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Flying without wings on the Sim-Fly flight simulator at Old Buckenham Airshow

PUBLISHED: 12:43 29 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:43 29 July 2017

83-year-old Bob Burrows on the Sim-Fly flight simulator, Picture: Nicola Barrell

83-year-old Bob Burrows on the Sim-Fly flight simulator, Picture: Nicola Barrell

Nicola Barrell

You can glide over the skies of the Amazonian rainforest or do aerobatics over your home without the need of a pilot’s licence, or even leaving the ground.

83-year-old Bob Burrows on the Sim-Fly flight simulator, Picture: Nicola Barrell83-year-old Bob Burrows on the Sim-Fly flight simulator, Picture: Nicola Barrell

The Sim-Fly flight simulator at the Old Buckenham Airshow gives visitors the chance to take control of the cockpit and experience the high-life.

It includes a realistic control panel, fully functioning controls, a vibrating seat, full sound and a large projected screen.

With computer controlled maps, you can fly hundreds of feet into the air, anytime, anywhere.

MORE: Eyes to the skies in Norfolk for airborne history and spectacle at Old Buckenham Airshow

Bob Burrows flying a Spitfire over his childhood home just outside King's Lynn on the Sim-Fly flight simulator. Picture: Nicola BarrellBob Burrows flying a Spitfire over his childhood home just outside King's Lynn on the Sim-Fly flight simulator. Picture: Nicola Barrell

One-to-one sessions is provided by Captain John Hoyte, who trained as a pilot at Swanton Morley and spent his career flying commercial jets and DC3 Dakotas.

Mr Hoyte said: “I have taught elderly people who never fulfilled their dream to become a pilot, young children fascinated by flying and those who are in a wheelchair and haven’t wanted to get into a plane.

“It is fantastic to see the look on their faces when they take to the controls.”

MORE: Seven things you won’t want to miss at Old Buckenham Airshow

Bob Burrows with Captain John Hooyte. Picture: Nicola BarrellBob Burrows with Captain John Hooyte. Picture: Nicola Barrell

One person who tried their hand at flying a Spitfire was 83-year-old Bob Burrows.

Mr Burrows dreamed of becoming a pilot at a young age, after witnessing the mother of a Second World War RAF pilot, who went missing in action, crying on the station platform.

He later discovered the pilot had been shot down on his first mission over Berlin.

Mr Burrows joined the national service at 18 but his dreams of becoming a pilot were thwarted after he failed the medical checks due to his hearing. He went on to become an engineer for several RAF bases across the country.

After 65 years of dreaming to become a pilot, Mr Burrows was able to take to the skies on the Sim-Fly simulator.

He said: ““When I moved the controls and the scenery moved as well, it felt like I was really flying.

“To see how I was controlling the plane on screen was amazing.”

The Sim-Fly simulator is available at the airshow this weekend, July 29 - 30.

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