Wings Over Illawarra 2016 – Defence

After 2years of weather being variable with winds and rain limiting the show, in 2016 the weather gods finally gave us suitable airshow weather – eventually.Both days had cloud and some rain on Saturday which eventually disappeared into clear blue sky and same for Sunday. Organisers Mark and Kerry Bright have remained very committed to the airshow despite the past 2 years, so it was great to see their hard efforts rewarded with a large crowd on both days. The airshow brought together HARS aircraft, local warbirds, general aviation and defence alongside stalls and community groups for a overall fun day out for people.

DEFENCE

This year the Australian Defence Force supplied Navy, Air Force and Army assets such as jets, props and helicopters.

Coming up and down from bases around Australia, the general public flocked to see the RAN/Army MRH-90, Army S-70 Blackhawk, RAN S-70B Seahawk, RAAF Roulettes PC-9s, F/A-18 Hornet, P-3 Orion and C-17 Globemaster. A C-130J Hercules didnt make the airshow this year.

For the first time at WOI the RAAF PC-9s formatted with the HARS Constellation which thrilled the crowd with a new display act.

Hopefully next year will see more ADF assets on ground and in the air wowing the public. DUAN appreciates the ADF personnel for taking their time to come to WOI and handling the many questions asked of them.

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Special thanks to Kiwi photographer Marco Keller for submitting these 2 great photos from his nearly 12,000 photos he took at WOI. Look out for more of his work in the future appearing globally…

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