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Australian International Airshow 2001

(100 good photos of the first big airshow in the year 2001) -from Hartmut Seidel-

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Part C ( photos 65 to 100 ) Warbirds and other historic aircrafts:

Mustang

Mustang

Mustang

Three Mustangs were to see in the flying programme. The usual name of the American-built Mustang is North American P-51 D Mustang. But all this three Mustangs here have been built under licence in Australia and their name is Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-18 Mustang. Wall of Fire

Wall of Fire

Wall of Fire

The three Mustangs have shown an attack demonstration. A part of this attack demonstration on Saturday was the very impressive Wall of Fire. The Wall of Fire was also to see in the night during the Friday night alight airshow. But no Wall of Fire was on Sunday because of safety instructions as a result of the Sunday weather conditions. It was very hot (37 degrees) and very dry grass on the ground. For that reason were the fire restrictions on Sunday, to make sure that no real fire will be happen.

Mustang A wonderful sight for all warbird fans: Two legendary Mustang fighters ready to take off! It is a great pleasure to hear the wonderful sound of the mighty Packard Merlin piston enginge of the Mustang! DC-3 It is always a great pleasure to see the Douglas DC-3 in the air and to hear the lovely sound of its radial piston engines. And no less than five DC-3 were to see at Australian International Airshow 2001. Four of the DC-3 have flown an impressive formation!
Spitfire

Spitfire

Spitfire

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII "Grey nurse" is the only airworthy Spitfire in Australia. The Spitfire was displayed by its owner David Lowy, the Australian aerobatic champion of 1998.

C-47

C-47

Most of the DC-3 in the world are Douglas C-47 Skytrain, the military variant of the DC-3. And the most people know the Skytrain as the Dakota, its name in Royal Air Force service. The military C-47 have two large cargo doors at the left side of the fuselage for the loading of big cargo components.
Wirraway

Wirraway

The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Wirraway two seat general purpose trainer was manufactured in Australia during the second world war. It is a licence built version of the North American NA-16, an early member of the aircraft family which would develop into the famous North American T-6 Texan/Harvard series of advanced trainers. The Royal Australian Air Force has used the Wirraway not only as a trainer but also for combat sorties and many other missions. DC-3 This aircraft with the registration "VH-ABR" and the label of the Australian airline Ansett Airways is an civil Douglas DC-3. The civil DC-3 has only one door at the left side of the fuselage in contrast to the two large cargo doors of the military C-47 . About 400 civil DC-3 but more than 10.000 military C-47 were built!
North American T-6

This is the legendary North American T-6 Texan, also well-known as the Harvard. It is always a great pleasure to hear the sound of the big radial piston engine of the Harvard. At the airshow was to see the Southern Knights formation aerobatic team with four Harvards in action. And it is of course an especially great pleasure to see the performance of this team and to hear the sound of their four Harvards.

C-47 B This Douglas C-47 B Dakota belongs to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society.
Super Constellation

Super Constellation

Super Constellation

Also operated by the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society is this very nice Lockheed Super Constellation, one of only a few airworthy Super Constellations in the world today. The Super Constellation is a legendary and much loved passenger aircraft of the 1950s, but this "Connie" was built in 1955 as a military C-121 C model of the Super Constellation and was in U.S. Air Force service until 1977. Then it was in storage at the AMARC (Aerospace Maintenance & Regeneration Center) at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona / USA until 1992. Then the Volunteers of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) have restored the aircraft in airworthy conditon in over 12.500 man hours. After the restoration and test flights in the USA the Lockheed Super Constellation was flown to its new home in Australia in 1996. On the long way across the Pacific Ocean the Connie needs only stopovers at Hawaii, Samoa and the Fiji Islands. Since its arrival in Australia the wonderful restored Lockheed Super Constellation is probably the biggest "crowd puller" at Australian airshows and displays, both in the air and on the ground. The aircraft was given the Name "Southern Preservation" and it is painted in the colours red and white to represent an aircraft of the very good Australian airline QANTAS. It is a very great pleasure to see this big old aircraft flying and to hear the lovely sound of its four radial engines!

Lockheed Hudson

Lockheed Hudson

Lockheed Hudson

Lockheed Hudson

 

One more of the many attractions at Australian International Airshow 2001:

The Lockheed Hudson bomber. This is the only Lockheed Hudson in the world still f lying!

Boeing Stearman

This is an U.S. Navy variant of the Boeing Stearman, the N2S-5. This aircraft has the usual open cockpit in contrast to Eddie Andreinis modified Super Stearman with the canopy.

Max Holste 1521 M Broussard A surprising view in Australia: This old french aircraft Max Holste 1521 M Broussard was built in 1961.
CA-25 Winjeel

CA-25 Winjeel

CA-25 Winjeel

The Australian-built Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-25 Winjeel is a basic trainer and liaison aircraft. The Royal Australian Air Force used the Winjeels from 1955 to 1975. Now the Winjeels here belongs to civil owners . Two of these Winjeels have the old RAAF markings (blue-white-red, like the british Royal Air Force). One Winjeel has the modern RAAF marking, the blue circle with the red kangaroo within.

CT-4

CT-4

The successor of the Winjeel in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1975 on was the New Zealand-built Aerospace Airtrainer CT-4. The Airtrainers were finished in the factory in New Zealand. Then the brand-new Airtrainers were equiped with additional fuel tanks and were flown the 2.000 Kilometres across the Tasman Sea to Australia, with stopovers on Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island. An impressive performance for such a small single-engined aircraft! In the 1990s the CT-4 Airtrainers were sold to civil owners. Many of them use their Airtrainers with the old RAAF military markings in addition to the current civil registrations.
Besucher

Besucher

The Australian International Airshow 2001 was a great success! The public is very interested in aviation and so 202.000 visitors have come and enjoyed the very good flying display programme and the many other attractions.

Ballon The entrance to the Airsport World area was marked by this replica of an old German World War I observation balloon.
Hartmut Seidel This photo shows me very happy in front of the Kaman Super Seasprite helicopter of the Royal Australian Navy in the static display, after I have enjoyed a very nice weekend at the splendid Australian International Airshow 2001! I am now looking forward to the next Australian International Airshow in 2003!

 

 

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