Friday, April 15, 2011

Post World War II Aircraft to Take Wide Bay Australia International Airshow Attendees Back in Time

In addition to the Classic World War II fighter aircraft on display at the upcoming 2011 Wide Bay Australia International Airshow attendees will be able to take in the sights and sounds of some of the finest post World War II aircraft. From those that sounded the last hurrah for the radial piston engine, to the aircraft that heralded the beginning of the jet age, several of the standout aircraft of this era will be performing during the Airshow.

Included will be the famous Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15, which was one of the first successful swept-wing jet fighters and one that achieved fame in the skies over Korea. The Mig-15 took designers and pilots from allied counties by complete surprise, as at the time the Soviet Union was believed to be 5 to 10 years behind in aircraft design. The MiG-15 is believed to be one of the most widely produced jet aircraft ever made, with over 18,000 built in the former soviet republics. The MiG-15 is often named along with other such great aircraft as the P51 Mustang as one of the best fighter aircraft of all time from all era’s.

The Hawker Hunter was one of the second generation of British jet fighter aircraft and saw service from the 1950s until the 1990’s. The Hunter served for many years with the Royal Air Force and was widely exported, serving with 19 air forces around the world. The most famous or infamous high point for the Hawker Hunter occurred on 5 April 1968 when a lone hunter pilot decided on his own initiative to mark the occasion of the RAF anniversary with an unauthorized display. He flew a Hawker Hunter single-seat jet fighter over London at low level, past the Houses of Parliament and finally under the top span of London’s Tower Bridge. Knowing that he was likely to be stripped of his flying status as a result of this display, he proceeded to "Barnstorm" several airfields in inverted flight at an altitude of about 200 feet on his way back to his base at RAF West Raynham.

The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan was one of the very last of the radial pistonengined military aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950’s. The T-28 was successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War and were also used by the CIA in the former Belgian Congo during the 1960‘s. The French Airforce also used locally remanufactured Trojans for close support missions in Algeria. The T28 has served with no less than 28 counties around the world and is well known for the distinctive deep rumble of it’s powerful Wright Cyclone R-1820 radial engine which produces around 1,500 hp which is equivalent to about three V8 supercars. Visitors to the Airshow should prepare to feel the noise!!!

‘We are continuing to provide new acts and introducing aircraft that will create an exciting atmosphere. These aircraft are popular for young and old and are a great addition to our air/program” said Daryl Corpe, Chairperson of the Wide Bay Australia International Airshow.

The 2011 Wide Bay Australia International Airshow rediscovers the performance of days gone by. Come and be entertained – 19th – 21st August 2011. You won’t be disappointed!

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