Iconic warbird the Hurricane will join the Spitfire at the Old Buckenham Airshow

The Hurricane will make a flying visit to the Old Buckenham Airshow. Picture: Richard Paver

The Hurricane will make a flying visit to the Old Buckenham Airshow. Picture: Richard Paver - Credit: Archant

One of the region's biggest events is to welcome a world-famous act which is sure to thrill the crowds.

The Spitfire was a crowd-pleaser at the Old Buckenham Airshow in 2016. Photo : Steve Adams

The Spitfire was a crowd-pleaser at the Old Buckenham Airshow in 2016. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

For the first time in more than a decade a Hawker Hurricane will take to the skies over south Norfolk in the summer for the Old Buckenham Airshow.

The warbird accounted for 60pc of the RAF's airborne victories during the Second World War and achieved legendary status for its role in the Battle of Britain along with the Spitfire.

And fittingly, a Spitfire will return to the show for a record sixth time – as was announced last year.

Organisers of the airshow, of which the Eastern Daily Press is a media partner, are hoping the inclusion of the two legendary British war planes will see the event set another record-breaking two days after 5,000 people attended last year's show.


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Matt Wilkins, airshow organiser, said: 'We set the bar very high with last year's display. Somehow we seem to be on track to do even better with the presence of both Spitfire and Hurricane in an afternoon, a feat not achieved at Old Buckenham for over a decade.'

The show, which won Family Tourism Event of the Year Award at the 2016 EDP Tourism Awards, has also formed an alliance with executive helicopter operators Turweston which will allow visitors to take rides in a Bell Jetranger and see views of the county's countryside.

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Extra and the Model – an aerobatic plane which completes stunts alongside a 41pc scale model – is also set to return. Mr Wilkins added: 'We're also working hard to keep the entertainment for visitors at last year's award-winning level; our new relationship with Turweston Helicopters means that we can now offer the best possible pleasure flight, working with the most professional helicopter company in the UK.'

And aside from the air displays, there will be a vast range of things to see and do on the ground including tank rides.

The airshow is on July 29 and 30. For more information visit http://www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk/

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