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Blue Mountains flies into history

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 27, 2013

The Roulettes perform over the Blue Mountains. (Brad Bridger)

More than 70 aircraft flew into history when they took part in the largest civilian flyover in Australian history and the first ever over the Blue Mountains on May 25.

Thousands flocked to witness the 75 aircraft fly overhead to mark the bicentenary of the first recognised European crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth in 1813.

The two-and-a-half-hour aerial spectacle included the RAAF Roulettes, a C-130J Hercules, Beavers, a team of Yaks and Gyrocopters.

Event flying operations co-ordinator Matt Hall said the aviation side of the event had gone off without a hitch. “This was an extremely complex exercise in logistics but the pilots all showed a tremendous amount of professionalism and skill,” Hall said.

The event was a highlight of this year’s Blue Mountains Crossings Bicentenary 2013-2015 program.

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