Before you view our list of aircraft attending Airshow 2019, we would invite you to read the following information which outlines the criteria and/or conditions we abide by when seeking civil and military display participants for an event.
We have many queries as to why certain performers are not selected to participate at the Australian International Airshow.
Firstly, we can assure you that all Australian and international acts are considered for each event. When asked why we don’t have a particular performer at the event, one who has perhaps displayed over consecutive shows, the question we have to ask is – should we favour one single performer when there are so many talented performers in Australia.
Over the last few events we have introduced new acts to the flying display programme, performers who have displayed and competed overseas, but have not had the opportunity to display at Australia’s premier air show event, the Australian International Airshow.
The line-up at AIRSHOW 2017 was vastly different to that of recent events and received tremendous feedback from the public for the fresh and varied flying displays. For AIRSHOW 2019 we have continued to vary the line-up with the selection of several new performers.
While we would like to select as many performers as possible the reality is that we are constrained by the economic climate, the need to implement variety in the flying display and display time available.
We will continue to select new local and international performers, while at the same time past performers will return to future events.
We have many queries as to why various Air Forces are not present at the event.
Aside from the civil side of the event, the Australian International Airshow is the preeminent event for showcasing the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and is run in conjunction with the Chief of Air Force Symposium.
Invites to foreign Air Forces are sent by Chief of Air Force to respective heads of foreign Air Forces to attend the symposium and to consider supporting the event with aircraft for static and flying displays. Factors such as operational requirements and budgets, political considerations and distance are some of the reasons that invitees may, or may not, decided to attend.
In 2017, Foreign Air Forces in attendance included the Royal Air Force (A400M), Royal Canadian Air Force (CC130J), US Navy (P8 Poseidon), United States Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Japanese Air Self-Defence Force, French Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Some of the participating Air Forces at previous events have included the Royal Air Force, United States Navy, Russian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
We continue to work with the RAAF in developing relationships with Air Forces within the region and beyond with the aim of increased participation at future events.
We are very grateful for the support we receive from the RAAF and any Foreign Air Force attending the 2019 event. Their participation takes a large operational, financial and logistical commitment – not just for the military asset to attend, but also for the associated personnel it takes to manage its attendance.
It is possible that an aircraft can cancel its participation prior to its arrival at the event. There are numerous factors as to why but it may include operational commitments, higher priority tasking, technical issues and budgetary restrictions. All of these are outside of our control.
Attending military aircraft at AIRSHOW 2019 are designated as either flying display or static display aircraft by their respective Air Force. The decision to make them either flying or static may be driven by a number of factors including, the availability and currency of an approved display pilot, crew rest requirements and other operational factors.
We look forward to welcoming all of our civil and military participants at AIRSHOW 2019 and hope you enjoy the flying and static display of our civil, RAAF and foreign Air Force participants.
The SkyAces are Australia’s only high performance civilian aerobatic team consisting of four biplanes piloted by of Australia’s finest aerobatic pilots.
We are privileged that Paul Bennet Airshows will debut the Four Ship SkyAces Display at AIRSHOW 2019.
The SkyAces demonstrate absolute precision whilst flying formation loops and rolls less than two meters apart!
This precision accompanied with head to head passes just meters from the ground and a sky full of smoke come together to create the unforgettable SkyAces experience.
Paul Bennet hand picked Australia’s finest aerobatic pilots to fly with him in the SkyAces Team. Glenn Graham, Glenn Collins and Ben Lappin are highly skilled aerobatic and display pilots.
Make sure you don’t miss the SkyAces performance at an air show near you! – Smoke on!
The team started with Lindsay Sinclair, the father of eastern bloc aircraft’s introduction into Australia. The group comprised of enthusiasts that toured Australia in their Russian flying machines.
The name "Russian Roolettes" evolved at a Queensland Airshow. The RAAF Roulettes could not get to the show due to severe weather between them and the show venue. The organisers approached Lindsay and his group, asking if they could do some flypasts to fill in for the RAAF Roulettes. Lindsay said yes. When the organisers asked for a name, Lindsay made one up on the fly... "Call us the Russian Roolettes"... The name has stuck ever since.
The Russian Roolettes aircraft are hangared in Southern Highlands of NSW at the Berrima district aero club field at Mittagong. All training is performed at Cowra where they train regularly to keep their skills sharp. They are unique in flying two different types of aircraft in a synchronised display. The aim is to always have something in front of the crowd.
The team fly the Nanchang CJ-6A and the YAK-52, both of these aircrafts come from a common linage the YAK-18. Subsequent development by the Russians lead to the YAK-52. The Chinese development resulted in the Nanchang. Both aircraft share many design features one of which is a complete lack of Hydraulics. Pneumatic systems are used for engine start, undercarriage retraction/extension, wheel braking and flap operation.
The Russian Roolettes should not be missed!
Australian International Airshow debutant in the form of the “Air Bandits” display team with pilots from Lithuania and Romania.
Their team leader Jurgis Kayris is no stranger to our event having displayed both as a solo act and as part of the Immortals and Tin Stix of Dynamite teams. It specialises in a series of high-energy, heart stopping routines and has established a world wide reputation for its precision flying.
The amazing aerial antics will startle and captivate. They will leave their awe-struck audiences in wonderment as to how they do what they do!
Back by popular demand, Johan will thrill crowds once more at AIRSHOW 2019!
Witness the amazing skill and aerial artistry of World Gliding Champion Johan Gustafsson and discover why he is one of the hottest acts on the European air show circuit.
Johan will perform both daytime and night shows. His day show features a series of highly impressive manoeuvres as coloured smoke pours from his wingtips. His twilight show includes a massive LED illumination and spectacular pyrotechnic effects.
In 1980 Dave Benson took up skydiving as a personal interest where his talents progressed to a level where he was regularly involved in displays around the country.
Dave soon recognised the need to create more than just an ‘aerial show’ for sponsors so he came up with the concept of carrying flags bearing the sponsors logo during the display.
Rodney Benson has carried on the tradition with Rod Benson Skydive Australia where he has displayed throughout Australia and world wide. From father to son, the Benson’s have been part of the Australian International Airshow ever since it’s conception.
The Temora Aviation Museum inspires the community to acknowledge the role played by Australia’s historic ex-military aircraft, and encourages visitors to learn and be inspired through its collection of aircraft to remember the efforts of the men and women who flew and supported them during times of conflict.
The Temora Aviation Museum is first and foremost a flying Museum, and its Flying Displays are conducted by the Temora Historic Flight Club (THFC) which is a separate entity from the Museum. All flight operations are under the control and direction of the THFC Director of Flying Operations. The Museum is a non-profit organisation which receives its funding through private donations.
The Cessna A-37B Dragonfly is a development of an aircraft originally designed, in 1952 (the T37 Tweet) as a trainer for the US Air Force. The A-37B in its current configuration is designed as a ground attack aircraft and was developed to meet the COIN (counter insurgency) role.
The US Government supplied 254 Cessna A-37B Dragonflies to the Vietnam Air Force (VNAF) during the Vietnam War. After the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, ninety-five VNAF A-37B aircraft were captured and incorporated into the Vietnamese People's Air Force. The aircraft in the collection were among those captured.
In 1989, Colin Pay (who rebuilt the Museum's Spitfire) and Noel Vinson found several Dragonflies in Vietnam. Subsequently, ten have been purchased from the Government of Vietnam and brought to Australia.
VH-XVA carries constructor’s number is 68-10779.
This Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI is an ex-wartime example, built at Vickers Armstrong's Castle Bromwich "shadow factory", near Birmingham, in late 1944.
The aircraft’s first action was on 24 March (wearing squadron code FU-P) when, laden with two 250lb bombs and a long range belly tank, the aircraft headed a flight of four Spitfires for an armed reconnaissance; briefed to bomb rail targets in the Utrecht/Hague/Leiden area.
On 17 July 1951 TB863 suffered a takeoff mishap and was struck off charge as scrap. The aircraft was subsequently purchased by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a stage prop for their film on wartime pilot Douglas Bader, filmed in 1955 as "Reach for the Sky". Twelve years later TB863 emerged to be dusted down for a further film role in the "Battle of Britain". The aircraft was utilized as a spares supplier for those aircraft actually flying in the film.
Since then, the aircraft has appeared at many airshows throughout New Zealand, wearing the exact colours and markings of No. 453 Squadron R.A.A.F. - the uniform it wore on its first operational sortie across the English Channel in 1945.
Temora Aviation Museum acquired the aircraft in May 2006.
The Hudson was one of those largely unsung types of aircraft which served the Allies faithfully and well during the war on most fronts and with little fanfare.
Derived from the Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra 12 passenger transport, the Model 14L/214/414 Hudson first flew in December 1938 and by the time of production ended in mid-1943, a total of 2,941 examples had been built, most of which served the Royal Air Force and Commonwealth countries.
The Royal Australian Air Force received 247 Hudsons between January 1940 and May 1942 in several versions.
Hudson A16-112 was built in 1939 and received ex USA on 5th December 1941. Post-war, it was sold to East-West Airlines and became their flagship, VH-EWA and served with other Hudson's for the next six years.
This aircraft was purchased by the Temora Aviation Museum from Malcolm Long and will be operated as a tribute to Hudson crews of World War II.
The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) Boomerang was a single seat fighter/army cooperation aircraft powered by a 1,200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S3C4G Twin Wasp 14 cylinder twin row radial engine.
Built in response to Australia's urgent need for fighter aircraft in WWII, the Boomerang utilised the design principles and construction techniques of the Wirraway advanced trainer, already in production at CAC.
Such was the speed of its development that no actual prototype was produced. From official approval by the Government to proceed with the Boomerang production to the time of the first official flight was a little over sixteen weeks, a remarkable achievement by world standards. The Boomerang still remains to this day the only fully Australian designed and built fighter aircraft to see production.
Following the flight of the first Boomerang on 29th May 1942, a further 249 Boomerangs were constructed under four separate contracts between 1942 and 1945. Model designations were CA-12, CA-13, CA-19 and one CA-14 experimental turbocharged version. This same aircraft A46-1001 was later subjected to further major design changes and redesignated the CA-14A.
Douglas C-47B is owned and flown by ex-RAAF Squadron Leader and Trans Australian Airlines Captain Jeff Trappett.
The aircraft was delivered to the United States Army Air Force on 12 February 1945 as 44-76336 and was immediately transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force. The aircraft was used by RAAF during WWII in the Pacific Campaign again the Japanese. After 4 years the aircraft was sold to Adastra Airways as VH-AGU before being sold again to East West Airlines. After changing hands numerous times the aircraft was finally purchased by Jeff in 1993.
Paul Andronicou has been flying since the age of 17! To say Paul has an abundance of flying experience is an understatement! He has flown competitively in Competition Aerobatics and at the Unlimited Class 1995. Paul will fly the finest aerobatic aircraft to date, EXTRA 330SC at AIRSHOW 2019.
The performance will include a high speed roll rate, vertical penetration allowing lower star t heights for figured, dynamic start and finish of figures, flying the aircraft into and out of gyroscopic manoeuvres with control and precision is all on offer with this new aircraft.
The Jetworks Display Team comprises of 2 x SIAI-Marchetti S.211 jet trainers flying as a Syncro Pair and flown by ex-RAAF Engineer Steve Gale and ex-RAAF Pilot and Roulettes Leader Steve Baker.
The aircraft were previously operated by the Republic of Singapore Air Force and flown out of RAAF Pearce, WA in the training role before being replaced by the Pilatus PC21.
The Lockheed L-12A Junior Electra on display at AIRSHOW 2019 is owned and flown by Doug Hamilton from Whorouly in Victoria. VH-HID was built by the Lockheed Aircraft Company, Burbank, California in 1937 and was delivered to the United States Army Air Corps on the 23 March 1939 as a C-40A. Allocated serial number 38-545 the aircraft was reclassified as a UC-40A in January 1943.
Following the end of WWII the aircraft was sold by the military and entered the US Aircraft Register as NC48471. It remained in the US with various operators and changes of registrations until cancelled in as a US aircraft and re-registered in Australia as VH-HID on 16 September 1987. The aircraft was eventually registered to Doug Hamilton on 9 August 2007 after being owned and flown by a number of operators since arriving in Australia.
The aircrafts current owner is ex-airline pilot Nick Caudwell who started this ambitious project as a retirement project.
Building his aircraft as authentic as possible was one thing, making it look truly authentic was almost an impossible task. But with tenacity and determination, Nick managed this remarkable feat even down to the use of totally original instrumentation sourced from all over the world.
The aircraft is finished in the colours of Captain Elwyn Roy ‘Bo’ King DSO DFC of No 4 Squadron Australian Flying Corps, thus giving the appropriate recognition to Australia’s highest scoring Snipe Ace.
This particular P-40N Kittyhawk is owned and flown by Allan Arthur and is based out of Albury, Victoria. It was built by the Curtis Wright Aircraft Corporation in 1943 and was allocated the serial 42-104687 with the United States Army Air Force. It was subsequently re-allocated to the Royal New Zealand Air Force under the wartime Lend-Lease Act with the serial number NZ3125.
After disposal and surviving the scrap-mans axe, the aircraft was rebuilt and flown again in 2006 as VH-ZOC. The aircraft is painted in the markings of No 112 Squadron Royal Air Force and coded GA-Q as flown by Australian pilot Flt Lt Maurice Mathias in North Africa.