Mustang tops military parade

A SECOND World War flypast headed a nostalgic toast to British aviation.

Crowds watched a magnificent Mustang in the sky above Debach Airfield, topping off a weekend of 1940s-themed fun.

The landing strip was lined with vintage military vehicles which completed the authentic wartime appearance.

Debach Airfield was once home the USAAF Helton’s Hellcats between 1944 and 1945 and the weekend played host to airborne displays, military re-enactments and even a 1940s jive dance.

Richard Taylor, of the Debach Airfield Museum, said: “It was touch and go whether the Mustang would fly because of the cloud base but it made it up. After a slow start it probably turned out to be one of our most popular events. Around 50 people were on the control tower alone to see the Mustang fly past.

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“We had around 50 military vehicles, including three tanks.

“The only thing missing was the Battle of Britain Hurricane which was unable to fly.”

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