The May Flying Weekend was a successful event, with plenty of flying action over both days, and in the absence of rain, all flying displays went ahead as planned.

The show included the Ryan, Boomerang, Hudson, Spitfire Mk VIII and Mk XVI, Meteor, Vampire and Canberra, along with Doug Hamilton’s Harvard, Allan Arthur’s Kittyhawk and the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) F-111’s.

The F-111 flew over the Museum crowd to perform several handling displays without actually landing. The aircraft then returned to RAAF Base Amberley Qld, and then flew back on Sunday to perform the routine again. The amazing displays ended in the aircraft’s famous ‘dump and burn’ manoeuvre, where jet fuel is released behind the aircraft and ignited by the massive twin engine afterburners. It disappeared into the cloud above, leaving an amazing red glow.

Thanks again to the RAAF for involving its F-111 and Allan Arthur for displaying the P-40 Kittyhawk in the May 2007 Flying Weekend displays, we hope to have your aircraft back here again for future Flying Days.

Thank you to all the visitors that attended the Flying Weekend as well – it was a great crowd. Our next Flying Weekend falls on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July, so start planning your visit now!