This 1978 Skyhawk was initially registered N739TK, but not for long as it was re-registered (probably new) as VH-BSH(3) on 25 January 1979. It's currently based at Toowoomba and seen here heading home after the Wide Bay International Airshow.
Mike Spaulding's brand new Warhawk/Kittyhawk was a star attraction at the Wide Bay International Airshow. Built for the USAAF as 42-104977, this aircraft served with the 49FG, named 'Punkins'. On 13 September 1943 it was shot down by a Zero at Tsili Tsili, near Finschafen, New Guinea. The wreck was recovered in 2004 and rebuilt at Wangaratta and Mareeba.
Built for the US Navy in 1954 as Bu 138122. One of a few Trojans transferred in the late '60s to the US Army as a flight test chase plane, but retained its Navy serial. Allotted to the National Museum of Naval Aviation in 1984 but sold to the civil market and registered N28RF on 6 November 1985. Shipped to Australia in March 2008 and registered VH-FNO(4) on 13 August that year. Assembled at Toowoomba and currently resident in Cairns, it's seen here landing at the Wide Bay International Airshow.
This Storm was registered with the RAAus on 13 April 2007. It's seen here visiting the Wide Bay International Airshow. Formerly ZK-RON, then ZK-KMJ, 19-5024 unfortunately crashed and was destroyed on 6 October 2013 at Moore Park, Bundaberg.
'Mekong Moon' on the flightline 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.
Initial, Runway 14 at the Wide Bay International Airshow. This aircraft was built for the RNZAF as NZ6370 and made its first flight in the UK on 17 Oct 1972. It was shipped to NZ and reassembled at Ohakea, making its first flight there in Jan 1973. In June 1993 it was sold in Australia and shipped to Bankstown. It was stored for some years before being restored, and currently operates on warbird adventure flights out of Port Macquarie.
This Rockhampton-based, 1981 Bonanza was visiting the Wide Bay International Airshow. It was originally registered in the USA as N3837X, but was quickly exported to Australia and registered VH-MMB(4) on 14 April 1982.
'Huff n'Puff' landing after a T-28 formation display at the Wide Bay International Airshow. 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.
The inimitable Richard MacDonald just bringing the tailwheel down at the Wide Bay International Airshow in one of his Turbo Thrushes. This 1999 Turbo Thrush was briefly registered N40586(2) before being exported to Australia and registered VH-NFF on 30 June that year. R-Mach Aviation has only operated it since February 2009.
'Grey Nurse / Rosie' was manufactured in Romania in 1984. It was registered in Australia on 13 March 2006. Currently Bundaberg-based, it did a roaring trade in joyflights during the Wide Bay International Airshow.
Bringing the tail up for a warbird adventure flight at the Wide Bay International Airshow.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.
Taxying across the apron as 'Unity 990' vacates the runway in the background at the Wide Bay International Airshow. VH-RQH was built in 1965 and registered on 16 March of that year to the Royal Queensland Aero Club in 'their' block. When it was sold on it retained its original rego. At some stage it was upgraded to an Airtourer 150, though it's still on the Register as a 115.
'Huff n'Puff', gear coming up & off on another joyride at another Wide Bay International Airshow. 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.
Matt Denning's second, brand-new Boomerang restoration was on static display at the Wide Bay International Airshow. The aircraft is said to be the former A46-63, which crashed at Cape York, Qld, on 24 August 1943 after only 4 months service with 84 Squadron. The restoration included the addition of a second seat, although you wouldn't really know it to look at. The first post-restoraton flight was at Caboolture on 26 June 2009, a week before this photo was taken.