Sunday, April 14, 2013

Barossa Airshow

This year's Barossa air show was held today.  The weather forecast was not brilliant, with showers forecast, but they either got it wrong or they dodged the Barossa! It was cloudy at first, but came good in the afternoon.  I went with a friend of mine, Mike Simms, and you can see his blog here.

First up was the model aircraft club, with a good mix of radio controlled gliders, training aircraft and even a Eurofighter jet.

There was an interesting mix of planes, both civil and military. civilian aircraft including this light sports aircraft an Aeroprakt Foxbat, the unique "push me, pull you" Cessna 337 skymaster, and an Airtractor AT802 water bomber from the CFS.

The local Gliding and Parachute clubs were also represented.

As always, Aerobatics was high on the list, with the RAAF Roulettes putting up a 5 ship team of Pilatus PC-9s instead of their usual 6.

Various Australian Aerobatic champions were here, including Paul Andronicou, in his Extra 300S, and Tony Blair, in his Rebel 300.  Chris Sperou also did his usual shows, though his Pitts "super stinker" is sporting a flashy new livery since I last saw it.


Military aircraft of yesteryear included the sedate DHC-1 Chipmunk, and DH-82 Tiger Moth.  Not so sedate was the immaculate T-28 Trojan. The Yak-52 and Nangchangs of Adelaide Warbirds  showed us some formation flying, before the Yak did a solo display.


Finally, a nice display by the 80% sized replica Spitfire (Which the commentator embarrassingly kept calling a model!), and a surprise visit from the CA-12 Boomerang.

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