More aircraft are to be announced over the next few months but here are a few of the exciting displays we have in store:
The Douglas C47B, Serial No 44-76336, was built for the United States Army Airforce in the Douglas Aircraft Plant in Oklahoma City (USA) in late 1944. On the 27/02/1945 the aircraft was delivered to the RAAF as A65-72, civil callsign VH-CIO. The aircraft now forms part of Jeff’s “Latrobe Flying Museum”, located at the Latrobe Regional Airport in Traralgon VIC.
CA-18 Mk21 Mustang
In late 1943, an Australian aircraft company, Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC), would build P-51D Mustangs under license in Australia. After being passed around many hangars, restoration groups and museums since the war, this Mustang made its way to Tyabb Airport, in 1990, where work began to restore this fantastic machine to an airworthy condition. The day came on the 18th Dec 1998 when it was flown for the first time by Darcy O’Connor.
CAC CA-27 Sabre
The CAC Sabre, sometimes known as the Avon Sabre or CA-27, is an Australian variant of the North American Aviation F-86F Sabre fighter aircraft - redesigned and built by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC).
A number of modifications made a huge improvement over the original Sabre including the installation of the Rolls Royce Avon engine giving substantially more power.
The Sky Aces consists of 3 aircraft that perform an array of dazzling aerobatics in very close proximity. Skillful formation loops and rolls but also dynamic head to head stunts that are guaranteed to leave the spectators gasping in awe! The pilots are qualified to perform manoeuvres to surface level giving the spectators maximum viewing for the display.
Whether on the ground or in the air, this aircraft is sure to draw attention wherever it goes! The massive 1942 Grumman Avenger was a torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and features a unique folding wing arrangement for aircraft carrier operations.
Wolf pitts pro
Paul Bennet's Wolf Pitts Pro is the highest performing aerobatic biplane in the world and displays high energy, engine screaming precision aerobatics. With an astonishing 400HP engine, this biplane s capable of some unbelievably wild manoeuvres that you are unlikely to see reproduced by any other aircraft.
The T-28 Trojan is a piston-engine military trainer that was used by the United States Air Force and Navy beginning in the 1950's. Besides being a trainer, the T-28 was employed as a counter insurgency aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War.
The word "Wirraway" is an Aboriginal word meaning "challenge". The Wirraway was a training and general purpose military aircraft manufactured in Australia, built by the Commonwealth Aircraft Company between 1939 and 1946.
Latrobe Valley Pilot, Paul Andronicou will display the Extra 330SC aircraft. This is latest aircraft designed by Walter Extra of Germany. The Extra 330SC is a Lycoming AEIO-580-powered single-seat aircraft with improved roll rate and easier roll stops over earlier models. It is designed specifically for Unlimited category aerobatic competition and has proven itself to be the choice for world aerobatic pilots with this type winning the World Aerobatic Championships in 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017!
As is the nature of the event, flying displays may have to be cancelled and/or show times altered due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.
The organisers reserve the right to amend the program at their discretion.