Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

Old Buckenham Airfield is delighted to announce two of the stars of the Old Buckenham Airshow on the 1st and 2nd August. Both aircraft are well used to being stars,
having featured in a myriad of Hollywood blockbusters after a storied war career. Along the way they have both earned the moniker of being the single most famous aircraft of all time.

Arguably the more famous of the pair is Supermarine Spitfire MH434. MH434 is the only flying Spitfire to have never been fully restored. She was first flown by aviation aces, securing an enviable record in WWII, before herself becoming the stuff of legend with starring roles in movies such as A Bridge Too Far, The Longest Day, Hope & Glory and Battle of Britain, to name but a few.

MH434 will be joined by her hangar mate, the war hero, air racing, film star, P-51D Mustang “Ferocious Frankie”. Like MH434, Frankie had an enviable war career. Prior to film stardom, she was entered into the world famous air race at Reno where only a heavily modified, vastly more powerful machine relegated her to 2nd. A short while later a movie career beckoned, with roles in Saving Private Ryan, Memphis Belle, Hart’s War and an iconic role in Empire of the Sun. Frankie also enjoys further stardom in being the aircraft featured on the Airshow’s poster, extolling the virtues of America, this year’s theme.

Both aircraft belong to the Old Flying Machine Company at Duxford. They are both irreplaceable and there is no method of calculating their true value. Despite this, both can be seen at Old Buckenham on the 2nd August, being pushed to their limits by some of the best pilots in aviation and displayed as if they just left the factory.

Matt Wilkins, Airshow Organiser “Most Hollywood actors can only dream of the credits these two aircraft have earned and we’re delighted to be able to bring these icons from the big screen to the Airshow. Everyone will have seen their performances at the cinema, but nothing quite compares to watching them use their Rolls-Royce Merlin engines to demonstrate the extraordinary performance and beauty that made them instant icons seventy years ago.”

Further information on MH434 and Ferocious Frankie can be  found at www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk, where tickets are  now on sale.