Our reporter goes to new heights with Wildcat Aerobatics ahead of Cromer Carnival
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Many people may be excited about the return of the Red Arrows to the Cromer Carnival next week but there is another aerial display team on the bill which are set to be just as exciting.
Wildcat Aerobatics will be making their third appearance at the carnival as they perform their aerobatic display at 200mph and hundreds of feet in the sky above the crowds on the town's promenade.
The Norfolk-based duo of Al Coutts and Willie Cruickshank will be performing their 2016 routine in their smoke-trailing Pitt Special bi-planes and Mr Coutts said they are very excited about returning to the town.
'We love displaying at Cromer as it is a unique and a challenging flight due to the sea and the cliffs which make it exciting to do,' he said.
'We do our regular display but we are over the sea most of the time so we wear life jackets and it makes everything a little more grown up for us so yes it is a good day out.
'This is an unusual year and almost a consolidation year for us because of the events after Shoreham and all the rule changes,' he said.
The pair will be taking to the skies on Tuesday August 16 at 12.30pm the day before the famous Red Arrows return to the town.
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When asked about how they feel sharing the bill with them Mr Cruickshank interjected and joked: 'No they will be sharing it with us.'
My flight in a Wildcat plane
EDP reporter Jessica Long took her reporting duties to new heights after volunteering to join the Wildcats prepare for their appearance at Cromer Carnival...
This was my first time in a small aircraft and I had no idea how it would feel compared to my usual flight in a RyanAir plane but as soon as we took off at Old Buckenham Willie put me at easy with his smooth takeoff.
Before I knew it, it was time to get on with the infamous manoeuvres starting by flying upside down. I am not afraid to admit that I did scream when the plane was flipped over and I was hanging in my harness but it was exhilarating and I could really feel the G-force!
Willie then moved on to the looped the loop, some barrel rolls and move where the plane flies straight up and goes from 200mph to 0mph in a manoeuvre called a stall turn.
The best way I could can describe it was like being on a roller coaster except I could not feel how fast I was going and the views over Norfolk were breathtaking.
A quick flight over Norwich and it was all over, something my stomach was quite thankful for as I did start to feel a bit queasy.