Flying Program

A Caribou Aircraft will open the airshow with an airdrop displaying the National Flag together with the Australian Indigenous Flag at 9am on Saturday 1st October 2016

A flying program will take place from 11.30am until approximately 2.30pm  and will include displays by the visiting historic aircraft owned by the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) as well as other visiting modern and vintage models.

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
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

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

Polair Police Surveillance Helicopter

Aviation College D20 and D40

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


And yet to be advised Defence Assets

De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou – Rugged short take-off and landing capabilities for short runways – workhorse of the RAAF for 45 years – 2 x P&W R2000 Twin Wasp Radial engines – saw action in Vietnam and Timor and widely used in civil aid both in Australia and Overseas. HARS has two flying examples.

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

Aircraft Display

DHC-4 Caribou

Wolf Pitt Pro
T28 Trojan
CAC Wirraway
Yak 52
Nanchangs – YAK 52 Aerobatic team
L39C Albatross
D20 Trainer
D40 Trainer
Citation Mustang
De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou
Various Model aircraft – 3 exhibitors
Beech 19 A Musketeer
Cessna 206 Amphibian

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.

To date, we have not been advised whether defence aircraft are visiting Wings Over Macleay.


Helicopter Joy flights will be available for purchase each day.

Josh Needs official

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

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 will soon be available for this quality function menu to be advised at a future date.

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 a hugely interesting story and to meet many of the participants in the Air Show.

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, Tickets available shortly.