December 5 2013 Latest news:
By Lucy Wright
Monday, June 24, 2013
A pilot came within an inch of breaking a world record at the Old Buckenham air show at the weekend.
A 5,000-strong crowd held their breath with anticipation as they watched Brendan O’Brien as he tried in vain to land a plane on a trailer being towed by a moving truck on Sunday.
Norfolk’s largest air show attracted more than 7,500 people over the weekend.
Organiser Matt Wilkins said: “The conditions were very windy but he still came so very close.
“As soon as he landed we decided he would come back again next year and give it another go.
“It was one of the most exceptional pieces of airman ship on this airfield since the second world war.”
And there was fun on the ground with a classic car display, fairground rides and an agricultural display.
The Norfolk Titanic Association exhibited and gave people a chance to see a recreation of the famous ship’s wireless room. People also found out about the only survivor from Old Buckenham, Ellen Bird.
Joy Browne, from Needham, near Harleston, visited with her son, daughter in law and three-year-old granddaughter, Jessica.
“I was my first time at the air show,” she said. “But it was everything I thought it would be and more. There is something for everybody.”
She said the highlight of the show was watching the air displays
“I have been to the Lowestoft air show before and have always wanted to come to Old Buckenham. We have all had a good day.”
On Saturday people took to the skies with pleasure flights and trial lessons in a Cessna 150, Piper PA28 or the Extra 300.
As part of the trial lesson, passengers were able to take the joystick in the dual control aircraft and try aerobatics.
Mr Wilkins added: “For many years the air show was held on a single day, but there is too much to do and see in just one day.
“The reaction from people has been great and we are overwhelmed with the support we have had this year.
“The organisation has been very slick and the cadets have worked their usual magic.”
Mr Wilkins also expressed his thanks to Jason Offer, who had helped to organise a group of 60 cadets who volunteered over the weekend.
Tracey Burlingham, officer from the 1249 Dereham squadron, said: “We brought a group of 15 cadets who are all aged between 13 and 16.
“It’s a great experience for them and a fantastic opportunity for them to give something back to the community.”
The event helped to raise money for Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.
EDP and Evening News competition winner, Richard Cogman, enjoyed a flight in a Stearman with Wing Commander Gerry Honey OBE.