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HARS organises largest warbirds flypast for ANZAC Day 2022

written by Hannah Dowling | April 21, 2022

A former RAAF Caribou is one of seven aircraft that will feature in the HARS Aviation Museum flypasts for ANZAC Day. (Mark Keech)

The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) is putting on its largest-ever flypast over seven locations across the NSW South Coast, Illawarra, and Sydney, in honour of ANZAC Day 2022.

Up to seven iconic warbird aircraft will be used in aerial displays that will span from Kiama to Sydney CBD, on Monday, 25 April.

The aircraft on the schedule include an Orion, Mustang, Harvard, and Huey Helicopter, which will fly over the South Coast from Kiama, Kangaroo Valley and Wollongong, while a Tracker, Dakota, and Caribou will fly past Cronulla, Coogee and Sydney City.

First, all seven aircraft will overfly the HARS Aviation Museum at Shellharbour in a long line astern sequence, led by the Orion at 8:10am. The display will include two passes before the aircraft return to the airport.

Shortly after, from 9:40am, the Orion, Mustang and Huey will make three passes over Burelli Street, Wollongong from east to west, before heading south to Kiama.

The aircraft will travel along the coast to fly along Tarralong Street, Kiama, in a north-westerly direction, for two passes at about 10:30am, before moving inland via Berry, for two passes over Kangaroo Valley.

Meanwhile, further north from 9:30am, the Dakota, Caribou and Tracker will fly north from Shellharbour to overfly Cronulla beach shortly before 10:00am.

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The aircraft will continue their line astern formation to fly over Goldstein Reserve at Coogee at 10:00am at the conclusion of the ANZAC march by Coogee, Randwick and Clovelly RSL members.

Following the Coogee salute, the aircraft will continue to fly north to Long Reef and wait for air traffic clearance to flyover Garden Island then along Elizabeth Street in a northerly direction over the Sydney ANZAC Day march at 10.30am.

Once all displays are complete, all seven aircraft will return to the HARS Aviation Museum where they will remain on show for visitors, alongside the museum’s other historical aircraft.

Other warbirds of note on display at the HARS Museum include a former RAAF supersonic F-111C, three 1960s Neptune maritime patrol aircraft, a Catalina, a Winjeel, additional Dakotas, a former RAN Wessex helicopter, Vampire and Sea Venom jets plus airliners including “Connie”, the former Lockheed Super Constellation and the only Boing 747-400 remaining in Australia.

Comment (1)

  • Neil Campbell

    says:

    It would be nice to see some of these HARS aircraft finding there way down to Melbourne, but we might have to wait until the 2023 Air show at Avalon.

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