Perhaps the most highly anticipated aircraft to arrive were the six Pilatus PC-9/A's of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) elite formation aerobatic display team - The Roulettes - which arrived directly from Longreach Airport where they have been based for the last couple of days - see Blog Post below.
Around three hours of flying displays are planned for both days from around midday onwards. The display will feature aircraft from local operators - Air Whitsunday Seaplane, GSL Aviation, Whitsunday Tiger Moth Adventures and Whitsunday Heli Taxi.
Along with flying and aerobatic displays from The RAAF Roulettes and visiting Warbirds including Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatross VH-LCJ, Avioane Craiova Yak-3U-R2000 VH-YOV, CAC CA-25 Winjeel VH-SOB, CAC CA-18 Mk21 Mustang VH-MFT and Amateur Built Spitfire Replica VH-KPW.
Paul Bennet's four visiting aircraft including Grumman TBM-3E Avenger VH-MML, CAC CA-3 Wirraway VH-WWY, Aerostar YAK-52 VH-MHH and brand new Amateur Built Pitts S1-11X (Wolf Pitts Pro) VH-PVX are also due to have a prominent role.
As shown, most aircraft had practice flights on Friday - it was certainly a spectacular day - and it looks like the Airlie Beach Airshow will be a magnificent weekend!