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Do you remember Ipswich Airport's 1989 air races?

PUBLISHED: 19:19 05 October 2019

Looking over the vast variety of planes participating in the air races  Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Looking over the vast variety of planes participating in the air races Picture: DAVID KINDRED

With a grand assortment of small aircraft and the sun shining brightly, Ipswich Airport opened its doors in 1989 to the community to enjoy a day of air races.

A few of the planes taking part in the races  Picture: DAVID KINDRED A few of the planes taking part in the races Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Aviation enthusiasts gathered in their masses to watch on, with crowds streaming in to the Nacton Road airfield.

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee also competed in the air races over Ipswich airport  Picture: DAVID KINDRED The Piper PA-28 Cherokee also competed in the air races over Ipswich airport Picture: DAVID KINDRED

It was also a day for small aircraft owners to come and show off their machines, as well as their skills in the skies.

Did you go to one of the many events Ipswich Airport held while it was open?  Picture: DAVID KINDRED Did you go to one of the many events Ipswich Airport held while it was open? Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Spectators made sure to bring binoculars to catch the best of the action in the air  Picture: DAVID KINDRED Spectators made sure to bring binoculars to catch the best of the action in the air Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Just some of the crowds that came down to Ipswich Airport to watch the action  Picture: DAVID KINDRED Just some of the crowds that came down to Ipswich Airport to watch the action Picture: DAVID KINDRED

The Pitts Special flying in the air races Picture: DAVID KINDREDThe Pitts Special flying in the air races Picture: DAVID KINDRED

In a epic test of skill, pilots raced round a designated course to try and score the best time or points against their fellow pilots.

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The small biplane, the Pitts Special, popular in the 1960s and 70s, can be seen in our pictures.

Originally built in America in 1944 the light aerobatic plane is still a competitive aircraft in the lower categories of air racing.

Unfortunately events such as this were short lived, as the airport closed in 1996.

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