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More than 100 aeroplanes visit Rougham for successful fund-raising fly-in




Planes buzzed in the skies above Rougham at the weekend as more than 100 visiting aircraft flew in for a fund-raising event.

Rougham Airfield hosted its third fly-in to raise funds for the North Weald Aircraft Marshallers – volunteers who arrange the parking, movements and safety of aircraft at air shows – and East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Held at the airfield on Saturday and Sunday – although storms on Sunday afternoon cut the event short by a few hours – visitors were asked to donate £5 entry per car or family.

‘Visit To The Control Tower Aviation Museum’ By Air......Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51388246)
‘Visit To The Control Tower Aviation Museum’ By Air......Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51388246)

They were then allowed up close to the aircraft, were able to meet and talk to the pilots and able to sit in the cockpits of some aircraft.

Visiting aeroplanes included an Avro Anson, Tiger Moths, Piper Cubs, home builds, ex-military and more. Peter Johnson, of Lavenham, flew in his 1935 de Havilland Hornet Moth, which is one of only 13 remaining in the UK.

The airfield welcomed 96 aircraft on Saturday and 15 on Sunday.

‘Visit To The Control Tower Aviation Museum’ By Air..PICTURED: Peter Johnson with his 1935 de Havilland Hornet Moth, the family aeroplane based in Lavenham. Only 13 of these plans left in the UK....Picture by Mecha Morton. (51388242)
‘Visit To The Control Tower Aviation Museum’ By Air..PICTURED: Peter Johnson with his 1935 de Havilland Hornet Moth, the family aeroplane based in Lavenham. Only 13 of these plans left in the UK....Picture by Mecha Morton. (51388242)

Andrew Caldecott, who helped to organise the event, said: “It was great to welcome so many people. It was a fantastic weekend.

"Overall we couldn't have asked for a better day on the Saturday. I don't know how many people came but at one point on Saturday we had 400-500 cars in the car park and a lot of people walked here."

The event also boasted a selection of trader stands – including aviation artists, books, models and heavy vehicles – while refreshment and food stands were available on both days.

The fly-in was held thanks to support from Rougham Estates, Skyward Flight Training, Suffolk Kitters, Bury St Edmunds Radio Control Model Club and Rougham Tower Museum, which was open on the Sunday.

‘Visit To The Control Tower Aviation Museum’ By Air......Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51388212)
‘Visit To The Control Tower Aviation Museum’ By Air......Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51388212)

Next year's fly-in is due to be held on September 17 and 18.

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