Military Flying Machines Show is a roaring success

The Military Flying Machines Show returned to Upminster this weekend for a spectacular event.

There was more planned at Damyns Hall Aerodrome than ever before with historic displays, flying displays, military vehicles and a vintage fairground.

This year the show was celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Jeep and looked back at the history of the vehicle and included a line-up of rare editions and how the Jeep has evolved over the years.

There were also more than 300 military and classic vehicles from the jeeps to massive tanks, to tank transporters and heavy artillery displays.

This year they had air displays including the B-17 Flying Fortress, a pair of P51 Mustangs, The Kent Spitfire and Wing Walking.

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Visitors were also treated to more than 60 historical re-enactment displays showing life in the military from medieval times up to the modern day showing the uniforms and authentic equipment giving an insight into the life of a soldier.

There were plenty of things to try out and explore like the parade of tanks, a World War Two ‘blitz’ Anderson bomb shelter with a dig for victory garden, and a full-size submarine conning tower in the middle of the airfield.

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And there was also wartime entertainment in the huge marquee from a big band with polka dot girls – a 1940s style singing group, swing-dance lessons, a marching band and a 1940s style internet radio broadcast.

People were able to meet and talk with the veterans and Chelsea pensioners, arena activities including firepower demonstrations with a wartime field gun and mock battles throughout the weekend.

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