Flour power for traditional festive flights
Pilots carried out bombing raids above the skies of Leicestershire as part of a traditional Boxing Day tradition.
The qualified fliers attempted to hit an old car at Leicester airport, by dropping bags of flour.
Keen flour bomber Robert Biddles, a member of the council of management at the airport at Stoughton, said: "It's a lot of fun for the Aero Club members.
"The flour bombing has been going on for at least 20 years here and has become a Boxing Day tradition."
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Robert said about 65 light aircraft took part in the challenge, in which their passengers try to hit a Mazda car, which was positioned in the outfield away from buildings and runways, with a 1kg bag of plain flour.
Robert, 55, of Glen Parva, said: "The pilots have three runs and each time a bag is used to try to hit the target.
"The pilot tries to get as low as possible but is not allowed below 100 feet."
There is an additional challenge – precision landing – to see who can land the closest to a white line on the runway after dropping the bombs.
"I won the flour bombing a few years ago but have not clinched the precision landing yet," said Robert.
Pilot Ian Atherton, 55, of Melton, said: "I have never even come close to either the car or the white line, but it is great fun.
"I love taking part every year."