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March 17, 2011
YOU could be forgiven for thinking
the only airshow thrills of late were
to be found at Avalon in Victoria, but
you'd be wrong.
The annual Wings Over
Illawarra airshow, held on February
27, showed there was plenty of
action outside of Victoria.
Held annually at Illawarra
Regional Airport, near Wollongong
in NSW, the show is a not-for-
profit, volunteer-run collabora-
tion between the Historic Aircraft
Restoration Society (HARS) and
the Shellharbour City Council,
which owns the airport.
This year the public were treated
to a flying program rich with war-
birds and historic aircraft, restored
and operated by HARS, as well as
the Temora Aviation Museum.
Not to be outdone, the ADF
contributed an F/A-18, a C-130H,
Navy's AS350 Squirrel display team
and historic UH-1B Iroquois from
nearby HMAS Albatross, and the
Army's Red Berets parachute team.
Away from the flightline the
crowd of more than 15,000 could
get up close with HARS and ADF
aircraft and vehicles on static dis-
play, take a tethered ride in the Air
Force Balloon and view classic cars
and motorcycles belonging to local
Among the crowd were CAF
AIRMSHL Mark Binskin and CN
VADM Russ Crane.
There were even demonstrations
of historic light rail and farm equip-
Chief organiser Michael Hough
said he was thrilled with this year's
"The event went extremely well
and was just as big, if not bigger
than last year," Mr Hough said.
"Defence's participation has
always been strong and very valued.
This is our fifth year and Air Force
has been here for every show. We
were also honoured to have Chief
of Air Force and Chief of Navy in
attendance this year.
"I'd especially like to thank the
300 Air Force and Army cadets who
helped on the day -- that's a very
serious and very welcome commit-
Each year the show raises money
for a charity and this year Mr
Hough estimates they raised more
than $10,000 for home-based renal
dialysis in the Illawarra region.
Wings Over Illawarra is made
possible by the work of about
1000 volunteers from organisa-
tions including HARS, Rotary,
the Sport Aviation Association of
Australia and the Illawarra Light
The next show will be held on
February 26, 2012, but Mr Hough
invites people to come and visit
the HARS museum, which is open
seven days a week.
OLD BUS: Above, a restored ex-RAAF DC-3 Dakota
takes off at the start of its flying display during the
JOY FLIGHT: Below, cadets from 338SQN AAFC
ready themselves for a flight in the C-130H.
Photos: LAC Chris Hall
BIG BIRD: Visitors line the tarmac as the
37SQN C-130H prepares to taxi out for
its handling display while, below inset,
Temora Aviation Museum's Mk VIII Spitfire
was a sure-fire hit. Photos: LAC Chris Hall
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