10th September 2015
Although four years have passed since Airlie Beach last hosted its air show, it appears the organisers have been wisely using their time to make this year's event the biggest and best yet. Held over the weekend of September 26 and 27, Airlie Beach accommodation is gearing up for the influx of aviation enthusiasts set to take over the town at the end of the month.
Held at the privately owned Whitsunday Airport, the Airlie Beach Airshow 2015 has already surpassed previous shows with the celebrations now extended over two days. Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27 will see the aviation facility at Flametree throw open its gates to the public to offer a show of aircraft that must be seen to be believed.
Some of the aircraft lined up for the show include an L39 Fastjet, Grumman Avenger, P-51 Mustang, Tigermoth and T-28 Trojan. Show attendees will also have the option to sign up for joy flights and explore a number of static displays on the ground. Meanwhile, up above the sky will come alive with some of Australia's best aeronautical acrobatics.
Already signed up for the Airshow is Paul Bennet, one of the country's leading air show performers. Paul will perform a 12-minute long solo display of engine-screaming, high-energy aerobatics in a Wolf Pitt, beginning at a height of 3,500 feet and dropping all the way down to the ground. Another highlight of the Airlie Beach Airshow will be a rare visit by all six of the RAAF Roulettes.
With a week-long 'fly-in' in the lead up to the Airshow, Airlie Beach accommodation can expect aviators from as far afield as Melbourne and Tasmania. Throughout the beachside town, various other ticketed events will be held in conjunction with the Airshow including a 'meet the pilots' cocktail function at Capers and an incredible runway dinner held on the tarmac at Flametree.