|A century of aviation history will be celebrated today with a spectacular airshow in the sky above the Nhill aerodrome.
It is anticipated that a crowd of around 5,000 people will attend the airshow to be treated to a display of aerobatics, sky diving and vintage aircraft in the sky, whilst on the ground there will be displays of vintage cars, military vehicles, a community market, fashion parade, and food stalls, along with flight simulators, photographic displays, joy flights and children’s activities.
Internationally renowned Paul Bennet and his team of sky aces will be one of the main attractions of the show.
View some of the action from the successful 2015 Nhill Airshow here.
Tickets are available at the gate or online via the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre’s website.
In October 1919 a small crowd of onlookers witnessed a de Havilland 6 aircraft, with pilot Robert W. McKenzie at the controls, land in a paddock on the outskirts of Nhill.
This marked the beginning of a remarkable aviation history in Nhill which over the last century has seen the aerodrome used as a R.A.A.F. base during World War Two, a passenger terminal for ANA, and a stopover point for many well- known aviators including Charles Kingsford- Smith and Amy Johnson.
The aerodrome continues to be a hive of aviation activity offering pilot training, firebombing and air ambulance services and is also home to the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre with its display of aircraft that were based there during World War Two, including a rare Wirraway, Tiger Moth, and an under-restoration Avro Anson.