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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

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