Rougham: WW2 planes delight fans at air show

SUFFOLK’S skies were filled with planes from a bygone era as part of a two-day 1940s event.

Mustangs, Spitfires and Tiger Moths dazzled crowds with their aerial acrobatics at Rougham Air Display and Classic car Show this weekend.

Enthusiasts, youngsters and families flocked to the former World War Two airfield just outside Bury St Edmunds for two days of fantastic flying and entertainment, supported by the East Anglian Daily Times.

Popular ‘warbirds’ such as the USAAF B17-G Flying Fortress and a Douglas Dakota also stopped in along with 200 guest pilots.

Chris Wade, 49, had travelled from Sudbury to watch the displays with his son, Joe Harvey-Wade, 13.

“It is absolutely brilliant,” Mr Wade said. “I love seeing the old machinery still flying.

“It is fantastic to hear the noise as they fly past.”

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Forces sweetheart Fiona Harrison entertained the troops with songs from the 1940s while authentic US military vehicles brought a taste of the war years back to the base, which was home to the 94th bomb group from 1943 to 1945.

More than 200 vintage vehicles gleamed in the sunshine as the event’s classic car show attracted 1930s touring classics to sports cars and modern-day favourites.

Gary Newland, events director at Rougham, said: “The show has been superb .

“People have their eyes fixed on the skies with big smiles on their faces.”