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A look at Martlesham Heath airfield's last flights in 1979

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 February 2017

Commemorating the last flight at Martlesham airfield in 1979

Commemorating the last flight at Martlesham airfield in 1979

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Martlesham Heath airfield celebrated its 100th anniversary last month. Here, we look back to when the last planes took off at the airfield in 1979.

Announcing the last flights from Martlesham airfield in 1979Announcing the last flights from Martlesham airfield in 1979

The airfield was established on January 16, 1917, by the Royal Flying Corps, with the specific aim of being an experimental establishment.

Big crowds turn out to the see the planes on display at Martlesham airfield for their last flights in 1979Big crowds turn out to the see the planes on display at Martlesham airfield for their last flights in 1979

It played a part in both the world wars, was used for testing iconic aircraft such as the Spitfire and Hurricane, radar experiments and establishing blind landing techniques which are still used by pilots across the globe.

Planes were put on display to the public ahead of the last flights in 1979Planes were put on display to the public ahead of the last flights in 1979

In 1964, it was used for speed testing planes versus cars.

Planes in action for the last flights at Martlesham airfield in 1979Planes in action for the last flights at Martlesham airfield in 1979

After the last flight in 1979, some of the planes used on the airfield was put on display for the public to see, and a commemorative airshow was held.

Planes on show at Martlesham airfieldPlanes on show at Martlesham airfield

A commemorative airshow was held to mark the final flightA commemorative airshow was held to mark the final flight

Planes in the sky above Martlesham airfield in 1979Planes in the sky above Martlesham airfield in 1979

The last flights at Martlesham airfield in 1979The last flights at Martlesham airfield in 1979

One of the last flights at Martlesham airfield in 1979One of the last flights at Martlesham airfield in 1979

Do you have any nostalgic aviation pictures from the area, or photos from airshows that you have attended? To email themsee here

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