Mustangs to grace skies
Cr Barnes secures historic fighters for Anzac Day flyovers at services
A P-51D Mustang Fighter will grace Anzac Day skies after sponsorship from Bundaberg Regional Council.
The fighter “Snifter” will conduct 10 fly-past salutes for regional services, including those in Childers, Woodgate and Gin Gin.
Division 5 Cr Greg Barnes unveiled the news earlier this week, and said he was pleased to confirm the charter of the fighter.
Cathay Pacific pilots Mark Hall and Brian Stephens will once again take command of the aircraft as it graces our skies with the unmistakable roar of the V12 Packard Merlin engine
“Snifter” will conduct additional circuits of Coral Cove, Innes Park, Bargara and Burnett Heads, and will also be available for joy flights on April 24.
The P-51 Mustang Fighter’s history goes back to the Second World War, where it was used by the Allies as an escort for long-range bombing raids.
Initially designed and built by North American Aviation, Mustang pilots claimed to have shot down just under 5000 enemy aircraft during the Second World War.
The P-51D was brought into action from 1944, and saw action in North American, Mediterranean and Italian theatres.
Australian services took on the aircraft in 1945 and it was built by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation in Victoria.
Mustangs were used by the Royal Australian Air Force in both the 82 Squadron in Japan and 77 Squadron in Korea.
Phone Greg Barnes on 0488 539 123 for more information.
MAIN EVENT: Mustangs will feature at Anzac Day services.