The sky comes alive in Evans Heads
During the early 1940s, the skies over Evans Head were filled with the sound of Tiger Moths, Ryans, Wackett Trainers, Fairey Battles, Avro Ansons, Bristol Beauforts, Wirraways, and the odd Spitfire when the Empire’s largest air training scheme operated from the airport there.
This weekend the skies over Evans Head will again roar with the sound of many of these old aircraft as part of the annual Great Eastern Fly-In.
The event was established in the early 1990s by a group of local ultralight pilots who wanted to establish a major aviation event at Evans Head that incorporated all facets of flying, from model aircraft to old war birds to helicopters and gliders.
This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the Memorial Aerodrome and the Evans Head Living Museum will be creating a fascinating WWII display with photos, objects and vehicles from the era. They are also asking for anyone who has stories, objects or information, in fact anything about the RAAF’s No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School, to get in contact with them.
Approximately 5500 men trained at Evans Head over a five-year period with thousands of RAAF, WAAAF and civilian personnel supporting them. Of those who left, 1100 didn’t come home and some were killed during training.
Planes from all over Australia will start arriving on Friday and there are heaps of activities planned throughout the weekend including market stalls, an outdoor film night, skirmish, as well as the Great Eastern Drive-In for car and motorbike clubs on Sunday and of course, plenty of displays in the air.
For more information check out the website www.greateasternflyin.com.