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Old Buckenham airfield sold to Geoffrey Lynch OBE

PUBLISHED: 09:16 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:17 02 July 2013

Spitfire MH434 flashes past a Union Flag at the Old Buckenham Airshow. Photograph Simon Parker

Spitfire MH434 flashes past a Union Flag at the Old Buckenham Airshow. Photograph Simon Parker

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A south Norfolk airfield has been sold to a local aviation enthusiast.

Old Buckenham airfield was yesterday sold to aviation enthusiast Geoffrey Lynch OBE, who lives in Suffolk.

The deal, brokered by the airfield manager, Matt Wilkins, will continue to see the airfield run by Touchdown Aero Centre Ltd, which holds a CAA Aerodrome Licence.

Events such as the Old Buckenham Airshow and Military Revival will benefit from the news, with planning already started on Airshow 2014 following June’s event.

Mr Lynch said: “I am a great admirer of all of the fantastic work that Matt Wilkins has done in order to turn around the fortunes of Old Buckenham and look forward to maintaining its reputation as the finest airfield in East Anglia.”

The airfield was owned by a property investment firm for the past two and a half years but was managed by Mr Wilkins.

He said: “I am delighted to be able to announce this deal, which will give Old Buckenham long-term stability and a guaranteed future, ensuring that the last two years of work in keeping the airfield running after a period of difficulty have been ultimately successful.

“Under Geoffrey’s ownership the ambitious plans to improve the airfield in myriad ways can now be put into action.

“The airfield is in great fiscal shape. Our hangars are at full occupancy – we have 25 based here.

“We have also got a few dozen companies based at the airfield, too.

“The place has been revitalised, it is what I have been working on for the past couple of years. I have been running it on behalf of a large property portfolio.”

The former RAF base was built in 1942 for the United States Army Air Forces.

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