From San Diego to Wollongong, Matt Hall to put on a show at Wings Over Illawarra
From the waters of the Port of San Diego to the shorelines of the NSW South Coast, Australia’s only Red Bull Air Race pilot is ready for the 2017 Wings Over Illawarra Air Show (WOI) this weekend.
Illawarra Regional Airport, just south of Wollongong, will be a mecca for aviation enthusiasts come Saturday and Sunday. Those in attendance will be drawn to the history and romance of yesteryear, while modern day pilots, including Hall, will capture imaginations with spine tingling air displays.
Just weeks after debuting his brand new Zivko Edge 540 v3 raceplane at Red Bull Air Race San Diego, Hall will be at full throttle at WOI in his Extra 300L – the fastest, most powerful and maneuverable two-seat aerobatic aircraft in the country.
Known for his displays over Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve and at Supercars events, Hall returns to the Illawarra for another year of thrills after partnering with the event for the past four years.
But he will be just one of many draw cards at the event.
WOI organisers Mark and Kerry Bright have pulled off a major coup for this year with a rare WWII German fighter plane, a Focke-Wulf 190, confirmed as a part of the flying program.
A last minute canopy breakage ruled it out of the 2016 event, but now a year later the only aircraft of this kind will soar in the sky. It will do so in the same hour as Hall is scheduled to fly, the German relic and the modern Extra 300L penciled in to bookend the hour from 2:30pm – 3:30pm each day.
Also twisting and turning in the sky will be the immaculate 1943 Boeing Stearman owned by Chris Clark of Southern Biplane Adventures. The dazzling red biplane is a former WWII training aircraft, and has been a mainstay over the coast of the Illawarra since 2010, and is at home at the Illawarra Regional Airport.
Throughout the weekend, Hall’s Extra will call the Southern Biplane Adventures Hangar home, bringing today’s performance aerobatic aircraft of choice together with 1940’s American military icon.
Those hoping to meet Hall this weekend should make their way to the QBE Aviation stand in the trade exhibitor’s pavilion.