Counting down to Wings Over Illawarra

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 29, 2019
The scene from the 2018 Wings Over Illawarra Air Show. (Defence)
The scene from the 2018 Wings Over Illawarra Air Show. (Defence)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pilatus PC-21 acrobatic display team are scheduled to be on display among a host of other military and civilian aircraft at the upcoming Wings Over Illawarra airshow.

The event is being held at Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park over the weekend of May 4-5.

Along with the PC-21s, the RAAF was also expected to bring its C-17A Globemaster, C-130J Hercules, C-27J Spartan, Hawk 127 Lead-in Fighter and P-8A Poseidon, as well as the Air Force ballon, to Wings Over Illawarra, according to the RAAF website.

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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was tipped to have its MH-60R Romeo and MRH90 Taipan, while Australian Army was also represented with some ground displays.

A Royal Australian Air Force No. 36 Squadron C-17A Globemaster aircraft transports Australian humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies bound for Indonesia from RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, to Darwin. (Defence)
A Royal Australian Air Force No. 36 Squadron C-17A Globemaster aircraft transports Australian humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies bound for Indonesia from RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, to Darwin. (Defence)
A 2014 file image of RAN MH-60R 'Romeo' Seahawk. (Defence)
A 2014 file image of RAN MH-60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk. (Defence)
The first two aircraft for the Air Force Roulettes in Darwin. (Sid Mitchell)
The first two aircraft for the RAAF Roulettes in Darwin. (Sid Mitchell)

In terms of civilian aircraft, the Wings Over Illawarra website indicated Red Bull Air Race competitor and former RAAF F/A-18 Hornet pilot Matt Hall will be there in his Extra 300/MXS-R.

Matt Hall performs during a training session at the first round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Abu Dhabi. (Red Bull Content Pool)
Matt Hall performs during a training session at the first round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Abu Dhabi in February 2019. (Red Bull Content Pool)

The flying program also includes a Learjet formation pair, T6 Texan and Wirraway, and Paul Bennett’s Wolf Pitts Pro, among others.

Aside from all the aviation-related attractions, the two-day event also includes freestyle motocross, classic cars and bikes, and carnival rides.

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Information on tickets and directions, as well as the full flying program, can be found on the Wings Over Illawarra website.


VIDEO: Highlights of Wings Over Illawarra 2018 from the airshow’s YouTube channel.

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