Topics:  big bird, bill kiernan, neville bienke memorial weekend

A bird or a plane?

Antonov An-2 VH-CCE owner Seppo Saario is looking forward to helping to raise money for Angel Flight by providing flights at the Northern Rivers Aero Club.
Antonov An-2 VH-CCE owner Seppo Saario is looking forward to helping to raise money for Angel Flight by providing flights at the Northern Rivers Aero Club. Marc Stapelberg

BIG Bird has landed, but not the Big Bird most would be thinking.

If you look to the sky over this weekend you might get a glimpse of Big Bird, the largest single engine bi-plane in the world, and you guessed it, it's all yellow.

The Russian Antonov 2 VH-CCE, is in town for the Neville Bienke Memorial weekend being held at the Northern Rivers Aero Club (NRAC) this weekend.

Bill Kiernan Chief Instructor at the NRAC said the event would allow people to get an up close look at some aviation history.

"[Big Bird] is the only one of its kind in Australia," Mr Kiernan said. "It's going to be great day out for the family and it all goes to a great cause."

The three-day event starting today, commemorates the life of NRAC member the late Neville Bienke and is used to raise funds for the Angel Flights service.

Seppo Saario, co-owner of Big Bird said he felt privileged to be part of this event.

"Angel Flight is a great cause that helps out people who really need their assistance," Mr Saario said.

Whilst Big Bird is definitely the star of the show Mr Kiernan said there would be other great planes and vintage cars on show.

"We have a Trojan T-28 which was used by the U.S Air force and a Russian 2 seater Yak-52 Warbird," Mr Kiernan said.

As part of the event there will be flying competitions, Warbird joy flights, a jumping castle, food and drinks.

 

Take flight

What: Neville Bienke Memorial Weekend

When: June 11 - 13 from 9am

Where: Northern Rivers Aero Club

Joy flights from $70



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