Aircraft old and new fly-in for airfield fun

Rougham, Suffolk. Rougham Airfield all comers fly in over the bank holiday weekend, pictured is Peter Elliott who built Hanley Page Halifax Bomber in Radlett, Hertfordshire during the war. Sitting on the wheel of a Stinson l-5 Sentinel.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
Rougham, Suffolk. Rougham Airfield all comers fly in over the bank holiday weekend, pictured is Peter Elliott who built Hanley Page Halifax Bomber in Radlett, Hertfordshire during the war. Sitting on the wheel of a Stinson l-5 Sentinel. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Organisers are celebrating the success of the first ‘fly-in’ event this year at Rougham Airfield.

More than 50 pilots took part arriving in everything from vintage aircraft to microlights, autogyros and helicopters.

Rougham, Suffolk. Rougham Airfield all comers fly in over the bank holiday weekend. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Rougham, Suffolk. Rougham Airfield all comers fly in over the bank holiday weekend. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Notable aricraft at the All Comers Fly In included a Tiger Moth, an Auster, some modern homebuilt RVs and a Quick microlight.

More than 200 people attended over the weekend and also visited the museum to discover the history of the former American B17 flying base.

“It was a great success with around 50-60% of people visiting the airbase and museum for the first time,” said Andrew Caldecott, committee member of the Rougham Control Tower and Aviation Museum.

“The storm on Saturday bought a lot of wind with it but we still had 21 aircraft followed by 36 the following day.”

Rougham Control Tower , originally known as RAF Bury St Edmunds, is a former RAF station.

The airfield was built between 1941 and 1942 with the Rougham control tower, now and an aviation museum, dedicated to the American Airmen and women who served with USAAF 8th Airforce during WWII.

The museum is looking for more committee members and has new website at www.rctam94th.co.uk

For more pictures, see this week’s Bury Free Press newspaper.