Fabulous show ‘downunder’ and news of other vintage aircraft
The Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition and Airshow 2017 or more succinctly ‘Airshow Downunder’ held at Avalon, Geelong, Victoria from 28 February to 5 March 2017, followed its usual pattern with three trade-only days followed by four public airshow days. With the trade show continuing, the large crowd was treated to a full flying display with significant military participation, a number of interesting warbirds, and privately-owned aerobatic aircraft. A large static display of vintage, veteran and classic types together with homebuilts and microlights added variety. As Nigel Hitchman illustrates here, there was an interesting selection of ‘old timers’ to be seen on the ground and in the air at this impressive airshow. For further information see: www.airshow.com.au Report & photos: Nigel Hitchman
The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society’s Super
Constellation VH-EAG was a highlight of the day and night air displays. Currently one of only two airworthy in the world, it is a very significant aircraft representing the Qantas Super Constellations that really opened up the ‘Kangaroo Route’ to London
This P-40N Kittyhawk (42-104986) was shot down by a Japanese Ki-61 ‘Tony’ over Papua New Guinea in March 1944. Recovered in 2004 it was restored as a two-seater and flown again as VH-PFO with its original USAAF 49th Fighter Group markings in March 2016.
It is now operated by Classic Air Adventure Flights offering joy rides
Rotec-powered Bristol Boxkite built by volunteers at the nearby RAAF Museum, Point Cook on show to the public for the first time since it made its initial flights in 2014
Of twenty DHA.3 Drovers built, VH-ADN is one of just two still flying. Influenced by the DH Dove but powered by three Gipsy Major engines, ‘DN was originally delivered to Qantas in 1951. Restored in the ‘80s it is now owned by Charlie Camileri (‘Vintage Joyflights’) at Bathurst