PICTURES: Aerial acrobatics and dazzling displays as record numbers visit Old Buckenham Airshow

MDEP-30-07-2017-026 Old Buckenham Airshow Boeing B-17 Sally B
MDEP-30-07-2017-026 Old Buckenham Airshow Boeing B-17 Sally B

The organiser of the Old Buckenham Airshow has told of his joy after a record crowd visited this year’s event.

MDEP-30-07-2017-020 Old Buckenham crowd.

MDEP-30-07-2017-020 Old Buckenham crowd.

Matt Wilkins said close to 10,000 people visited across the weekend, which saw a capacity crowd on the Sunday, watch some dazzling aerobatic displays.

Those appearing included the Old Buckenham-based Wildcats, the only B-17 Bomber in Europe, Sally B, and Brendan O’Brien’s Flying Circus.

“It was absolutely fabulous,” he told the Diss Express. “We were extraordinarily lucky with the weather – in fact, with storms going off five miles to the south, we were not touched, which was wonderful.

“As a result, it meant for the fourth year in a row we set a record for the number of people here.

It was one of the best set displays I have ever seen. All of the pilots really did bring their A game and it was a brilliant weekend

Matt Wilkins, organiser, Old Buckenham Airshow

“It was one of the best set displays I have ever seen. All of the pilots really did bring their A game and it was a brilliant weekend.”

Mr Wilkins said he had been inundated with more 300 positive comments after the weekend. nd he added with some of aviation’s biggest names attending – including Brendan O’Brien, Rod Dean, Elly Sallingboe – it was proof the event is now an “essential” part of the calendar in East Anglia, and a badge of honour.

“To have people like that, not just giving us the time of day but actually being here, is absolutely wonderful.”

MDEP-30-07-2017-012 Old Buckenham based aerobatics team the Wildcats.

MDEP-30-07-2017-012 Old Buckenham based aerobatics team the Wildcats.

MDEP-30-07-2017-016 Old Buckenham Airshow,TV presenter and Flying legend Brendan O'Brien lands his Piper Cub on a trailer at 60MPH.

MDEP-30-07-2017-016 Old Buckenham Airshow,TV presenter and Flying legend Brendan O'Brien lands his Piper Cub on a trailer at 60MPH.

MDEP-30-07-2017-010 Old Buckenham based aerobatics team the Wildcats.

MDEP-30-07-2017-010 Old Buckenham based aerobatics team the Wildcats.

MDEP-30-07-2017-007 TV presenter and Flying legend Brendan O'Brien displays his Piper Cub.

MDEP-30-07-2017-007 TV presenter and Flying legend Brendan O'Brien displays his Piper Cub.

MDEP-30-07-2017-050 Old Buckenham Airshow. David Childerhouse, Carl Clarke & Gene Hines displayed their 1940's Jeeps

MDEP-30-07-2017-050 Old Buckenham Airshow. David Childerhouse, Carl Clarke & Gene Hines displayed their 1940's Jeeps

MDEP-30-07-2017-049 Old Buckenham Airshow. The Butterfield Family in period dress

MDEP-30-07-2017-049 Old Buckenham Airshow. The Butterfield Family in period dress

MDEP-30-07-2017-048 Old Buckenham singers in period dress entertain the crowds

MDEP-30-07-2017-048 Old Buckenham singers in period dress entertain the crowds

MDEP-30-07-2017-041 Old Buckenham Airshow, local boy James Neale of Quidenham gets his first flight in a light aircraft

MDEP-30-07-2017-041 Old Buckenham Airshow, local boy James Neale of Quidenham gets his first flight in a light aircraft

MDEP-30-07-2017-036 Old Buckenham Kids loved Otto the Helicopter

MDEP-30-07-2017-036 Old Buckenham Kids loved Otto the Helicopter