Aircraft from the Australian Defence Force will share the skies over Tumut on Saturday 02 November at the annual Tumut Valley Air Show.
Army will showcase a Sydney-based S-70 Black Hawk helicopter and the Navy will display their Aviation Simulator on the ground, providing insights into a possible naval flying career for children on the day.
A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet and a C-27J battlefield airlifter will participate in a flypast display. Weather permitting, the Air force Balloon will tether during the day, providing a distinctive contrast with the other participating aircraft.
The C-27J battlefield airlifter will be from No. 35 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, located near Ipswich in south-east Queensland.
C-27J pilot and aircraft captain Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT) Justin Stevens said that the crew from No. 35 Squadron were looking forward to the flypast over Tumut which will be conducted at an altitude of roughly 250 feet.
“The Spartan can airdrop cargo and paratroops in-flight, airlift a variety of loads and conduct aeromedical evacuation of the sick or wounded,” FLTLT Stevens said.
“The Spartan can operate from unsurfaced airstrips, and support humanitarian missions in remote locations across Australia and in the Pacific region.”
Sharing the skies with the ADF contribution will be vintage planes, including a Chinese Nanchang trainer, a Commonwealth Aircraft Factories Wirraway trainer and a Russian Yak 52 trainer.
Tumut Aero Club Secretary Rod Blundell emphasised that the event is the highlight in the regional flying calendar and is anticipated by locals and visitors alike. Details about the event are available at www.tumutaeroclub.org.au
2:20pm – flypast by Army S-70 Black Hawk helicopter
12:30pm – flypast by RAAF C-27J Spartan
12:40pm – flypast by RAAF F/A-18A Hornet
All day - tethered flights in the Air Force Balloon
Tumut Aero Club, Tumut Aerodrome, Wee Jasper Road, Tumut NSW