From the field
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!”