Mus­tangs to grace skies

Cr Barnes se­cures his­toric fighters for An­zac Day fly­overs at ser­vices

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG BUN250414CAS15

MAIN EVENT: Mus­tangs will fea­ture at An­zac Day ser­vices.

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