Base celebrates 4th of July

RAF Feltwell 4th July Celebrations .''Pictured; Alexis Fontana.
RAF Feltwell 4th July Celebrations .''Pictured; Alexis Fontana.

MONDAY for many may have seemed like the start of any other week but for United States citizens July 4 brought colour, music and fun.

Around 30,000 airmen and women, their families and people from the local community visited RAF Feltwell to revel in the party atmosphere on the American air base.

RAF Feltwell 4th July Celebrations .''Pictured; Fly-by.

RAF Feltwell 4th July Celebrations .''Pictured; Fly-by.

“It’s a wonderful way to start the summer,” said Colonel John Quintas, 48th Fighter Wing commander, who took his wife and two daughters along.

Visitors were able to shop for food from a wide range of American vendors, with deep fried twinkies among the treats on offer.

There was a birds of prey demonstration, a car show featuring classic British and American cars, fun fair rides, softball games, and live music by the US Air Forces band, Wings of Dixie, and Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featured a Hawker Hurricane fighter and Lancaster bomber as well as the return of Sally B, the last airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress in Europe.

RAF Feltwell 4th July Celebrations .''Pictured;

RAF Feltwell 4th July Celebrations .''Pictured;

The RAF Red Arrows contributed to the aerial displays, making its first appearance in Feltwell, and the festivities were brought to an end with an impressive 20-minute firework display.

RAF Feltwell 4th July Celebrations .''Pictured; Medical Support Squad serving up fresh cold drinks, raising money for charity.

RAF Feltwell 4th July Celebrations .''Pictured; Medical Support Squad serving up fresh cold drinks, raising money for charity.

RAF Feltwell 4th July Celebrations .''Pictured;

RAF Feltwell 4th July Celebrations .''Pictured;