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Win family pass to this weekend’s Wings Over Illawarra

written by Adam Thorn | November 22, 2021
The Classic Hornet flying at Wings Over Illawarra in 2018

Australian Aviation is offering readers to chance to win one of four family passes to Wings Over Illawarra this weekend.

The event, located just one hour south of Sydney, will feature a farewell to the RAAF’s F/A-18 Classic Hornets as well as an aerobatic display by its replacement, the F-35.

For your chance to win, sign up to our Australian Aviation email newsletter by Wednesday 24 November 12pm AEDT to go in the draw. 

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Wings Over Illawarra was cancelled last year and this year’s event was postponed, but it will now take place on the weekend of 27–28 November.

“We don’t have one, but five Hornets coming to town, and the real drawcard is the four-ship display and simulated airfield attack that’ll close out each day,” said organiser Mark Bright.

“It’s also the first time we’ll see the Sabre, Canberra, F-35 and Classic Hornet displaying on the same day. You’d be hard-pressed to experience a flying program as unique as this again any time soon.”

It will also feature free carnival rides for children, food trucks, static aircraft displays, roving entertainment, classic car exhibits and helicopter joy flights, as well as the ability to visit the nearby HARS Aviation Museum to get up close with vintage aircraft.

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In a new development, Wings Over Illawarra has partnered with the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) to present the inaugural NSW Drone Expo.

The expo will be an annual showcase of the latest in drone technology along with flying demonstrations, including the ADF’s own drone racing teams. You can view the full program here.

Wings Over Illawarra is Australia’s largest annual airshow, and is held in the Illawarra on the NSW south coast, just over an hour south of Sydney.

Gates will be open between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with the airshow itself running from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

“Covid has been tough on everyone, and we’ve worked really hard to bring this years show to fruition,” said Mark Bright.

“Despite the no end of challenges the past 18 months have thrown our way, we’ve been able to forge ahead and pull off what will be the biggest and best airshow of 2021. That is in part thanks to the unwavering support we receive from our Wings community and the aviation industry in general.”

The positive end to the year for aviation enthusiasts comes after the organisers of AVALON cancelled entirely this year’s show.

Organisers the AMDA Foundation said it had to make the “difficult decision” in order to minimise risk and disruption for both industry participants and attendees.

The next AVALON event is now scheduled for 2023, currently expected to take place from 28 February to 5 March 2023.

Wings Over Illawarra

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