Preparations under way for Seething Charity Air Day

Flying enthusiasts can look forward to a spectacular day of classic planes and aerial tricks when Seething Charity Air Day returns later this year.

The air day hopes to celebrate more than 90 years of aeronautical heritage with brand new displays and past favourites joining together in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Among those set to grace the skies above Norfolk on Sunday, September 9, are classics like The Grace Spitfire, Great War Display Team, P51 Mustang and Messerschmitt ME108, as well as flying acrobatics in the form of The Trig Aerobatic Team and Wildcats.

David Smith, of the organising committee, said one of the particular highlights will be the Grace Spitfire ML407, which served in the front line of battle during the final 12 months of the second world war.

This particular model is flown by Carolyn Grace, whose husband Nick rebuilt the ML407 after finding in a Scottish museum in 1979.

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Mr Smith said: 'To have a Spitfire at any airshow is really exciting, and this is a fantastic example, so we are really proud to have that.'

The event, which is organised by Seething Flying Club and supported by the EDP, will also welcome a Great War Display Team, featuring two RAF SE5A's and two German Junkers CL1s.

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'The display from the first world war biplanes will be simulating a dog fight.

'I have not seen one of those in an air display, and is quite rare around these parts,' said Mr Smith.

While being a celebration of aeronautical history, the airshow's main aim is to raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, with all profits going to the charity.

Mr Smith said: 'The air ambulance shows the importance of aviation in the local community, it's not just us buzzing around everyone's heads.'

A spokesman from the charity, which will be sending Anglia One to the event, said: 'We are delighted to hear that Seething Airfield have once again chosen to support the East Anglian Air Ambulance with its 2012 charity air day.

'Over the years, the air day has raised over �10,000 for our life-saving charity and we cannot thank all those involved enough for their hard work and enthusiasm, to create such a successful event.'

The day will also include a selection of classic and military vehicles and static aircraft displays.

Tickets are �10 for adults, �5 for under 16s, with a family of two adults and two children �25.

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