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Looking back at the Land Air Rally at Ipswich Airport in 1989

PUBLISHED: 15:48 19 June 2017

Just one of the Biplanes that was amongst the collection on display

Just one of the Biplanes that was amongst the collection on display


This one is very much for the aircraft and car enthusiasts as we take a look back at the Ipswich airfield held their annual Land Air Rally at the airstrip.

Military vehicles were also apart of the action as they tested out their fire power with fake roundsMilitary vehicles were also apart of the action as they tested out their fire power with fake rounds

An airfield which was soaked in history dating back to 1928, it played a part in World War 2, being a base for several squadrons of Spitfires among others, and towards the end of it’s operation, would begin hosting many public events for the residents of Ipswich.

Everyone looks on as a Douglas SBD Dauntless takes off from the runwayEveryone looks on as a Douglas SBD Dauntless takes off from the runway

Holding many air shows throughout the years the airfield would also host it’s annual Land Air Rally, inviting the gathering of vintage vehicles and aircraft to be displayed and flown from the airfield.

Classic cars were also displayed, such as this Cadillac convertibleClassic cars were also displayed, such as this Cadillac convertible

Military vehicles, American classics and World War 2 aircraft were all featured at the 1989 rally, with aircraft putting on displays throughout the day, giving those a rare sight of seeing classic aircraft in flight.

Entertainment for all generationsEntertainment for all generations

There was only to be a few more of these rallies though as the Council took over operation of the airport and announced it’s closure in 1993.


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