Flying Program

This is a 2 day event,  Both Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October.

There will be an airdrop displaying the National Flag together with the Australian Aboriginal flag at 11.00am on Saturday 1st October 2016

A flying program will take place from 11.30am until approximately 2.30pm, on both Saturday and Sunday,

After the flying program on the Sunday there will be a musical performance by guitarist Josh Needs.

Both Paul Bennet Airshows and the Russian Roolettes will be performing acrobatic displays to delight all patrons and will are also expecting some defence aircraft to attend. Rod Hall will also demonstrate his Top Gun Albatross fighter. It is also anticipated there will be local aircraft in the flying display.


Paul Bennett –
Wolf Pitt Pro – Hand built by Steve Wolf – highest performing aerobatic biplane in the world – engine 400hp Lycoming – roll rate incredible 360deg per second – weight 450kg

Pitts Special – Manufacturer Curtis Pitts – single seat light aerobatic biplane – 250hp Lycoming

TBM-3E Avenger – Developed by Grumman and renamed ‘The Avenger” after the attack on Pearl Harbour – carrier borne torpedo bomber – Wright Cyclone R2600 – 20 engine – spectacular wing folding/unfolding action

T28 Trojan – North American Aviation – Built early 1950 as a trainer – Saw action in Vietnam

CAC3 Wirraway – The Wirraway was a development of the North American NA-16 but substantially worked on to make it an iconic Australian design saw action against Japanese forces and was the catalyst for the development of the Boomerang.

Yak 52 – Manufacturer Yakovlev – Two seat training – Engine 9 Cyl radial – superb aerobatic aircraft.

Russian Roolettes – Aerobatic team  – pending confirmation
Nanchang CJ6 – China’s Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Co – Two Seat Trainer – HS6 radial piston engine

YAK 52 – Manufacturer Yakovlev – Two seat training – Engine 9 Cyl radial – superb aerobatic aircraft.

Rod Hall –
L39C Albatross – Czechoslovakian Two seat Military Trainer – ceiling 36,100 ft – speed 750 klmH


Jet Adventure Flights Available –

Fleet Helicopters- Harvard (fixed wing aircraft)

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The Harvard is a Second World War trainer built in 1942, they were used as basic trainers and also for the purpose of combat training. Pilots of the day had to conquer the Harvard before stepping into the famous P-51 Mustang. The Harvard is powered by a 600 horsepower Pratt and Whitney R1340, 9 cylinder radial engine which gives the aircraft plenty of performance. Harvards can been seen performing at Aerobatic displays at Airshows all around the World and always catch the eyes of spectators.

Other –
Cessna Citation – pending confirmation

Polair Police Surveillance Helicopter

Aviation College D20 and D40

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Various static display a/c from Kempsey Aero Club and Hastings Aero Club

And yet to be advised Defence Assets

Please regularly visit website for updates as other aircraft are under negotiation, vintage, military and private.

Aircraft Display


Wolf Pitt Pro
T28 Trojan
CAC Wirraway
Yak 52
Nanchangs – YAK 52 Aerobatic team
L39C Albatross
D20 Trainer
D40 Trainer
Citation Mustang

Various Model aircraft – 3 exhibitors
Beech 19 A Musketeer
Cessna 206 Amphibian



Jet adventure flight available with Rod Hall.
Rod has held an Australian Flying Licence since 1968 and has accumulated over 8000 hours flying command experience. Originally trained by Wing Commander Ken Andrews (RAAF retired) Rod has gone on to gain training with current RAAF Military Instructors in combat, and is approved in Air shows for low level Jet display, including the only Air show two ship Combat jet Display in the country. Chief Pilot Rod Hall is joined by two Top Guns who are current RAAF Military Combat Instructors flying F-18 and BAE Hawk Fighter Jets. For more information about Jetfighter, please contact us.


The Rural Fire Service are bringing a BK 117  Helicopter  and an  802 Air tractor/ water bomber, who will do a water bombing demonstration.


The Royal Australian Navy has announced the MRH90 helicopter will indeed be in attendance at the show, with opportunity to “see touch feel” this amazing aircraft.


Please regularly visit website for updates as other aircraft are under negotiation, vintage, military and private.

Defense Exhibits

We are aware that Defence Recruiting is sending a team of army, navy and air force members to the event, to promote Defence as a career.


The Royal Australian Navy has just announced the presence of a MRH90 Helicopter


Heli Joy flights will be available for purchase each day, provided by Heli Service

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Sunday 02 October  2.30 pm at completion of air show activity. Special Performance by Josh Needs, singer, songwriter and extraordinary guitarist who has shared stages with Diesel, Russel Morris, Jon Stevens and more


The management Committee intends to make the long weekend October 1st and 2nd 2016 an exciting and fun-filled day at Kempsey Airport.

A carnival atmosphere is planned and this will include a variety of activities to suit all ages.

At this stage, we are seeking appropriate operators to join us in making the day a huge success.

Contact Bill Quaglio at for more information.


There will be a range of Food Drink and Coffee stalls as well as aircraft related stalls at the air show for your enjoyment

Food vendors / stalls currently confirmed:

Sweet & sour Liquorice

Angel – Thai Laos food

Gourmet Taste Sensations  – Salt & pepper grinders / Dukkah

Kempsey Basketball  associationNachos, Burritos, Tacos-  Beef, Bean, Chicken, cans and bottles of soft drink, poppers, homemade cakes,

Rod Work – baked potatoes with various toppings

Macleay Valley Mustangs RFC –  Egg & Bacon Rolls, Steak Sandwiches, Sausage Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Chips (Crisps), Chocolate Bars and Lollies, Cans of Soft Drink, Sports Drinks, Bottled Water, Mustangs Merchandise – Shirts & Caps etc

Peak coffee –  Coffee

Spanish Fiesta  – Coffee Van

The coffee Shot vans –  Coffee, Chai, Latte, chocolate

Dutch Poffertjes House – Poffertjes (Dutch mini pancakes), soft drinks, kids drinks, and water.



Contact Bill Quaglio at for more information.

Airshow Dinner

Plans are under way to hold a Wings Over Macleay Dinner on the evening of Saturday 1st October 2016. Tickets now available for this exciting dinner function.  Menu to be advised, which will be either a buffet or 3 course served sit down dinner.

The event is to be held at Kempsey-Macleay RSL Club. Guest Speaker will be renowned pilot, Paul Bennett. To read more on his achievements his website is :

The second Guest Speaker is the amazing local talent Josh Needs, come along and listen to Josh explain his journey into the music world.

This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy  hugely interesting stories and to meet many of the participants in the Air Show, as well as live entertainment with your dinner. This is a special opportunity for you to meet the air show pilots and Josh Needs in person.

Attendance numbers will be limited to about 150, due to the size of the venue.

Free wine, beer or soft drink on arrival. 3 course sit down dinner, Tea and Coffee, Cost $65.00 per head.