Built by CAC Fishermans Bend 27 April 1956 and delivered to the RAAF in May. Served with 1FTS Point Cook. Sold 2 May 1979 with 4635 h. Registered VH-SOB December 1981 and based in Melbourne until 1995 when it moved to Caboolture, where it presently lives. Seen here at the Wide Bay International Airshow.
Aerotec Queensland Chief Engineer Wayne Milburn taxies in after a display at the Wide Bay International Airshow. This eye-catching Trojan is registered in memory of warbird pioneer Guido Zuccoli and is still owned by his widow, Lynette. It's operated as part of the Aerotec stable.
Gear up & off on another joyride for 'Huff n'Puff'. Built to a 1951 USAF order as 51-3722. Converted to AT-28D standard and to R. Thai AF 1965-75. Also operated by Air America in Laos. To Philippine AF 1976-87. Civilianised and based Manila as RP-R280 1988 for restoration using parts from 51-3782. To Brisbane 1990 & restoration - ff 5 Aug 2001. Seen here at the Wide Bay International Airshow.
This former RAAF Parrot was allocated the New Zealand ferry registration ZK-DVZ and was taken on RAAF charge on 23 May 1975. After service at 1 FTS Point Cook, it was sold on 29 September 1993. Originally registered as VH-PAH, it was re-registered as VH-DMI on 8 July 2002. Currently based in Queensland, it did a roaring trade in joyflights at the Wide Bay International Airshow.
"Yak on the Prowl" with Russian AF markings: this has to be one of the most remarkable colour schemes going round on a civil aircraft! Seen here taxing in after an formation flight with the Russian Roolettes at the Wide Bay International Airshow. Good one Jim!
The leader of the "Russian Roolettes" Yak and Nanchang formation team waves to the crowd as "Rusky Business" in Russian AF colours taxies in at the Wide Bay International Airshow. This aircraft was first registered in Australia on 1 August 2005.
'Mekong Moon' backtracking after another warbird adventure flight at the Wide Bay International Airshow. Built as a T-28A to a USAF order as 51-7521. Later rebuilt as AT-28D for the Royal Lao AF. Retired 1975, left derelict until acquired and shipped to Australia December 1988. Restored by Guido Zuccoli at Darwin from 1989-92, then sold to Arthur Schmidt 1993. Registered VH-DUK on 5 August 1993 and made first post-restoration flight shortly afterwards. Now based at Toowoomba with Aerotec.
This is actually the second Tiger Moth to carry the rego VH-APE. This one was also built for the RAAF as A17-218. Post-war it was civilianised in 1947 as VH-BCS but was withdrawn from use in 1963. Restored, it was returned to the Register as VH-APE on 22 August 1987. Currently based in NSW, it was one of the aircraft in a vintage fly-past at the Wide Bay International Airshow.
According to what's painted on the side of this Stearman, it is a PT-17. However, according to its cn it was built as a PT-18 Kaydet with a Jacobs engine to a 1940 USAAC order and allocated the military serial 40-1971. It was first registered in Australia on 25 May 1998 and is currently operated by Nigel Arnot out of Brisbane. Seen here at the Wide Bay International Airshow.
This Jetranger is normally fitted with spray gear, as seen here. However, the next day this was removed and the helo did a roaring trade with joyrides all weekend at the Wide Bay International Airshow.
After RAAF service, this fairly late-production Wirraway was bought back by CAC in March 1960 for possible conversion to a Ceres ag aircraft. This did not occur and in November 1963 the aircraft was sold for scrap. Rescued by Pearce Dunn, it was kept at his museum at Mildura between 1970 & 1982. Sold for restoration at Point Cook and then Caboolture, it made its first post-restoration flight at Caboolture on 8 July 1997. Still based at Caboolture but seen here at the Wide Bay International Airshow.