be able to take off at Old Buckenham, they may not be able to land at Duxford.
“We have had to play a balancing act but everything has been very fluid - really relying on the commentators to relay what’s going on.
“The programme we flew had to happen as it happened based on the immediate conditions.”
Despite the cancellations this year’s show featured aerobatics from a scale model of an Extra aerobatic aircraft, along with stalls, displays of classic cars and military vehicles.
Some members of the crowd were not happy after paying for a ticket and only seeing half of the display with many taking to social media to vent their frustrations.
On Saturday, crowds enjoyed blue skies with displays from the Second World War bomber Boeing B-17, Hawker Hurricane and an American P-51 Mustang.
Onlookers were stunned as stunt pilots and wing walker Sarah Niles performed.
Because of the weather, numbers at the airshow were lower than last year, which drew the largest crowd the show had ever seen.
Mr Wilkins added: “I would imagine we were at about 70pc compared to last year but everyone who made it was very faithful and we received nice comments that we were able to get the show going.
“Although we didn’t pass any records this year we will give another go next year and the kudos has to go to the pilots who showed they are some of the best in the world.
“Behind the scenes there has been a great team working on some unbelievable obstacles. Next year we will have to try and pick a weekend with good weather.”
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