AVIATION fans were thrilled at the weekend as large model aircraft took to the skies.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome closed its summer events schedule with a smash success event.

The popular attraction in Flambird's Chase held its air finale on Saturday, September 18.

The Large Model Air Show attracted more than 600 visitors who flooded the site.

Following a year or more of restrictions, the impressive and intricate aircraft blasted out of Lockdown with a whoosh - and cheers from the crowds below.

Nationally renowned groups MWM Warbirds and TJD Warbirds were joined by award-winning pilots such as Rory Tooley and the Dawn Patrol fighter duo.

They were supported by model flyers from across the country, displaying a variety of periods and aircraft including jets.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome CEO Ian Flint said: "It’s always great to host this prestigious event – these models are often valued at more than £20,000 so they can’t just fly anywhere.

"There is an avid national following for this wonderfully visual hobby.

"Our Air Operations team, led by Denis Stretton – an award-winning large model pilot himself - displayed everything from 3m wingspan WW1 models through to the classic Hawk jet.

"Supported by plenty of displays on the ground, there is no doubt - Stow Maries is the perfect place for these owners to showcase their craft and skills.

"They love it as much as we do.”

The aerodrome still has a range of events coming up including stargazing nights and a popular Escape Room.

It is open to the public throughout the year from 10am to 4pm, Friday to Sunday.

Pre-arranged group visits, including coach trips, must be made by appointment.

For tickets and more information visit stowmaries.org.uk.

All photos were taken by David Davies.

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