Old Buckenham Airfield expands its offerings

Old Buckenham Airfield tank display.
Old Buckenham Airfield tank display.
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Old Buckenham Airfield’s growing reputation with military enthusiasts is set to climb higher with the news it is to become the permanent home to a display of important military machines.

Battlefront, the East England Military Museum, has arranged for a dozen of the machines displayed at the airfield’s recent Military Revival two weekends ago to now be on permanent display there.

They include the Russian T55 tank which starred in the James Bond thriller Goldeneye, the only Multiple Launch Rocket System not in military hands and the MGM52 Lance Nuclear Missile, as well as an array of weaponry dating back to the Second World War. The exhibits will be on show at all times the airfield is open - seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.

Museum trustee Shaun Hindle said the museum was delighted and had been looking for a chance to allow everyone to “see the remarkable machines in our collection for some years”. To coincide with the new displays, the airfield’s cafe, Jimmy’s (named after the former wartime base’s most famous resident Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart), is also increasing its opening times to seven days a week.

Airfield manager Matt Wilkins said it was gratifying that the inaugural Military Revival event, held from October 4 to 6, had been so well received by military enthusiasts. “To now be able to use that success to have a permanent display at the airfield is great news, especially considering what is on offer.”