From the field

FLIGHT FAN­TAS­TIC

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Be­hind the scenes with AG

COV­ER­ING OUR STORY on the Wings over Illawarra air­show was “one of those God-send as­sign­ments with a never-to-be-for­got­ten flight in a Mus­tang thrown in for good mea­sure”, says AG pho­tog­ra­pher

Thomas Wielecki (pic­tured above).

He says that his love for air­craft and avi­a­tion is only sec­ond to his fam­ily. He de­scribes the P-51 Mus­tang as one of the most iconic of all air­craft. It was built by the USA in great num­bers dur­ing WWII and served in al­most ev­ery theatre of the war as fighter, bomber, es­cort and re­con­nais­sance. It also fought in the Korean war.

“Only 200 Mus­tangs were built in Aus­tralia. This one was retro­fit­ted with a pas­sen­ger seat be­hind the pi­lot,” Thomas says. “In it I was taken for a joy flight over the Illawarra by Ge­off Kubank of the Ca­bool­ture syn­di­cate. I had my cam­era with me and the flight in­cluded a few bar­rel rolls – lit­tle did I re­alise how heavy my cam­era would be­come be­cause of the G-forces dur­ing some of the ma­noeu­vres!”

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