WOW: A Yak 3 performing for the crowd at the Great Eastern Fly In.
WOW: A Yak 3 performing for the crowd at the Great Eastern Fly In.

Set your eyes to the skies for the fly-in

THE SKIES above the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome will be filled with pilots looking to thrill and entertain the crowd this weekend for the annual Great Eastern Fly-In on January 6 and 7.

"Lots of aircraft are flying in for the weekend. There'll be something for everyone," event coordinator Gai Taylor said.

The event has attracted planes nationwide.

Aircraft on show will include the P51 Mustang, historic ex-military planes, T28 Trojan, MASH helicopters, microlights, seaplanes and lots more.

 

EXHILARATING: North American P 51D Mustang 'The Flying Undertaker' on show.
EXHILARATING: North American P 51D Mustang 'The Flying Undertaker' on show.

"We're here to celebrate the World War II history of the aerodrome and have a great flying weekend," event coordinator Gai Taylor said.

"Of course, the air displays and joy flights are always a highlight, with the display program running both days."

Mrs Taylor said there would be joy flights in a whole range of planes, including the famous World War II P51 Mustang and Harvard, the mighty Yak 3, Steadfast and MASH helicopter.

She said there will also be trial instructional flights in the Microlight and Gyrocopters, where you can have a hands-on flying experience.

Visitors can take the family in the Cessna or take a ride in the three-seat RAAF Winjeel.

The Waco, a 1920's style biplane is back from a bygone era, and with two seats, you can take your friend up for a thrilling flight.

 

HISTORIC: The 23rd squadron with Ron Hursey.
HISTORIC: The 23rd squadron with Ron Hursey.

To honour veterans, there will be World War II memorial fly-over, as well as action-packed aerobatics and more.

Organisers hope to continue the success of previous years.

Last year a jet landed on site and provided flight experiences to event patrons.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed for this year, so it's a wait and see," Gai said.

But the event isn't just about the aircraft.

There is a market on Saturday with a classic car and model boat show on Sunday, ensuring that there is something for everyone.

There will also be a World War II re-enactment camp for the curious.

The camp will give an historical window into the equipment, uniforms and life of from a bygone era.

 

CAMP: The re-enactment camp at the Great Eastern Fly-In.
CAMP: The re-enactment camp at the Great Eastern Fly-In.

To keep the children entertained, the Evans Head Pre-School is proudly hosting a weekend of fun activities at the pre-school marquee.

On Sunday, January 7, they will host a paper plane competition, for both children and adults alike.

There will be a jumping castle, while children can check out the fire trucks and 'put out' the pretend fire in the Rural Fire Service display area, before cooling off from the summer heat in the spray zone.

Younger children can make paper planes and join the flying competition with Evans Pre-School or celebrate the day with face painting.

The older children and teenagers can fly on the flight simulators in the Aviation Museum, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's 'Big Bus' and Mission Australia Flight.

Entry to the aerodrome is free, while there is a small fee to visit the museum.

Donations for the charity of the year and Great Eastern Fly-In are welcome.

The event is strictly alcohol free, and an ATM will be available, as well as plenty of food options.

For safety, people are reminded to leave their dogs and drones at home.

 

AWE-INSPIRING: A formation of CT/4 T54 Nanchangs showing off at 2017's Great Eastern Fly In.
AWE-INSPIRING: A formation of CT/4 T54 Nanchangs showing off at 2017's Great Eastern Fly In.

Saturday's schedule

10:10am-10:20am - Yak 3 display

10:20am-10:30am - Mustang display

12pm-12:10pm T28 - Trojan display

12:10pm-12:20pm - World War II memorial fly over

12:20pm-12:30pm - Yak 52 aerobatic display

1:50pm-2pm - P51 Mustang aerobatic display

2pm-2:10pm - L39 display

Sunday's schedule

10:10am-10:25am - EH World War II memorial formation display

10:25am-10:35am - Mustang display

11:50am-12pm - Yak 3 display

12pm-12:10pm - Yak 52 display

12:10pm-12:20pm - T28 Trojan aerobatic display

1:40pm-1:50pm - Mustang aerobatic display

1:50pm-2pm - Aircraft display

2pm-2:10pm - Fire emergency water display

 

VINTAGE: A wide selection of vintage cars will be on display at the Great Eastern Fly-In.
VINTAGE: A wide selection of vintage cars will be on display at the Great Eastern Fly-In.


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