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Records to tumble at Old Buckenham Airshow

PUBLISHED: 08:31 29 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:48 29 July 2016

The Catalina flying boat

The Catalina flying boat

Photo: © 2011 John M. Dibbs

One of the region's biggest events is looking forward to welcome record-breaking crowds this weekend.

This year’s Old Buckenham Airshow is poised to be a sell-out.

It has already set a new record for pre-sales, which are more than double the number at this stage last year. The show, tomorrow and on Sunday at Old Buckenham Airfield, will see appearances from iconic war birds, aerobatics displays and a range of activities on the ground.

Airshow organiser Matt Wilkins said: “The show seems to be doubling each year. It is looking like it is going to be our greatest success.

“It is certainly our most powerful show, in terms of horsepower, and we are really looking forward to it.

“I am very cautiously optimistic we will sell out and we are hoping for 5,000 visitors.”

Those attending the airshow can look forward to displays from The Wildcats, a Catalina Flying Boat, the B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, a Spitfire and P-51 Mustang.

There will also be a food village, funfair, ground based displays with hundreds of classic cars, retail and charity stands and stalls, tank rides and Monster Truck experiences.

Organisers are also proud to promote a new bar at the show, which is called Attack and Destroy and has six specially brewed ales.

It is named after the motto of the American 453rd Bombardment Group, which was based at the airfield in the Second World War.

People bringing dogs to the show can also use a new one-ton water point for their pets.

The new 453rd Bombardment Group Museum will also be open.

Showgoers can take to the skies in aircraft including a biplane and executive helicopter.

Mr Wilkins said that all major structures, such as marquees, had been in place for a week and final preparations were going well.

He also added that there will be yellow signage from the Shropham and Quidenham turn-off on the A11 leading the way to the airfield.

For information about the airshow visit www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk

Are you going to the airshow? You can send your photographs by visiting

www.iwitness24.co.uk

See Monday’s EDP for a special report from the show.

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