Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Old Station Fly-in & Heritage Show 2017 - Matt Hall Racing and conclusion

As the fifth and final post covering some of the action captured at Old Station Fly-in & Heritage Show 2017, we take a brief look at Matt Hall Racing, and other aircraft that flew in for the event.

After spending 18 years as a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and most of his military career flying McDonnell Douglas F-18A/B Hornets, Matt Hall now enjoys competing in the Red Bull Air Race Championship, and performing aerobatic displays at selected events including Old Station Fly-in's.
The most common aircraft Matt uses to perform aerobatic displays is Extra EA300L VH-IOG. Specifically built as a high performance aerobatic plane in Germany in 1999, VH-IOG is powered a very capable Textron-Lycoming AEIO-540-L1B, 6-cylinder engine. 

Another regular attendee at Old Station Fly-in's is Paul Bennet Airshows, and often ferry's a number of exotic aircraft to the event including Grumman American Aviation Corporation TBM-3E Avenger VH-MML as featured in a previous post.

Additionally, Wolf Pitts Pro VH-PVB has equally been a common sight for a number of years now.

This spectacular little buzz box is a purpose built aerobatic plane and was assembled in the United States in 2008. Providing ample power to allow the aircraft to perform the way it does is a purpose built Textron-Lycoming AEIO-540-EXP, 6-cylinder aerobatic engine.  

Accompanying VH-PVB this year was Amateur Built Pitts 12 VH-TYJ. Of interest, this aerobatic plane is powered by a Russian designed, Ivchenko M-14P, air-cooled, 9-cylinder radial engine.


And as always, the annual fly-in at Old Station Farm never fails to attract a huge variety of aircraft and helicopters that not only fly-in from the local region and further afield in Queensland, but increasingly from interstate locations.        


Until next time, we hope you enjoyed our coverage of Old Station Fly-in & Heritage Show 2017.