Remarks: Alliance put the big Fokker through its paces again with an impressive display as 'Unity 991' at the Wide Bay International Airshow. This aircraft has had a long history, initially as PH-EZF, then to USAir as N864US, then temporarily to PH-CXG, then to Germaina and Air Berlin as D-AGPG. Acquired by Alliance in 2010 and registered VH-XWR on 14 September that year.
Remarks: Pip Borrman's shiny new monster! Only the 4th Samson ever built, Pip has done a magnificent job building this aircraft, which looks a bit like a Pitts Special on steroids. You could just about eat off that engine!
Remarks: Some say she's the most beautiful aeroplane in Australia...all we know is she's called the Connie! Getting airborne with her R-3350s belching flame and gear starting to come up at Wings Over the Illawarra 2011.
Remarks: This aircraft was built by Don Bennett in Victoria and was registered on 26 March 1990. It won the concours d'elegance at the annual SAAA Mangalore fly-in in its first year. Originally powered by a single-mag Hapi VW conversion, its new owner has recently re-engined it with a superior Aeropower 1835cc VW conversion of 65hp.
Remarks: This 2004 Air Tractor was registered new in Australia on 6 October that year to big aerial ag operator Field Air of Ballarat. It's evidently used on summer fire bombing contract work too, as 'Bomber 249'.
Remarks: On display at the RAAF Museum Air Pageant. This aircraft carried the Lockheed flight-test rego N73233. It was delivered to the RAAF in 2000 and is currently in service with 37 Squadron, RAAF Richmond. Seen here wearing the RAAF C-130J fleet's new two-tone grey camouflage.
Remarks: Built in 1932 as one of 3 Gipsy-powered racers and registered G-ABWH. Raced in the 1932 King's Cup air race. Shipped to the USA in 1933 where it raced at Cleveland as NC27K. Returned to the UK in 1934, then to Australia and registered VH-ACG on 19 July 1939. Rebuilt over 16 years 1971-87 by doug Muir in Perth. Now with Roy Fox in Sydney & seen here at the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia National Fly-in.
Remarks: 'Raptor' arriving at Griffith for some Anzac Day work. This Blackhawk was originally ordered for the RAAF and first flew on 28 October 1989. In the meantime the Government decreed that the RAAF's helicopters would be transferred to the Army, and this aircraft was delivered directly to the Army.