Seven things you won’t want to miss at Old Buckenham Airshow
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This weekend Old Buckenham Airfield will be playing host to its annual airshow, which last year saw the team succeed in putting Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) back in her Goldfinger Helicopter after 50 years. This year there are lots more exciting events taking place that you just won't want to miss.
• The Wildcats
Wildcat Aerobatics are a duo that perform formation aerobatic displays to promote aerial sport flying and the leisure aviation industry. Al Coutts and Willie Cruickshank founded The Wildcats in 2010 and have enjoyed performing at the Old Buckenham Airshow each year since, stealing the crowd's attention with show-stopping displays. You won't want to miss whatever spectacle they've concocted for 2016.
In 1932, aircraft executive Walter H. Beech and airplane designer T.A. Wells joined forces to create The Beechcraft Model 17, also know as the Staggerwing. It was intended to be very fast and was ideally suited for the business executive, much in the same way business jets are now. Today the Staggerwing still puts many contemporary machines to shame and has been proclaimed as one of the most beautiful aircrafts of all time, making it a sight you will want to behold.
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• Catalina Flying Boat
The Consolidated Catalina was one of the most used seaplanes of World War II, serving with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and assisting with submarine hunting, cargo transport and search and rescue. The flying boat is still being used to save lives, 81 years after its first flight, in its new role as a fire-fighting aircraft and this weekend will be featured at the airshow over both days.
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• Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 'Sally B'
Old Buckenham Airshow has waited 12 years to include Sally B on the line-up and this weekend film aficionados will find out whether it was worth the wait as they catch a glimpse of 'Sally B', star of the 1990 Hollywood blockbuster Memphis Belle, who will be displaying at the show on Sunday. The impressive 25 tonne aircraft is the only airworthy B-17 in Europe and can reach a top speed of 287mph.
• Helicopter rides
Over the weekend, the airshow will be running a series of sessions that will allow visitors to take to the sky themselves, including the chance to take control of an iconic World War II Boeing Stearman or try flying a PA28, the type of aircraft used in Pussy Galore's Flying Circus in Goldfinger. For those not wanting the pressure of flying, an executive helicopter will be on hand all weekend to whisk you up, up and away.
• Take a ride in a monster truck
If you'd prefer to remain close to the ground, why not try something a little out of the ordinary and ride in a monster truck from Wicked Adventures, enjoying a fun, powerful and utterly American experience as the Chevy V8 with its 66 inch tyres drives over and crushes several cars.
• Have a beer exclusively brewed for the show at the Attack & Destroy Bar
Taylor's Brewery have created a range of six real ales exclusively for the Old Buckenham Airshow and the only place you'll be able to try them is at the brand new Attack and Destroy bar.
• A full line-up of events can be found at www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk• What are you most looking forward to seeing at the Airshow? Let us know in the comments below.