Open day for aviation fans
AVIATION fans are in for a treat this weekend as the Martlesham Control Tower Museum prepares to host its annual open day.Attractions on offer will include a selection of Second World War military vehicles and a number of vintage cars from the period.
AVIATION fans are in for a treat this weekend as the Martlesham Control Tower Museum prepares to host its annual open day.
Attractions on offer will include a selection of Second World War military vehicles and a number of vintage cars from the period.
There will also be a model aircraft display and 1940s music provided by Martlesham Brass band.
One of the highlights of the day will be the official opening of an air raid bunker and a new set of stairs, which lead up to the observation tower on top of the control tower.
Members of the Martlesham Heath Aviation society have been working hard to get both projects completed before the open day and are delighted the public will now get a chance to see them.
Vice chairman of the society, Bob Dunnett, said: "We've achieved more than we ever thought possible when we began planning the museum in 1996.
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"The control tower is now back to the way it would have been in the 1940s and the bunker is an added bonus."
The renovations to the tower have been funded through a number of grants but the largest single benefactor was the late Captain Preston Easley who left the group $1,000 when he last visited England.
American Mr Easley was the captain of the 361st fighter squadron, who were based in Martlesham during the Second World War.
Many of his American compatriots' families are expected to attend Sunday's event.
The day's activities begin at 11am and finish at 4pm. Admission is free.
For more details contact Mr Dunnett on 01473 624510 or visit www.mhas.org.uk