Old Buckenham Airshow 2017: Thousands gather for aviation spectacle
- Credit: Mark Bullimore/Mark Bullimore Photography 2017
With a host of iconic wartime aircraft taking to the skies, Old Buckenham Airshow proved this weekend why it is one of the region's most popular events.
Thousands gathered at Old Buckenham Airfield to catch the familiar sights of rare aircraft, aerobatic displays and to take part in the numerous on the ground activities. The crowds were treated to a spectacular aerial display on Saturday, July 29 which included a Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire MH434 and North American P51D Mustang dubbed 'The Shark'. But stealing the show on Sunday, July 30, was the last airworthy Boeing B-17 'Sally B'.
The former wartime base transformed into a funfair packed with activities for the family - including classic cars displays, wartime re-enactors, a Hangar Dance, as well as stalls, food and drink.
Hazel Murrell, from Bury St Edmunds, brought her daughters, Emily and Annabel, to the airshow for a fun family day out.
She said: 'We went to Duxford last year and always try and do different things with the girls during the holidays.
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'We like watching all the planes but Sally B especially, as the B17 has such strong links to Rougham Airfield, close to where we live.'
Becky Adair travelled from King's Lynn to join the show for the first time with her husband, Archie Adair, and their four children - Charlee, Megan, Lauren and Archie.
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Mrs Adair said: 'So far, the opportunity to ride the tank has been enjoyable along with the stunt plane successfully landing on a 'mobile airport', the atmosphere is just amazing.
'The husband and the children are enjoying the day out.'
Yesterday an array of aircrafts were roaring across the sky, including a Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire MH434 and North American P51D Mustang called 'The Shark'.
Organisers tweeted on Saturday morning of a minor brake issue with the Staggerwing aircraft which subsequently did not take part in the airshow, although it could still be seen on ground.
However visitors were in for a treat as the faulty aircraft was replaced with the Messerschmitt ME108, which organisers described as a 'rare beast'.
The former wartime base has been transformed into a funfair packed with activities for the family - including classic cars displays, wartime re-enactors, the 453rd Bombardment Group Museum and the new 8th Airforce Gallery, a Hangar Dance, as well as stalls, food and drink.
Visitors can even take to the air in flying lessons with an experienced pilot, taking control of a WWII trainer, a 1942 US Boeing Stearman Biplane.
For those wanting to stay firmly on the ground can still take to the sky on the Sim Fly - a simulator which lets you fly any plane, anytime, anywhere.