Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pilots get the best view this Australia Day

This is the stunning view of our city that 60 pilots will be treated to this Australia Day.

And organizers of the air show say it's the closest that many planes will ever get to a capital city than anywhere else in the world.

Next weekend's City of Perth Air BP Air Show will feature everything from vintage aircraft, including a 1940s Tiger Moth and a World War II Stearman, to modern military marvels.

Display coordinator Werner Buhlmann, who will be flying three planes, said he felt privileged to be able to watch over the city on Australia Day.

"It's very rare to be able to have such a display so close to the city. I think we're unique in the world to do this,'' he said.

"Other places are too built up, but in Perth we can fly planes in formation, have simulated dogfights - we've even got smoke generators to make it that much more exciting."

Volunteering time out of his busy schedule as a corporate pilot, Mr Buhlmann said the teamwork it took to put the show together was astounding.

"There is simply no way we could make it work without people giving up their time, and their planes,'' he said.

"We have authorities and individuals coming together in a way that really reflects the best of our Australian character.''

PerthNow joined pilots on a practice run this week in a Robinson 22 helicopter. On Saturday, the R22 will be fitted with a smoke generator to set the scene for the show's dramatic opening at 3.45pm featuring a large gathering of vintage planes.

The events will conclude at 7.50pm when a 20,000 sq foot Australian flag fills the sky at sunset.

Story and Photo:   http://www.perthnow.com.au

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