Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Region Launches Australia’s Biggest Annual Airshow Wings Over Illawarra 2019 is set to take off in four weeks’ time and promises to be bigger than ever before, organisers announced at the event’s launch at Illawarra Regional Airport today.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Illawarra escarpment and an array of shiny and very impressive helicopters, the event will be held at the Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park Rail on 4-5 May.
The show has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and thanks to the support of the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and sponsors such as Viva Energy Australia, the 2019 event is set to be even bigger, better and louder!
Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward MP said the NSW Government is proud to again support Wings Over Illawarra and encouraged aviation enthusiasts from far and wide to plan their trip to the South Coast.
“Last year, the air show delivered over 4,800 overnight visitors to the beautiful South Coast region, and between them they injected $1.4 million into the local visitor economy. Drawing visitors to rural and regional NSW is a key priority for the NSW Government, which is why we have invested record funding to allow the State’s tourism industry to grow and grow.
“We’ve set an ambitious goal of $20 billion in visitor expenditure by 2020 and $25 billion by 2030. I’m pleased to say that among Australian travellers – the South Coast is the second most popular destination in regional NSW for overnight stays,” Mr. Ward said.
Following the opening speeches, aerobatic pilot Chris Clark, Chief Pilot from Southern Biplane Adventures took to the skies in his 1943 Boeing-Stearman to deliver a taste of the exciting aerobatic manoeuvres audiences can expect at the airshow. HARS Aviation Museum also flew their Lockheed Neptune and conducted a post-launch tour of the museum.
Wings Over Illawarra is now in its twelfth year and is held annually in May. The event has grown from 5000 attendees and event organisers, Bright Events anticipate well over 40,000 to flock the two-day event this year.
Event Director, Kerry Bright, said: “This will be the first time many of the aircraft taking part in the airshow will be seen in the Illawarra, in particular the new Pilatus PC-21 RAAF training aircraft that the RAAF Roulette’s will be displaying.”
“In addition to this there will also be an impressive line-up of other notable Australian Defence Force aircraft, including fast jets such as the Hawk plus the C-17 Globemaster, C-130 Hercules, C-27 Spartan and of course frontline Navy and Army helicopters all taking part in the action over the weekend” she said.
Wings over Illawarra has grown to be much more than an airshow and this year includes a great mix of activities in the air and on the ground. This year’s program will include classic warbirds such as the Spitfire MK.XVI, CA-18 Mk21 Mustang, Mk XII/IIB Hawker Hurricane, TBM-3E Grumman Avenger and classic jet fighter the CA-27 Sabre MK32. There will also be heart-stopping aerobatics from Red Bull air-racer Matt Hall and stunt pilot Paul Bennet plus free unlimited carnival rides for all ages, world class freestyle motocross displays, classic cars and for the first time ever visitors will also have complimentary access to all the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society aircraft that are open for inspection.
For more information about Wings Over Illawarra 2019 or to purchase tickets visit www.wingsoverillawarra.com.au