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PUBLISHED: 08:31 19 May 2018

One of the best known and all time great display aircraft, the T6, is heading to Old Buckenham. Picture Piotr Szydo

One of the best known and all time great display aircraft, the T6, is heading to Old Buckenham. Picture Piotr Szydo

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Aircraft limbo, a Hawker Hurricane joining the Spitfire and Mustang, a cheeky rabbit, tank rides and a bombed Normandy Barn are adding to the massive in-air and on-ground action at Old Buckenham Airshow.

A rare sight in the sky, the Hawker Hurricane is heading to the Old Buckenham Airshow on July 28-29. Picture Steven GrayA rare sight in the sky, the Hawker Hurricane is heading to the Old Buckenham Airshow on July 28-29. Picture Steven Gray

Set for July 28-29, tickets are being snapped up by families and aviation and history enthusiasts keen to see the best and biggest line up yet for the annual airshow.

The south Norfolk show has already announced a fleet of top acts including aviation superstars the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B (star of Memphis Belle), the double act of aerobatic Extra pilot Chris Burkett and the model Extra, a Douglas DC3, crowd favourites Wildcat Aerobatics and the poignant sight of the Mustang and the most famous Spitfire flying today - treasure of sky and screen - MH434.

Now the Hurricane completes the trinity of WWII allied fighters.

The Hurricane may not be as well-loved as the glamorous Spitfire, who wins hearts wherever she flies, but the Hurricane was responsible for almost two thirds of the victories in the Battle of Britain.

Plenty of excitment on the way with The Turbulent Team. Picture Turbulent TeamPlenty of excitment on the way with The Turbulent Team. Picture Turbulent Team

The popularity of the Spitfire means several have been saved and restored and are sparky little treats on the air display and flypast circuit today, but flying Hurricanes are much rarer.

The Hurricane heading to the Old Buckenham Airshow was built in Canada, pretty much destroyed in England during the War and then restored. She crossed the Atlantic again to join the Planes of Fame Museum in Houston, Texas and today she is part of the famous Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.

While the wartime trilogy create a spectacle merely by appearing in the skies above Old Buckenham, one super fun display team truly pulls out all the stops to create an unforgettable sight.

The Turbulents fly as low as they are allowed – and always under 700 ft in a display – for a circus style display of truly fun flying. A joyfully exuberant team, expect aircraft limbo, flour bombing and balloon popping with some almost unbelievable flying skills from the pilots.

The Hawker Hurricane flexes its power. Picture Andrew ScruttonThe Hawker Hurricane flexes its power. Picture Andrew Scrutton

Once they’re let loose in the sky the aim is plenty of tricks, plenty of silliness and lots of attention-seeking antics.

It’s all about speed and showing off the aircraft for new display pilot Andy Goodall who’ll be displaying his supercool T-6 Texan. A WWII fighter trainer with a 600hp Pratt and Whitney radial engine, the T-6 – known as the Harvard in England – is still in service with the Canadian Air Force.

Dubbed the Wacky Wabbit thanks to the character boldly painted on the side, the Harvard is one of the all time great display aircraft.

What’s more, members of the public have the chance of a trial flying lesson in the Wacky Wabbit at Old Buckenham, outside display hours. The opportunity to take the controls of an air display aircraft, is a first for Old Buckenham Airshow.

Heading to Old Buckenham Airshow. They call it the T-6 Texan, we call it the Harvard. Picture Piotr SzydoHeading to Old Buckenham Airshow. They call it the T-6 Texan, we call it the Harvard. Picture Piotr Szydo

There’s masses happening on the ground at the Old Buckenham Airshow with tank rides, helicopter rides, classic cars, military exhibits and wartime recreations jostling for attention.

Celebrating its former life as a WWII USAF base, the airshow brings history and military exhibits together with a remarkable display by the East Anglian based Airborne Assault Living History Group.

Portraying American Airborne Infantry during WWII, the group will be recreating a bombed Normandy barn in an evocative display, the centrepiece of a host of living history exhibits at the airfield covering conflict throughout the 20th century.

The on-ground family entertainment includes classic cars to explore, plenty of stands and stalls, bar, a Food Village, tank rides, flights in an executive helicopter and plenty of displays.

The recreation of a bombed Normandy barn brings World War II back to the Old Buckenham Airshow on July 28-29. Picture Si FrostThe recreation of a bombed Normandy barn brings World War II back to the Old Buckenham Airshow on July 28-29. Picture Si Frost

The airfield also has two permanent museums; the 453rd Bombardment Group Museum and the 8th Air Force Heritage Gallery.

Adult tickets from £12, children under 12 are free, 12 to 16 year olds from £6. www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk

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