Norfolk hosts the biggest gliding event of the year for a third time

Norman and Gilly Clowes at VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Norman Clowes

Norman and Gilly Clowes at VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Norman Clowes - Credit: Norman Clowes

A Norfolk airfield has hosted one of the world's biggest glider events for the third time.

Four Minimoa gliders at the VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Christian Mathieu

Four Minimoa gliders at the VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Christian Mathieu - Credit: Christian Mathieu

The Vintage Glider Club chose Tibenham Airfield to host its International Rally.

The event was attended by 110 pilots from as far afield as Australia.

Organiser Norman Clowes said: "This was one of the most important aviation events in Norfolk this year.

"More than 60 gliders all flew over the event. There were gliders dating from the 1930s and pilots like me were lucky enough to fly them. It was absolutely beautiful."

Aerial shot of Tibenham from a glider at VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Mark Wright

Aerial shot of Tibenham from a glider at VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Mark Wright - Credit: Mark Wright


You may also want to watch:


The next rally is due to be held in Germany next year, but Norfolk's Gliding Club feels hopeful that the international rally will be back on their air fields in the future.

Early morning rigging at VGC international rally. Photo: Bob Grieve

Early morning rigging at VGC international rally. Photo: Bob Grieve - Credit: Bob Grieve

K6 glider from Germany at VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Normal Clowes

K6 glider from Germany at VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Normal Clowes - Credit: Normal Clowes

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus