Warbirds at the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre Open Day this Sunday
By AFHQ, 04 December 2012 13:05:57

The final RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre public open day for 2012 will take enthusiasts into the world of Warbirds – with five privately-owned Warbirds added to the large Heritage Centre collection for display this Sunday.

The warbirds have been arranged through Aerotec in Toowoomba and include the iconic Australian-designed and built Winjeel, of which only 64 were built with the last one retiring from RAAF service in 1994.

Also on display is the Russian-built YAK radial-engined military trainer, and two ex-United States Air Force trainers, the T-6 Texan (Harvard) and T-28 Trojan; plus the baby of the imported warbirds, a Canadian DHC-1 Chipmunk, used by air forces around the world as an ab-initio trainer.

Add to that the large display at the Aviation Heritage Centre including two swing wing F-111s, capable of flying at over twice the speed of sound; the Korean War vintage Sabre which blacked out part of the Gold Coast when it hit high tension lines – and survived; and the former Army Aviation Iroquois – or ”Huey” – helicopter A2-771 which started its life in the Air Force back in the Vietnam War days.

Visitors to the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre will also have the opportunity to see a Vietnam-era Canberra and Caribou, World War 2 Boston bomber, Sioux helicopter, plus memorabilia including a display commemorating the sinking of the Hospital Ship “Centaur”.

A special treat for aerobatic enthusiasts is Wing Commander Tony Blair’s Rebel 300, the only example of its type in Australia, used by Tony in spectacular displays at air shows around the country.

Visitors can take time out from the exhibits to enjoy brewed coffee, tea, drinks and snacks available for purchase at the centre. Admission is free and photography is welcomed.

The Aviation Heritage Centre is open for the final 2012 open day for this Sunday, and then on the third Sunday of each month, in 2013, from 9am to 3pm.  Simply turn off the Cunningham Highway to RAAF Amberley near Ipswich and follow the signs.