Record-breaking Old Buckenham Airshow wows the crowds

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

Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air on on the ground. Boeing B-17 "Sally B" Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

A record-breaking crowd were treated to appearances from iconic war birds and aerobatic displays at the biggest Old Buckenham Airshow yet

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

About 5,000 people attended the two-day event, which also welcomed a powerful line-up of attractions.

The star of the show was arguably a flypast by the last airwor-thy B-17 in Europe, Sally B.

The crowd was in awe as the flying fortress, now based at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, circled above the airfield.

The ever popular MH434 Spitfire was another crowd favourite as was the P-51 Mustang.

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

And there were daring displays from the popular Old Buckenham-based Wildcats Aerobatics and local pilot Matt Summers in his Vans RV8.

Other highlights included appearances by a Catalina flying boat and American biplane the Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing.

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The show had set a new record for pre-sold tickets – which were more than double than last year.

Airshow organiser Matt Wilkins said: 'It has beaten all the records and is certainly the best we have had yet. It was every-thing we wanted it to be. It was wonderful and everything went off successfully.

'I think we comfortably had 5,000 people and the great part was we did not have to send anyone away.

'Sally B was a big draw. To have a four engine bomber at a former United States Army Air Force base was quite an event.

'It is all thanks to the volunteers and the 1986 Wymondham Squadron Air Training Corps.'

People young and old enjoyed the ground-based entertainment from military vehicle displays to tank rides.

There were stalls from a variety of organisations includ-ing the Spirit of Coltishall Association, the Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes.

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