Flying high in Evans Head

Several WWII ear planes will converge on the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome during the Great Eastern Fly-In later this month.

Aviation buffs from all over Australia are set to descend on the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome at the end of this month for the annual Great Eastern Fly-In.

Held over four days on the weekend after Christmas (December 28 to 31) the event now in its 11th year celebrates the WWII history of the aerodrome and its former bombing/gunnery and air observer schools by bringing to life the sites and sounds of that era. This includes showcasing aircraft such as Tiger Moths, the P51 Mustang and other war birds, as well as aircraft from other decades.

The four days of flying and fun includes air displays on the Saturday and Sunday by some of Australias best aerobatic and war-bird pilots including local aviation identity Neville Bienke with a simulated agricultural display.

Aerobatics will also be performed by the Russian fighter trainer Yak 52 and Pitts Special Biplane as well as a simulated ground attack and handling displays by the Trojan T28 and Mustang.

And for those a little more intrepid, joy/adventure and trial instructional flights are also available in many types of aircraft to suit all budgets.

The static aircraft display includes aircraft from the 1930s to the present day.

On the Saturday night, an outdoor film night will be held in the big hangar, complete with WWII newsreel and cartoons, including the animated film Vincent, a family story based on WWII carrier pigeons.

For car buffs, a show and shine display on the Sunday will include WWII jeeps and vehicles, the Pony Car Club from the Gold Coast with its Mustang collection and treasured vehicles from the Northern Rivers Vintage and Veteran Car Club.

A free market day will also be held on the Sunday, with part proceeds supporting the Childrens Oncology Foundation.

For information on the event phone Gai Taylor on 0427 825 202 or visit

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