Cen­te­nary air show for Nhill

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Nhill’s rep­u­ta­tion as an avi­a­tion hot spot will gain mo­men­tum later this year with plan­ning un­der­way for an­other ma­jor air show.

Nhill Avi­a­tion Her­itage Cen­tre of­fi­cials have pen­cilled in Oc­to­ber 26 for The 2019 Nhill Air Show with a prom­ise of a ‘big­ger and bet­ter’ event.

A 2015 show, which cel­e­brated 75 years since the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force es­tab­lished a base at Nhill Aero­drome, at­tracted a crowd of be­tween 3500 and 4000 avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts.

Peo­ple trav­elled from across Vic­to­ria and beyond for the oc­ca­sion, which in­volved al­most five hours of air­craft flight dis­plays, ma­noeu­vres and aer­o­bat­ics.

This year’s air show will co­in­cide with the 100th an­niver­sary of the first plane to land at Nhill aero­drome and be part of ex­ten­sive cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions.

Show con­venor Rob Lynch said the Nhill Avi­a­tion Her­itage Cen­tre Air Show sub-com­mit­tee had been work­ing ‘be­hind the scenes’ and was ready to share the news.

He said the air show promised to be an­other fan­tas­tic avi­a­tion event.

“Since the suc­cess­ful 2015 air show, a week hasn’t gone by with­out some­one ask­ing when the next one will be,” he said.

“The her­itage cen­tre com­mit­tee has spent the past cou­ple of years work­ing on a Wir­raway project. Now the Wir­raway has landed and is on dis­play, we can con­cen­trate on the next event – this year’s air show.

“It will be an ac­tion-packed day in­volv­ing a va­ri­ety of air­craft dis­plays, demon­stra­tions and fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment.

“We have re­viewed what worked and what we can do bet­ter from 2015 and we’ve started work­ing on mak­ing the 2019 event even big­ger and bet­ter.”

Mr Lynch said the or­gan­is­ing group would be call­ing for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for cater­ing in Fe­bru­ary and look­ing for com­mu­nity in­volve­ment along the way.

“We en­cour­age every­one to like Nhill Avi­a­tion Her­itage Cen­tre and Nhill Air Show Face­book pages to stay up-to-date with all air-show news and in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

A dis­play by RAAF Roulettes pre­ci­sion fly­ing team led a se­ries of high­lights on a 2015 pro­gram and pa­trons also soaked up death-de­fy­ing aer­o­bat­ics and fly-overs from his­toric ‘war birds’ in­clud­ing a P40 Mus­tang, Wir­raway and Boomerang, and a Marchetti S2-11 jet.

Mr Lynch said the breadth of at­trac­tions would de­pend heav­ily on how much spon­sor­ship the event could at­tract.

“We had won­der­ful sup­port last time and much will again de­pend on how many spon­sors come on board,” he said.

The air show will have a 1919 theme to cor­re­spond with the cen­te­nary and Mr Lynch said the ‘feel­ers’ would be out to see if there were any peo­ple who could bring his­toric air­craft ap­pro­pri­ate for the oc­ca­sion.

“We are talk­ing about planes that might be about 100 years old or built to 100-year-old de­signs,” he said.

“It is so hard to get them here but if any­one has these types of planes they are more than wel­come to get in touch.

“Of course we also wel­come any­one with his­toric air­craft of any kind.

“We’re very ex­cited. We’re en­cour­ag­ing any­one in­volved with, or who vis­ited, the first air show to get be­hind us again and of course any­one else to come along and ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing spe­cial.

“This air show is be­ing put on sim­ply be­cause of pop­u­lar de­mand.”

Peo­ple can gain more in­for­ma­tion about the 2019 Nhill Air Show at web­site www.nhillavi­a­tion­her­itage­cen­tre. com.au.

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