New Zealand and Australia home to 'Downunder' Air Shows
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. — Leonardo da Vinci
|Warbirds Over Wanaka||
Geelong - near Melbourne
|Classic Flighters Omaka Easter||Temora Warbirds Downunder|
|Vintage WW1 Aviator Shows||Tyabb Airshow|
Easter 2018 sees the next major immortal 'Warbirds Over Wanaka". This is the airshow that set the benchmark for all airshows downunder!
The weekend of 1/2 March 2014 saw a special airshow at Point Cook near Melbourne. This was to commemorate 100years of military aviation in Australia at the oldest continuously operating airforce base in the world. In addition to the actual RAAF Museum with its world class collection the buildings are museum pieces themselves. The museum has free entry for visitors and there are other sites in the general area, such as, Pt Cook Homestead and the Werribee Mansion with its open plain zoo. Those who like bike riding can get here via a coastal pathway from Williamstown.
Some of the original WW1 hangers are still there and until recently were used! You can also see an original jetty used for sea planes during the 1920’s and 30’s. Original accommodation and Messes, that are still used, date from the 1920’ onwards, a real time capsule.
Of significance this last weekend was the first public flight of the 1910 Bristol Boxkite
Built by volunteers at the RAAF Museum Pt Cook this is a flying replica of Australia’s first military designated aircraft, a trainer for 1914.
The only other flying example is at the Shuttleworth Collection in the U.K.. This was built for that 1960’s movie, ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’.
This current example was flown at 0740 on Sat morning to replicate the precise time the original flight took place. And yes, they were made in Bristol UK and are the same namesake as Bristol Cars, several of which were parked in front of the Boxkites hanger.