WOI 2013 Airshow review

The annual Wings Over Illawarra / HARS 2013 airshow was held in May 2013 and the theme this year was a focus on the Royal Australian Navy’s 100th anniversary. The airshow saw a gathering of diverse aircraft at the Albion Park airport in Wollongong NSW, with many aircraft on display located in and near the HARS museum buildings. The airshow saw many aircraft flying but unfortunately due to schedules for maintenance the usual stars, the HARS Constellation and Neptune were on the ground for this year. The airshow saw well known aerobatic pilot Matt Hall doing great flying and also doing aerobatics were the RAAF Roulettes in their PC-9s. HARS warbirds were flying which saw the Catalina, C-47 Dakota, DHC-4 Caribou featuring throughout the day. Jeff Trappett brought his CAC Mustang up from Victoria for some flying, as did the Temora Aviation Museum who brought their WW2 era Hudson bomber and CAC Boomerang fighter. Jets were on show with the RAAF Bae Hawks trainers from 76 Sqn, TAM Meteor and a civil Jet Provost in rarely seen desert colours doing some flying. Ground displays saw the new RAAF loaned F-111C A8-109 to HARS on display, the HARS collection including the DC-4 undergoing repair and started to have colours with some of its new airline colours showing, the Canberra bomber T.21 trainer and 3 SP-2H Neptunes were also getting the crowd’s attention. The RAN SH-60 Seahawk and MRH-90 were in attendance representing naval aviation. The next airshow in 2014 will hopefully see the Connie and Neptune back in the air supporting the usual growing airshow action.

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