Airshow amazes big crowd of 5,000

SPECTACULAR:  Local photographer Tabitha Runkel, of Tabitha Runkel Photography, captured this incredible photograph of stunt pilot Paul Bennet getting up close to a wall of flames at the weekend.
SPECTACULAR: Local photographer Tabitha Runkel, of Tabitha Runkel Photography, captured this incredible photograph of stunt pilot Paul Bennet getting up close to a wall of flames at the weekend.

An event that never disappoints again lit up the skies above the Sir Hubert Wilkins Aerodrome on Sunday. 

The Jamestown Air Spectacular attracted 5,000 aviation enthusiasts to witness the pyrotechnics and history through the prominent airplanes. 

The highlight and crowd favourite of day was said to be the Avenger and Mustang aircrafts, which through their sound and image are set apart from the others. 

“The Mustang always attracts a good crowd, it has an engine that roars like a lion and has a beautiful sound to it. The Avenger is a good one too because it folds its wings up”, Jamestown Air Spectacular secretary Sharon Thomas said. 

Other planes including older planes from the 1930s, World War Two planes with 12 cylinder engines and more current aircraft were on display. 

“The crowd were just amazed and blown away. The pyrotechnics were better than ever before, the planes were better. The weather was just perfect which helps as lot”, Sharon said.

Those who attended were highly impressed with the show with the committee blown away with the positive feedback that they have received. 

“I think there was some good enthusiasm. We had certainly more war birds and everything on Facebook has been very positive, we have had very few complaints. You just couldn’t have asked for a better show.” 

The event helps raise funds for local Jamestown clubs and charities but also poses as a major fundraising event for the Jamestown Flying Group who are responsible for the upkeep of the runway. 

“We have to take care of the strip, our main job is to make sure that the flying doctor can land here”, Sharon explained.

“That is why this group was formed 30 years. It was a dirt strip, we then turned it into a rubble strip and now it is a proper strip and it has to be maintained. We would like to thank our sponsors because if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be able to do it.”

“We had 200 volunteers on the day, we would like to thank everybody because we wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”