Thousands enjoyed the 23rd annual Abingdon Air and Country Show where around 70 different aircraft from helicopters to Second World War fighters, as well as light and sport aircraft, were on show.

A two-and-a-half hour flying display kicked off the day, which usually attracts around 10,000 people, with Mustangs, a Yak-3, a Bronco demo team plus Wasp and Lynx helicopters.

RAF Brize Norton supplied a Boeing C17 Globemaster while a Hercules display gave the public a last chance to see the aircraft which goes out of service this year.

Show founder Neil Porter said: “47 Squadron used to be based here so it was really a nice way to give them a public send-off.”

On the ground the RAFA Red Arrows simulator was a big hit along with a display by Solent Stars Motorcycle display team, Harley Davidson motorcycles, classic and ex military vehicles, crafts and live music.

Proceeds from the festival, which has raised £100,000 for various charities since it first started in 2000, will go to Thames Valley Air Ambulance and a donation will also go to Abingdon Vesper Rotary Club.

Mr Porter, who spends six days building, running and breaking down the event afterwards with just six other volunteers, including his wife, said: “The only disappointment was the non-show of the RAF memorial flight Lancaster due to an engineering fault.

"A very popular attraction were the Saint Sled Huskies with no less than 10 types of dogs and the Solent Stars Motorcycle team to name a few."

He added: "We hope to be back next May, finances depending as it costs a huge amount to stage. It’s a good local community event. There’s only about six of us but we enjoy doing it.

“As long as the enthusiasm is there we’ll keep doing it, and there is.”