Model air show set to take to South Norfolk skies at Tibenham Airfield

James Ladell with his quarter scale YAK 130 Russian Jet with a 2.4m wing span. picture: LMA

James Ladell with his quarter scale YAK 130 Russian Jet with a 2.4m wing span. picture: LMA - Credit: Archant

It may not boast the giants of the aviation world but, as many conventional air shows cease to run, one model air show is soaring to new heights.

LMA Chairmen Dave Johnson with a 20pc scale model Avro Vulcan jet with a seven metre wingspan. pictu

LMA Chairmen Dave Johnson with a 20pc scale model Avro Vulcan jet with a seven metre wingspan. picture LMA - Credit: Archant

The Large Model Association is returning to Tibenham Airfield next month for what promises to be some of the best model air displays in the country.

On Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, visitors to the South Norfolk airfield will be able to see pilots fly model aircraft made with such attention to detail that one could be forgiven for thinking they were watching the real thing.

The large models, which due to their size and weight must adhere to the same Civil Aviation Authority standards as real planes, range in size from wingspans of 2metres to over 7metres in length.

Jet plane models run on A1 jet fuel, the same as the real thing. They even sound the same, with engines idling at 30,000rpm and increasing to 126,000rpm when flying.


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James Ladell, of Weston Market, near Diss, head of public relations for the Large Model Association, said: 'If a real plane can do it, then one of our models can too. In fact, we can do more than a real plane.

'Until you've seen it, you don't realise how good it is.'

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Pilots will be flying their models throughout the weekend, performing acrobatics and taking spectators through the history of aviation.

Starting with a model of Louis Bleriot's plane, which was the first to cross the English Channel, models of First and Second World War planes will take to the skies followed by jet and passenger planes.

Spectators and visitors will also be able to visit trade and craft stalls, meet the model owners, builders and find out what is involved in building large model plane.

The show runs from 10am to 5pm each day.

Admission is £10 for adults and free for children under the age of 16.

On-site camping will also be available over the weekend. Camping tickets are £40 in advance and £45 on the gate.

Full catering, a bar, shower and toilet facilities will be available on the campsite.

For more information, email chairman@largemodelassociation.com

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