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Respected pilot Brendan O’Brien will bring his Flying Circus to the Old Buckenham Airshow

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 18 March 2017

Pilot Brendan O'Brien with his Piper J3 Cub plane which he will land on the back of a moving trailer at this year's Old Buckenham Airshow. Picture: O'Brien's Flying Circus

Pilot Brendan O'Brien with his Piper J3 Cub plane which he will land on the back of a moving trailer at this year's Old Buckenham Airshow. Picture: O'Brien's Flying Circus

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It is one of the biggest events in the region’s calendar and those who attend this year’s Old Buckenham Airshow will be in for a treat.

Pilot Brendan O'Brien will bring his Flying Circus to this year's Old Buckenham Airshow. The newest addition to the circus is Otto the helicopter who will be making his East Anglian airshow debut. Picture: O'Brien's Flying CircusPilot Brendan O'Brien will bring his Flying Circus to this year's Old Buckenham Airshow. The newest addition to the circus is Otto the helicopter who will be making his East Anglian airshow debut. Picture: O'Brien's Flying Circus

The latest act to be announced is the entertaining pilot Brendan O’Brien and his Flying Circus team.

Mr O’Brien wowed the crowds when he took part in the airshow in 2014 - landing his Piper J3 Cub plane onto a trailer moving along the runway.

And the experienced pilot, who has a license to fly most types of machine capable of being airborne, will be appearing on both days.

A 1943 Beechcraft Staggerwing will be on display at this year's Old Buckenham Airshow. Picture: Old Buckenham AirshowA 1943 Beechcraft Staggerwing will be on display at this year's Old Buckenham Airshow. Picture: Old Buckenham Airshow

In addition to trying to once again land his helicopter on a moving trailer, the pilot will show-off his newest helicopter, Otto, to Norfolk.

The Hurricane will make a flying visit to the Old Buckenham Airshow. Picture: Richard PaverThe Hurricane will make a flying visit to the Old Buckenham Airshow. Picture: Richard Paver

The Helicopter, a fixture at US airshows and a hit with families, has a specially made yoyo attached to it.

Matt Wilkins, airshow organiser, said: “The English language contains 171,476 words. None of them are good enough to begin to describe Brendan O’Brien, statistically the greatest peacetime pilot there has ever been.

“We’re therefore thrilled to have him back and offer Otto the helicopter his East of England debut; sure to be a massive hit with the kids here as he has been in the United States.”

Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air on on the ground. Photo : Steve AdamsCrowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air on on the ground. Photo : Steve Adams

Another confirmed act is a 1943 Beechcraft staggerwing which will also be on display on both days.

Capable of taking off from small grass landing strips, it can cruise for a thousand miles at 200mph.

Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air on on the ground. Photo : Steve AdamsCrowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air on on the ground. Photo : Steve Adams

The two acts join the other confirmed acts which include, a Hawker Hurricane, a spitfire and the surprise hit act of last year’s show Extra and the Model – an aerobatic plane which completes stunts alongside a 41pc scale model.

Last year the airshow, of which the Eastern Daily Press is a media partner, was a record-breaker with 5,000 visitors over the two days. And Mr Wilkins said he hopes to see similar numbers this year.

He added: “This is by far the most exciting display ever.”

The event, which won Family Tourism Event of the Year Award at the 2016 EDP Tourism Award, will take place on July 29 and 30.

And aside from the air displays, there will be a vast range of things to see and do on the ground including tank rides and a wide range of refreshments.

For more information visit http://www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk/

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  • Yet more low flying disruption in South Norfolk whilst they practice playing WW2 pilots.And they crash sometimes....

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