Sunshine and air races proved a great day out at Ipswich Airport in 1989

Some of the spectators using binoculars to follow the races closely

Some of the spectators using binoculars to follow the races closely - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Airport was well known for the many public events that it hosted - and in 1989 it opened its gates to the masses to hold an air races event.

Resting beneath the wing of a plane whilst enjoying the races above

Resting beneath the wing of a plane whilst enjoying the races above - Credit: Archant

It was a chance for small aircraft owners to show off their vehicles and their flying skills, and for spectators to enjoy close up views of the machines.

It was a great day for small aircraft owners and enthusiasts alike

It was a great day for small aircraft owners and enthusiasts alike - Credit: Archant

Perhaps more importantly it provided a great day out for all of the family - helped by glorious sunshine on the day.

One of the planes coming in to land at Ipswich Airport

One of the planes coming in to land at Ipswich Airport - Credit: Archant

The event attracted hundreds of people to the Nacton Road site, with these pictures showing the crowds whiling away the day relaxing in the sunshine.

The air races attracted hundeds of people to Ipswich Airport

The air races attracted hundeds of people to Ipswich Airport - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Airport officially opened on Thursday, June 26, 1930 - and on its very first day held a celebratory event for the public.

Glorious sunshine helped to boost the crowds

Glorious sunshine helped to boost the crowds - Credit: Archant


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It held countless events in its 66 year history before closing its doors for the final time in 1996.

Spectators line the airfield to get the best view of the races

Spectators line the airfield to get the best view of the races - Credit: Archant

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