As part of the celebrations, the skies over the Serpentine Airfield will roar into life with heart-stopping Aerobatic & historical warbirds presented by Paul Bennet Airshows and the Royal Australian Air Force.
Here’s what aerial entertainment to expect along side the air race.
AIR FORCE ROULETTES
WOLF PITTS PRO
This rare and unique aircraft is designed for one purpose – aerobatics! It is one of the highest performing biplanes in the world, able to reach a dizzying roll rate of over 360 degrees per second. With legendary pilot Paul Bennet behind the stick, this combination will leave crowds gasping for air with an exhilarating display of death-defying aerobatics!
In 1943, during the Pacific Theatre of WWII, future-President George H. W. Bush was flying his Avenger when it was shot over the island of Chichi Jima. He was rescued at sea by an American submarine and later received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic actions in the Avenger.
The name ‘Wirraway’ was derived from the Aboriginal word meaning “Challenge” and became the first aircraft manufactured by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Because of this, the Wirraway is often cited as the foundation of Australian aircraft manufacturing.
The Trojan was first developed in 1949 and was primarily utilised as a counter-insurgency aircraft during the Vietnam War. This particular T-28 has a history dating back to 1964 when it was constructed for the US Navy. Over the decades, it has been used in aerobatic, personal and display applications in the U.S from Florida, Alaska and California.