Protest stall open day fly past

A FLY past to celebrate an aviation society's open day stalled after a Martlesham resident complained about the noise.A woman living more than a mile and a half away complained to the Civil Aviation Authority after two 1930s training planes, both Boeing Stearmans from Norfolk, took to the air.

A FLY past to celebrate an aviation society's open day stalled after a Martlesham resident complained about the noise.

A woman living more than a mile and a half away complained to the Civil Aviation Authority after two 1930s training planes, both Boeing Stearmans from Norfolk, took to the air.

Today Bob Dunnett, vice chairman of Martlesham Heath Aviation Society, expressed his disappointment over the woman's protest.

He said: "It's a shame that the pilots were not able to express themselves and that the fly past had to be curtailed. Perhaps the lady should have been here when the pilots were doing their jobs all those years ago."

A host of events were staged on the heath at the Control Tower Museum, off Parker's Place, yesterday to mark the third anniversary of the opening of the museum.

More than 2,000 people of all ages joined in the celebrations despite the complaint which curtailed the fly past.

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A display of aerobatics from the Russian YAK52 also had to be cancelled as the aircraft were grounded.

There were also several Second World War army vehicles and vintage cars on display including a bomb disposal vehicle, jeeps and an old fire engine.

A popular display of radio controlled model aircraft and helicopters also took place on the heath, with Martlesham Brass Band providing some nostalgic music.

Mr Dunnett said: "This event is an historic oasis. Everybody of all ages really enjoyed themselves and the crowd was even bigger than last year. It has been a wonderful day."

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