Aerobatics star dies in fiery airfield crash
HE THRILLED thousands of spectators at Evans Head with his aerobatic display, but two weeks later pilot Tom Moon has died in a fiery crash.
Mr Moon, 51, was killed yesterday while performing his high-flying aerobatic manoeuvres. He crashed at 10.30am when his single-engine Extra 300 aircraft slammed into the runaway at Temora, in the NSW Riverina.
He died close to his other passion, the Temora Aviation Museum, where he was treasurer.
The Sydney accountant was regarded as one of the most qualified aerobatic pilots in Australia.
In what was to be one of his last public displays, Mr Moon was a huge drawcard at the Great Eastern Fly-In at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome from January 2-5.
The hugely popular event attracted thousands of people to watch the air displays and look at the flying aviation museum.
A journalist who attended the event said Mr Moon did not fly the first day because of a fuel pump problem with his aircraft - believed to be the Extra 300 aircraft he died in.
Temora Aero Club president Rob Maslin said Mr Moon had a national profile and his death was 'a very sad day' for Temora.