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Record numbers for air festival

PUBLISHED: 11:04 17 August 2009 | UPDATED: 08:25 01 August 2010

HOT weather helped bring in record-breaking numbers to an event at an air museum in Flixton on Sunday.

The Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum played host to a Royal Air Forces Association day organised by the Diss and District branch.

HOT weather helped bring in record-breaking numbers to an event at an air museum in Flixton on Sunday.

The Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum played host to a Royal Air Forces Association day organised by the Diss and District branch.

The event gave members and guests the opportunity to enjoy displays from a variety of aircraft and explore the museum and its exhibits.

Museum chairman Ian Hancock said the day, which was a combined effort between the Diss branch of RAFA and the museum, was a true success.

“It has been a fabulous day and I think we've had the largest number of visitors ever,” he said. “It's always difficult to calculate numbers but I think we're looking at something between 4,000 to 5,000 people. We've had a lot of holidaymakers who have been on the Broads, people from London and the Shires. We were practically full by midday.”

Although the Spitfire that was expected to take part in a Battle of Britain flyover was unable to make the event, crowds enjoyed an appearance by a Hurricane and a display by a trio of Stearman biplanes in cloudless blue skies.

Mr Hancock said one of the most popular attractions among visitors was a wartime aircraft simulator, which gave guests the chance to have a go at piloting while still safely on terra firma.

On the ground highlights included the appearance of an autogyro, flown in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice and piloted by Ken Wallis, who was on hand to sign copies of his biography, and a woodwind quartet from RAF Honington.

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