Blue skies, fair winds and moderate temperatures set the scene for the annual Wings Over Illawarra airshow on May 5-6.
With the Roulettes roaring overhead to open the show, a fantastic crowd was treated to a diverse range of performances from civil and military aircraft alike. Across the ages from the Boeing Stearman through to the Boeing P-8 Poseidon, from the diminutive aerobatic aircraft solo and formation displays, to the military heavy-lifters and fast jets, they were all there over two wonderful days.
For many, seeing the historic Hawker Hurricane was a highlight and Paul Bennet and Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall never disappoint, both in the air and meeting fans at sea level. Adequate food stalls, static aircraft displays, free amusement rides for the children and the chance to meet the pilots and receive an autographed poster ensured that visitors of all ages were entertained and kept content.
Wings Over Illawarra is earning a well-deserved reputation as one of the best all-round airshows given the sheer range of aircraft on display and the constant activity taking place overhead.
Undoubtedly plans have already begun for next year’s show and the public feverishly await the date to mark it on the calendar.
“Wings Over Illawarra” is a definite must-see.