The ‘Norwegian Wings over North Weald’ fun day and fly-in on Sunday 9 September promises to be a family day out to remember!
The event, organised by Weald Aviation, Epping Forest District Council and The Squadron, is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Norwegian Squadron’s arrival at RAF North Weald. A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Spitfire, RAF Sea King helicopter fly-pasts, static displays of warbirds, jets and RAF trainers should satisfy the needs of any plane enthusiast. Norwegian World War II veterans will be flown in for the weekend by the Royal Norwegian Air Force in a Hercules transport plane, accompanied by F-16 Fighting Falcons.
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Chairman of Council Councillor Brian Rolfe said: “North Weald Airfield has a very special relationship with Norway and we are always delighted to welcome back the veterans who flew from there during the Second World War. I am looking forward to meeting them all, as we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to them.”
On display, visitors can admire and interact with military vehicles and re-enactors. There will be a classic car and bike show, including a Harley Davidson ride-in. Free children’s rides and bouncy castles will be available in the ‘Adventure Corner’ and a community arena full of stalls and displays will keep the whole family entertained. A licensed bar and refreshments will be available, so visitors can come along and stay for the day. Helicopter pleasure flights will also be on offer.
Next to the Squadron, volunteers will be opening a ‘Little Norway’ memorial revetment (an embankment to provide blast protection for parked aircraft), celebrating the close ties North Weald has with the people of Norway.
The climax of the event will be the departure of the F16s and the Hercules, which will form up above the Airfield for a final flypast before they head back home.
Councillor Rolfe concluded: “This should be a fantastic day and there will be something there for everyone.”
The event runs from 10am until 4.30pm, with arena displays from 11am. Entrance is £5 per person. The profits from the day will be donated to the Royal Air Forces Association’s Battle of Britain Wings Appeal.