OLD BIRD: The Wirraway, built in 1940, will be at the Great Eastern Fly-In.
OLD BIRD: The Wirraway, built in 1940, will be at the Great Eastern Fly-In. Contributed

Air racer ready to show skills

AFTER a two-year break, the Great Eastern Fly-In at Evans Head is back this year bigger and better than ever, according to organiser Gai Taylor.

Floods and site problems may have suspended action in the air over Evans Head in the past two years, but a great event just can't be kept down.

"The break has been good for me, and this year I have a lot more people helping," Ms Taylor said.

"The event will be so much better with the community involved."

Not only will this weekend (January 5 and 6) come alive with all things aviation, but the event will be celebrating its 21st birthday.

"We have a few new things this year, including new aircraft," Ms Taylor said.

"We will also have the Red Bull Air Racer, Matt Hall, doing air displays.

"Air displays start at 9.15am each day and are intermittent 'til 2.30pm."

A highlight of the weekend will be the breathtaking and low-level displays of renowned aerobatic legend Paul Bennett.

Paul will be performing in his Pitts Special aerobatic biplane.

Other favourites that will be visiting and available for joy flights include the world's largest bi-plane, the Russian-built Antinov 2, and the P51 Mustang, to name a couple.

There will be something for everyone at the event this weekend, from the Evans Head Fly-In Markets that start at 7am on Saturday, to the Great Eastern Drive-In, where the North Coast and Gold Coast Vehicle clubs will showcase their vintage cars.

Evans Head Aviation Airpark developer Peter Lynch will also be available over the weekend to discuss his plans to turn the aerodrome into an aviation hub in the area.

Great Eastern Fly-In Program:

Friday

Aircraft will be arriving from all over and will make spectacular viewing.

Saturday

7am - 3pm, Evans Head Fly-In Markets.

10am - noon, Ballina Concert Band.

Joy flights, adventure flights and trial instructional flights.

Aerobatic displays.

Sunday

Great Eastern Drive-In Fly-in boat display, including clinker-built, scale and historic boats.

Joy flights, adventure flights and trial instructional flights.

Aerobatic displays.



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