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Typhoons, Falcons and Spitfires on display at Old Buckenham Airshow



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Thousands of necks were arched over the weekend as visitors made their way from across the country to enjoy the Old Buckenham Airshow.

A Yak aircraft in action. Picture: Mark Bullimore
A Yak aircraft in action. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Some of Britain’s most beloved fighter jets illuminated the skies above Old Buckenham Airfield for the return of East Anglia’s largest aviation event.

Close to 10,000 people visited across the weekend, lunchboxes and camping chairs in tow, as some of the greatest aircraft of the last 80 years, from RAF Typhoons and Falcons to Spitfires, dazzled audiences overhead.

The B17 Flying Fortress was used extensively during the Second World War for bombing missions. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
The B17 Flying Fortress was used extensively during the Second World War for bombing missions. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

The event –which took place over Saturday and Sunday – saw the debut of an electric aircraft, the Pipistrel Velis Electro, one of the first of its kind to take part in a show on British shores.

The air show featured a host of different aeroplanes.. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The air show featured a host of different aeroplanes.. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Closer to earth, the 1986 Wymondham Squadron treated visitors to an impressive military vehicle display.

Shaun Westley in a 1967 FV432 armoured personnel carrier. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Shaun Westley in a 1967 FV432 armoured personnel carrier. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Elsewhere, vintage agricultural machinery, live bands and a fairground kept families entertained.

The airshow was celebrating the 80th anniversary of the arrival United States Air Force’s 453rd Bombardment Group to Norfolk during World War II –which had led to the construction of the airfield.

Members of the 1986 Wymondham Air Cadet Squadron take the salute. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
Members of the 1986 Wymondham Air Cadet Squadron take the salute. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

Police were called into action towards the end of the show following an incident at around 4pm, which led to a full scale security alert.

A man was reported to have been “acting strangely” with a knife in the car park, leading him to be handcuffed by police until it was later discovered that he was working at the event.



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