Praise for Port Lincoln Air Show

STUNT: Paul Bennet in his cockpit as Joel Brown completed his jump over the plane in one of the air show's featured stunts. Picture: John White

STUNT: Paul Bennet in his cockpit as Joel Brown completed his jump over the plane in one of the air show's featured stunts. Picture: John White

The first Port Lincoln Air Show has been labelled a success by organisers and pilots despite challenging weather conditions.

About 3000 people are estimated to have gathered at the Port Lincoln Airport on Sunday to watch the aerial displays put on by pilots from across Australia.

People also enjoyed the stationary displays of planes and vintage cars throughout the show area, including the display of Jack Doudy 1943 Auster plane.

Starting from 11am with Rod Benson parachuting in with a large Australian flag while local student Charlee Watt performed the national anthem, there was a full day of entertainment.

The day started with warm, sunny conditions but grey clouds gathered throughout the morning with the first major rainfall happening about midday.

Another rainfall event at about 2.30pm prompted many audience members to call it a day.

However the day’s program continued when the rain cleared and finished as scheduled at 4pm.

Wagga Wagga based pilot Alex Von Mengersen, who flew in the Nanchangs display alongside Jindabyne pilot Paul Duncan, said he felt it was a well organised event.

“I hope we put something out there that was entertaining for everyone to see,” he said.

Paul Bennet was one of the main pilots featured during the day with his Wolf Pitts Pro aircraft, which included a stunt where motorcyclist Joel Brown jumped over his plane.

Mr Bennet said the weather would’ve been a challenge to some pilots but overall it was a well organised event.

“Hopefully there will be another show and we can do it all again,” he said. Also featured was Ceduna’s Chris Sperou.

It wasn’t just pilots praising the show, Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said congratulations should go to the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council and all involved for a great day.

“It was well supported by all people of Eyre Peninsula,” he said. “Once again Eyre Peninsula has demonstrated it can really put on a show.”

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