Kevin & Vicki Bailey travelling in their restored 1935 Stinson Reliant SR-8C VH-UXL around Australia. It commenced March 25th with the crossing of the Nullabor, thru SA & in Victoria - attending the RAAF 90th Anniversary Pilgrimage, AAAA Annual fly-in at Echuca. Our plans are to see as much of Qld before turning left into Northern Territory and finally down the west coast of WA to home.
Sunday, 3 April 2011
April 3 – Echuca AAAA Airshow Day
The freezing night dawned onto a bright sunny but slightly breezy day.Kev caught a lift with Chris & Lorri to the airfield whilst Mum & I stayed back for a slower departure and food preparation morning.We arrived at 9.45am with the airshow due to commence at 11.00 am. The show opened with the Bagpipes Band playing down the taxiway.
Southern Knights Harvard
The first event on the programme was the Southern Knights Harvard formation aerobatic team.They are a very polished and experienced crew who display at many events throughout the eastern states of Australia.
Following them was a Vintage Aircraft flypast display with
Kevin & Dick Nell after the display
1935 Stinson Reliant Gullwing (us of course)
1942 Beech 17 Staggerwing(Shines)
1934 Avro Cadet with Clin Ashton Martin at the controls
1930’s DeHavilland Dragon (Colin) and a Dragon Rapide
1948 Cessna 195 flown by Craig Taberner
Kevin and Mum Elwyn outside RIAMA the Dragon
All machines have their own attributes with the Staggerwing being retract undercarriage showed her stuff at speed with the C195 sliding along not much slower than that at 135knots.The Dragon & Rapide were quite slow but very elegant whilst the Cadet showed her paces and her great character.Our Reliant showed off her huge wing to the crowd as her specialty is comfort and style.Kevin had the honour of taking Dick Nell with him on this display.
The day's programme also included a helicopter, Winjeels, Lockheed 12 handling displays, aerobatics by the L39 jet trainer. Then Yak 9, Mustangs, Spitfire, Curtiss Kittyhawk and Warhawk and Hudson flybys. The major highlight was Australia’s Red Bull ace pilot, Matt Hall completing a detailed full aerobatic sequence in his MXS-R low wing monoplane. It was a very exhilarating and crowd pleasing display.The day’s event closed with the RAAF Roulettes Pilatus PC-9/A 7 aircraft team aerobatic display.
The stream of departing GA aircraft was also very interesting for the public to watch due to the variety of aircraft ranging from Tiger Moths to homebuilts.
We traveled home in style once again with Lorri and Chris in their rental car to relax again before our evening meal.