Home' Air Force News : September 30th 2010 Contents LAC Aaron Curran
IN A SCENE straight out of the hit
TV series Top Gear, a Porsche 911
Turbo went up against a 76SQN
Hawk 127 in a performance demon-
stration at the 2010 Williamtown Air
The demonstration was organised
to raise funds for the charity Make
a Wish Australia with Porsche Cars
Australia and Air Force jumping at the
opportunity to be involved.
76SQN Qualified Flying Instructor
FLTLT Tim Ireland was the pilot up
against the Public Relations Manager
for Porsche Australia, Paul Ellis, in
four demonstrations over the two days
of the air show.
Two were a 1000m demonstration
from a standing start and the remain-
der were a rolling start over the same
distance and then back again.
FLTLT Ireland said the demonstra-
tions went really well.
"As expected the Porsche was
pretty quick off the line," he said.
"It can do 0 to 100km/hr in just
form up close as
they start their
Photo: CPL David
TAKE A BOW,
over three seconds, and the poor old
Hawk is pretty heavy in comparison
from a standing start."
Mr Ellis said that from a standing
start traction always beats thrust over
the initial acceleration period, but it
was the rolling start where the power
of the Hawk got up on the Porsche.
"I came in as slow as I could,
which was around 250km/h, and flew
over the top of the Porsche who took
off when signalled," FLTLT Ireland
"The 1km up and back was always
going to be the one for me to win."
Mr Ellis said the Porsche had a
tighter turning circle but the Hawk
had a lot more speed so he wasn't
surprised when it flashed past his side
window on the way back.
Out of the four seats available in
the Porsche, two were auctioned on
eBay and the other two at the 76SQN
stand at the air show.
"The first passenger was a bit
scared," Mr Ellis said.
"It can be quite intimidating if you
have never been in a car at 260km/hr.
"But my second passenger was
from the Air Force and he had an
absolute ball and couldn't encourage
me to go fast enough."
It was at the last auction where
Make a Wish did well.
A man paid $1300 for a ride but it
was not for himself -- he bought it for
his unsuspecting wife.
The Chief Executive Officer of
Make a Wish Australia, Vici Funnel,
said it was an amazing two days for
Make a Wish, the Air Force, BAE
Systems and Porsche with $3000
raised from the auctions alone.
"Our object was to make as much
money for sick children as possible,"
"It was an amazing event and the
Air Force was wonderful. It was also
beautiful to see Max, our Make a
Wish child, with the pilots."
It wasn't just the passengers who
had fun during the event, FLTLT
Ireland was also amazed.
"It was great fun to show off the
Hawk and good to fly in front of
a crowd, which is something that
we don't usually get to do," FLTLT
"I only saw this type of thing done
on Top Gear and definitely did not
expect this to happen with us."
Asked at the end if he preferred a
$400,000 Porsche or a Hawk, FLTLT
Ireland's rather diplomatic reply was,
"I don't have the space in my garage
for a Hawk, so it's got to be the
FAST PERFORMANCE: Above, 76SQN Qualified
Flying Instructor FLTLT Tim Ireland, front, with
Paul Ellis, Porsche Cars Australia Public Relations
Manager, in front of a Hawk 127 and Porsche
911; left, the line-up for one of their performance
demonstrations over the two days of the air show.
Photos: LAC Aaron Curran and LAC Craig Barrett
2010 Williamtown Air Show
September 20, 2010
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