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Eyes to the sky for Norfolk air show

PUBLISHED: 11:50 25 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 01 July 2010

Stephanie Brooks

All eyes will look up to the skies around Old Buckenham Airfield at the weekend for the return of a popular community air show.

All eyes will look up to the skies around Old Buckenham Airfield at the weekend for the return of a popular community air show.

Thousands of aviation enthusiasts are set to descend on the former second world war airfield on Sunday for a display of historic planes.

The south Norfolk airfield, which was once home to the US Army Air Force 453rd Bomb Group, will this year welcome a flypast from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. A Lancaster bomber will help kick-start the flying at the 11th Old Buckenham Air Show from 2pm on Sunday and will finish about 4.45pm with a flyover from a Spitfire and Hurricane.

The flight comes on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The annual event, which regularly attracts around 4,000 people, will this year help raise funds for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), which has a centre at nearby Quidenham.

This year's Battle of Britain display will be supported by other second world war aircraft, including the North American P-51D Mustang.

William Layzell, airfield manager, said: “It promises to be a very good day. The weather is looking fantatasic. EACH is building a brand new hospice this year and need all the support they can get so we hope the public will help us help them by coming to the show in large numbers.”

Gates will open from 9am on Sunday. Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 for senior citizens, £6 for children, under 5s free.

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