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Red Arrows set to fly at this year's Old Buckenham Airshow

The organiser of the Old Buckenham Airshow has announced the Red Arrows will be taking to the skies for this year’s event.

Described as a ‘coup’, the world-famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team will perform one of its iconic displays on July 29 at Old Buckenham Airfield.

Airshow organiser Matt Wilkins said this news marked an unofficial moment where the airshow had entered the leagues of the very best world-class aerial spectacles.

He added: “We are enormously grateful to the Royal Air Force, Ministry of Defence and Secretary of State for this extraordinary show of support.

“Thanks to them, we are able to place a final tick in our wish list. July 29 will see the culmination of over a decades’ work taking the airshow from a village fete to a world-class event, now supported by the UK’s greatest and most skilled airborne ambassadors; the Red Arrows”

The nine jets will not be the only RAF participants - a Typhoon fighter, hitting 600mph, and opening the event will be the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team - arguably the finest in the world - with an aerial ceremony culminating in the Union Jack raised over Old Buckenham’s war memorial as the UK and US national anthems are played.

At an aerodrome built for US four-engined World War Two bombers, one of the most emotional moments of the event comes courtesy of Sally B, the only B-17 Flying Fortress still flying outside of North America.

This year, in another first, on July 29, the iconic bomber will make its Old Buckenham Airshow return after more than 15 years.

For more information on the event, go to the Old Buckenham Airhosw website.

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