Wings over Illawara 2020

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Australia’s best annual airshow returns Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May 2020.

See jaw-dropping solo and formation aerobatics displays and relive the past with a spectacular display of classic warbirds and amazing vintage aircraft of yesteryear. Be inspired by the Australian Defence Force as they present the best our country has to offer with loud, fast fighter jets and huge heavy transport aircraft. Some of Australia’s top formation flying teams will delight and provide you with an unforgettable experience as they perform breath-taking manoeuvres above the beautiful Illawarra countryside.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon

RAAF P-8A Poseidon (2019)

Immerse yourself in history as you wander through rare displays of vintage and classic aircraft including the fully-restored Super Constellation and record breaking Qantas 747 along with some beautifully restored WW2 fighters.

In 2020, your entry ticket will once again include access to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society aircraft that are open for inspection. You won’t want to miss the heart stopping aerial antics of the flying displays, the fantastic static displays, souvenirs and simulators. But the family fun doesn’t end there! Wings Over Illawarra will include world class freestyle motocross displays throughout the day and a massive carnival with rides for young and old, all included in the entry ticket price.

2019’s flying display comprised of some impressive and dramatic flying from:

  • RAAF PC-21 x 4 Formation
  • Douglas C-47, DHC-4 Caribou
  • RAAF C-27 Spartan
  • RAAF C-130J Hercules
  • RAAF C-17 Globemaster III
  • RAN MH-60R
  • PT-17 Stearman
  • Paul Bennet in the Wolf Pitts Pro and the Jet Provost.

After lunch saw the:

  • Russian Roolettes
  • Beech-18
  • 2 x CA-18 Mk21 Mustangs
  • T6 Texan & Wirraway
  • Learjet Formation Pair
  • L-39C Albatross
  • Steadfast Yakovlev Yak 3U
  • RAAF P-8A Poseidon
  • T-28 Trojan
  • TBM-3E Avenger

WWII Fighters of:

  • Hawker Hurricane
  • Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI
  • CAC CA-18
  • Mk21 Mustang
  • Curtis P-40 Kittyhawk
  • Marchetti S211 formation
  • CAC CA-27 Mk32 Sabre
  • Sky Aces Formation Aerobatics display

… and finally finishing with the RAAF Hawk 127 with “Wall of Fire”!

Static Displays

2020 will be by far the best Wings Over Illawarra yet, with a fantastic array of both static and flying aircraft. You’ll not only witness a full program of breathtaking aerobatic and handling displays, but also be able to get up close to some amazing birds from the past and present.

Among the static displays will be many of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society’s aircraft. Some of the static aircraft expected to be on display include:

  • Boeing 747-400 (main deck only)*
  • General Dynamics F-111
  • Consolidated PBY Catalina
  • Hawker Hunter
  • English Electric T4 Canberra
  • Douglas DC4
  • DHC-4 Caribou
  • Lockheed 1049 Super Constellation
  • Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune
  • Douglas C-47 Dakota
  • Grumman S2 Tracker
  • Westland Wessex
  • De Havilland DHA-3 Drover
  • De Havilland DH-82 Tiger Moth
  • De Havilland DH-115 Vampire
  • Piaggio P166
  • Auster Autocar
  • Cessna 310B

… plus many more!

Each year Wings Over Illawarra is supported by all three arms of the Australian Defence Force, with air displays and static exhibits from the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army. 2020 will see the largest collection of Australian Defence Force aircraft ever seen in the Illawarra. Although the Defence line-up for Wings Over Illawarra 2020 is yet to be finalised, here’s what made all of the noise in the past:

  • RAAF F/A-18A/B Hornet
  • C-17A Globemaster
  • C-130J Hercules
  • The RAAF’s elite formation aerobatic display team, the Roulettes, will be putting on a sensational display as always in Pilatus PC-9/As.
  • Hawk 127 lead-in fighter
  • P-8A Poseidon EC-135 T2
  • Bell 429 helicopter
  • RAN MRH-90 Taipan helicopter
  • Navy 725 Squadron MH-60R Seahawk
  • Army S70 Blackhawk

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