'Absolutely wonderful' - Organiser's delight at Old Buckenham Airshow success
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Organisers of the Old Buckenham Airshow have expressed their delight as more aircraft "than ever before" took to the skies this weekend.
The event at Old Buckenham Airfield, near Attleborough, showcased a wide variety of aircraft on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1 including Red Sparrows, the RAF Typhoon and the Spitfire Mk1.
Around 8,000 people attended the two-day event, which has more aircraft than ever before, with 39 and a half in total - the half being a micro version of the aerobatic superstar Extra.
After the disappointment of having to cancel the event in 2020, organiser Matt Wilkins expressed his delight in seeing the planes take to the skies and spectators in the grounds once again.
He added: "For most people it's been the first show they've been to since the beginning of the pandemic.
"It's absolutely wonderful, bearing in mind up until not that many weeks ago I was contemplating whether the best thing to do was just cancel.
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"I'm delighted we've been able to put it on, with precautions in place. People have been very respectful from what I've seen. It's just great, it's pretty much back to the good ol' days."
Organisers had to adapt in order to hold the event, which meant limiting admissions and holding almost all other activities outdoors.
Mr Wilkins added: "I did rearrange it a couple of times, it was not an easy one."
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He said his highlights from the weekend included the only B-17 Flying Fortress in Europe Sally B, and a "dog fight" race between a P-51 mustang and its 'German enemy' Buchon Bf109.
Mr Wilkins said: "We were able to fly all of the display acts. Everything flew including the Typhoon, it was an absolutely full display.
"It's been a record breaking weekend for us.
"It's tremendous to be able to put on the event especially after a long period of time when there was total uncertainty. Six weeks ago it was hanging in the balance and to have pulled it off in this style is tremendous."
The show was ended with Sally-B followed by Spitfire MH434, which Mr Wilkins said was a "very emotional" moment for everyone.
He added: "I think we can probably lay claim in this most unusual of years of having been one of the top 10 airshows in the UK in 2021."
The livestream for Saturday can be found here:
And for Sunday here:
There were reports of long delays on roads around the show.
Mr Wilkins said there had been a crash earlier in the day which had created problems.