Old Buckenham Airshow hoping for another record-breaking year as new acts announced

The P-51 Mustang known as The Shark will be heading to the Old Buckenham Airshow in July. Picture: E

The P-51 Mustang known as The Shark will be heading to the Old Buckenham Airshow in July. Picture: Eirik Ostensjo - Credit: Archant

After 2016's record-breaking Old Buckenham Airshow, organisers are pulling out all the stops to make this year's event the best one yet.

Respected pilot Rod Dean will be at the Old Buckenham Airshow in July. Picture: Rod Dean

Respected pilot Rod Dean will be at the Old Buckenham Airshow in July. Picture: Rod Dean - Credit: Archant

A rare new addition to the line-up has been announced and is sure to be a treat for aircraft enthusiasts.

The much-loved P-51 Mustang - known as The Shark - will be flying above the south Norfolk skies on both days this summer.

Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air on on the ground. Ph

Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air on on the ground. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams


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Operated by the Norwegian Flying Academy, The Shark gets its name from the distinctive paint scheme to its nose.

The plane, often described as the American Spitfire, was built in 1945 and believed to be used by the United States Army Air Force for training. It is the only Mustang in RAF livery.

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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

Another aviation icon will be making a welcome return to the airshow - respected and experienced pilot Rod Dean.

Mr Dean spent 21 years in the RAF and became an expert in an array of fighter and bomber jets.

Since 1984 he has displayed just about every type of aircraft including the Spitfire, Mustang and Hurricane and he will also be appearing on both July 29 and 30.

Pilot Brendan O'Brien will bring his Flying Circus to this year's Old Buckenham Airshow. The newest

Pilot Brendan O'Brien will bring his Flying Circus to this year's Old Buckenham Airshow. The newest addition to the circus is Otto the helicopter who will be making his East Anglian airshow debut. Picture: O'Brien's Flying Circus - Credit: Archant

The two acts join the other confirmed acts which include a Hawker Hurricane, a spitfire and the surprise hit act of last year's show, Extra and the Model – an aerobatic plane which completes stunts alongside a 41pc scale model.

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Pilot Brendan O'Brien and his Flying Circus team, which includes his helicopter Otto, which has a yoyo attached to it, will also be attending.

Last year the airshow, of which the Eastern Daily Press is a media partner, was a record-breaker with 5,000 visitors over the two days.

Aside from the air displays, there will be tank rides, virtual flying experiences offered by Sim-Fly and a wide range of refreshments.

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Airshow organiser Matt Wilkins said: 'This year is shaping up to be the best yet for Old Buckenham.

'The Shark is an extraordinary aircraft and the preserve of the largest airshows. Rod Dean can truly be described as the grandmaster of modern aviation and our enhancements on the ground, with the new beers from Saffron and SimFly's new Combat simulator ensures that we're living up to last year's tourism award as Family Event of the Year.'

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