Featured / Social / Community / 23rd September 2022
To infinity and beyond: Wings & Things soars
Grey skies formed a great backdrop for the colourful airshow that entertained an eager crowd, while the displays and stalls on the ground were also popular.
Cloudy weather deterred neither pilots nor patrons from the second annual Wings & Things event at the Coonabarabran Aerodrome on Saturday, 10th September. The family-friendly event and air-show was a brisk but glorious day out, drawing crowds from across the region and beyond.
Headliner of the day was 2019 AIR RACE World Champion Matt Hall and his team of former RAAF and elite aerobatic pilots, who took to the skies in a series of dramatic and exhilarating aerobatic and formation displays.
Coonabarabran Aeroclub with the support of Warrumbungle Shire Council arranged an impressive program featuring a variety of aircraft, including ‘The Red Star Яoolettes’ Nanchang CJ6A, the Pitts Special, the MXS and Matt Hall’s very own P-51 Mustang.
In his keynote address, Matt shared his journey from humble rural beginnings to World Championship air racing, as well as some advice and life-lessons learned along the way.
‘My friends say look at my investment property,’ he joked. ‘I say, that’s cool, can you fly it? Invest in your happiness.’
Throughout the day, event-goers enjoyed market stalls, raffles, joy flights, scenic helicopter rides over the Warrumbungles, and a photo/signing session with Matt. Kids danced to music in the empty air sheds and lunchtime lines for the Rotary Club’s steak and sausage sandwiches were out the gate.‘Imagine a small aero club being able to attract the likes of Matt Hall, the Red Radial Roolettes, Warrior Warbirds and the P-51 Mustang,’ said Aeroclub President Sherelle Moore. 'I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, especially pulling 8gs in the Extra with Emma.'
In total, the airbase hosted over 20 stallholders and displays from community organisations, and attendance reached over 2,000.
Click to see the full gallery of photos from the day...