Mudgee Wings, Wheels and Wine – April 2016

Mudgee in central western NSW held their regular Wings, Wheels and Wine event which took place on 24 April 2016. Put on by the Aeroclub and created to bring people to the airport and town, it has being run now for several years with success.

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Attracting aircraft, vintage vehicles, wineries, stalls – the show has developed into a good mix of a day out for regional NSW. A variety of general aviation, warbirds and recreational types on display.

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The review is set out as per the program –

Morning drop flag drop – A Cessna 182 dropped a parachutist while Paul Bennet ,flying the Wolf Pitts circled around them as they descended.

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Paul then went into a solo display routine.

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Model aircraft – F/A-18 Hornet in RCAF colours

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Superstol

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Sky Aces formation

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Fly Pelican – through out the day a regular RPT airline service intermixed with the airshow.

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T-6 Harvard – Fleet Warbirds. A display was flown by Tim Dugan during the day.

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L-39  Albatross – Fleet Warbirds. It was flown during the show for display routine. Afterwards it was also flown on adventure flights. Owner Lachie Onslow allowed me to climb up and check out the jet for size and layout.

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When moving the aircraft the boss even gets involved…….all team members gets hands on in moving the ‘Tross around.

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PBA – Grumman Avenger – A rugged powerful and nimble WW2 torpedo and attack bomber.

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Ever wanted to see a Avenger do a wing fold, well this is what happens…..

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Gyrocopter

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PBA – Yak -52 – Flown by Glenn Graham in the display routine.

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Spitfire – replica

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PBA – Wolf Pitts Pro flown by Paul Bennet

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PBA – Pitts flown by Glenn Collins and Glenn Graham

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Commercial Helicopters  –  Bell 206. Based at Mudgee they conduct a variety of commercial and charter business operations. It flew joyflights around the Mudgee area during the airshow, showing passengers the winery and scenery. It also did a fire bombing water drop.

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PBA – CAC Wirraway

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 PBA – T-28 Trojan

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T-6 Harvard – Flown by Rob Kuru. Aircraft is based in Cessnock NSW.

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Beaver flown in by Mr Kennedy from Gunnedah along with his daughter.

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Other general aviation at the airport and aircraft on display.

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Volunteers and people who make the show happen. For some of the teams their families and partners are on site helping out…..and even kids too get involved with aviation following their parents to the airshows. Support from aviation owners and volunteers who run the show on the ground are what make it happen.

A lot of paperwork, effort – physical and mental goes into making the event each time work superbly.

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I was able to during the day get to sit in one of the warbirds – Lachie Onslow’s L-39 Albatross and try it on for size.

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After the airshow had finished……..I did have some difficulty finding my car in the carpark and getting out with the ensuring traffic jam.  I then left Mudgee to drive back home to Sydney.. Overall it was a 21hr day out for me by the time I got home.

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The next WWW event is due in April 2018.

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