Days Gone By: Were you among the crowd at a sunny RAF Bentwaters open day in 1970?

A huge crowd turned out for the open day at RAF Bentwaters in 1970. Picture: JOHN KERR

A huge crowd turned out for the open day at RAF Bentwaters in 1970. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: Archant

It was a case of look up, look down and look all around as RAF Bentwaters held its open day in 1970.

Can you name the faces in this picture? Picture: JOHN KERR

Can you name the faces in this picture? Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: Archant

As the magnificent men took to their flying machines visitors of all ages gathered to watch the skies fill with different sorts of aircraft.

Spectators watch the planes from the ground. Picture: JOHN KERR

Spectators watch the planes from the ground. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: Archant

The event seems to have been held on a bright day in 1970, with the crowds of spectators having to shield their eyes from the sun to get a good view of the planes in the sky.

Guests had a chance to 'have a go' at the Bentwaters open day in 1970. Picture: JOHN KERR

Guests had a chance to 'have a go' at the Bentwaters open day in 1970. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: Archant

Meanwhile, back on solid ground, visitors were able to learn about the site with the opportunity to sit in – or rather on – planes and get up close to some genuine military equipment all aided by staff from the base.

A huge crowd gathers at one of the display areas. Picture: JOHN KERR

A huge crowd gathers at one of the display areas. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: Archant

The event at RAF Bentwaters remained popular for many years bringing in scores of local families to see what was going on their own doorstep.

The crowd looks to the skies. Picture: JOHN KERR

The crowd looks to the skies. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: Archant

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Visitors could sit in - and on - the many aircraft on show. Picture: JOHN KERR

Visitors could sit in - and on - the many aircraft on show. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: Archant

Were you among the crowd at the RAF Bentwaters open day in 1970? Picture: JOHN KERR

Were you among the crowd at the RAF Bentwaters open day in 1970? Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: Archant


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