HEADS UP: A Wirraway aircraft at The Great Eastern Fly-In Airshow at Evans Head.
HEADS UP: A Wirraway aircraft at The Great Eastern Fly-In Airshow at Evans Head. Patrick Gorbunovs

Rare birds will grace the sky at Fly-In

DON'T be surprised if you arrive at Evans Head Aerodrome on Sat-urday and feel like you're on a Second World War movie set.

This weekend's Great Eastern Fly-In will showcase legendary warbirds like the P-51 Mustang completing low-altitude flyovers as if they were on a strafing run.

Plane spotters will also recognise Wirraways, Yaks, Trojans and Harvards, flying in formations up to three at a time.

Historic planes will take a starring role at the fly-in but there are plenty of other highlights.

Event co-ordinator Gai Taylor said this year's show would include the debut appearance of a "goat glider", a cross between a hang glider and a micro-light.

"There are only two in Australia and the owner is bringing it for display," Ms Taylor said.

"It's not considered a hang glider, but it's very, very light so you can pick it up and launch it by your feet."

Another cult attraction is the bus made out of the fuselage of a DC-3, which has a built-in organ.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter will also make an appearance and the cockpit will be opened for inspections and the crew will bring their flight simulator along (via the highway) for people to try.

Ms Taylor said this year's event would be special for a couple of reasons.

It follows the event's successful return last year after a two-year hiatus, and the weather is looking good across eastern Australia, making the trip easier for pilots flying in for the event.

"There's really only two fly-ins, including ours, on the eastern side of Australia," she said.

"It's a free community event and accessible to everybody."

The Evans Head Markets take place on Saturday morning at the aerodrome and on Sunday there's the Great Eastern Drive-In, with vintage cars, restored tractors and classic timber clinker boats on display.

Also on Sunday a memorial formation fly-past will take place for the late RAAF veteran Ted Sly, who flew in Spitfires across Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific during the Second World War.

The Great Eastern Fly-In

Where: Evens Head Memorial Aerodrome

When: Saturday 7am-5pm, Sunday 9pm-3pm

Entry: Free, donations very welcome.

Parking: Onsite for 300 cars, and in surrounding streets.

Map: Available on greateasternflyin.com



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