Old Buckenham Airshow to be extended in 2013

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 October 2012 | UPDATED: 15:19 25 October 2012

A P-51 Mustang (left) and Spitfire MkIX performs at the Old Buckenham Airshow.  
Photograph Simon Parker

A P-51 Mustang (left) and Spitfire MkIX performs at the Old Buckenham Airshow. Photograph Simon Parker


A popular air festival will return next year after organisers announced the expansion of the Old Buckenham Airshow.

Thousands of spectators descended on the former second world war airfield in June for the return of the show, which had been resurrected under new management.

The manager of the airfield announced that the 2013 show would be extended from one day to two days as part of an exciting line-up of events next year.

The Old Buckenham Airshow will be held on the weekend of June 22 and 23, which will raise funds for the Leonard Cheshire Disability home at The Grove in East Carleton.

Matt Wilkins, airfield manager, said following demand from exhibitors, there was not enough time to squeeze all of the show’s attractions in one day. He added that the main displays will be held on the Sunday.

“It seems a shame to have all these things here and we might as well make a big splash of it. We can do leisure flights on the Saturday, which we can not do on the Sunday,” he said.

The highlight of the Saturday evening will be a 1940s hangar dance and there will be a completely changed layout for next year’s show, which the EDP will be a media sponsor of.

The line-up for the airshow will be confirmed over the next few months, but Mr Wilkins hopes that a Spitfire and Mustang duo will be able to return for a spectacular display in 2013.

In addition, the former USAAF base will host the inaugural Military Revival next year.

The event on October 4, 5 and 6, is for all military enthusiasts and covers military hardware from 1900 to the present day. Old Buckenham will be turned into a vast military camp for the weekend, with a multitude of vehicles, displays and mock battles covering an array of conflicts.

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