This year sees the biggest contingent of Australian Defence Force aircraft ever at Wings Over Illawarra, with Hornets and Hawk jets, all three transport aircraft types including the new C-27J Spartan, and most ADF helicopter types on show and the first ever airshow handling display of the new P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
Australia’s aerobatic elite are also back. The two day program includes the RAAF Roulettes, Paul Bennet and the Sky Aces, Matt Hall, the Russian Roulettes, Mark Pracy, Wollongong’s Chris Clark and aerobatic solo debuts from Paul Andronicou and Tim Dugan.
“We are anticipating a long and diverse flight line of warbirds on the airfield this year,” says Mark Bright, Event Coordinator.
“The Hawker Hurricane will make its long-awaited Wings’ debut after missing last year’s show due to technical difficulties.
“Other WWII era favourites will include the Supermarine Spitfire, Avenger, Mustang and Focke-Wulf.
“For more modern warbirds, we have fast jets and jet trainers including the Sabre, Jet Provost, L-39C Albatross and the S.211 Marchetti.”
On the ground, HARS will have an expanded line up of static display aircraft, and the ADF helicopter simulators will be back.
Wings Over Illawarra’s tradition of supporting local charities in partnership with the Rotary will continue.
Details: 5-6 May, Illawarra Regional Airport, Albion Park. Tickets available online or at the gate (opens 9am). More info from www.wingsoverillawarra.com.au