Two very different wartime memories will be seen at the Valley View Air Show on Saturday.
In the sky will be Whiskey Whiskey Alpha, putting on a good turn for a 71 year old. Built in 1942 as America re-armed after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Whiskey was designed as a T-6 Texan fighter trainer for the United States Army Air Force and the US Navy.
Whiskey was completely rebuilt at Jandakot 20 years ago by a trio of enthusiasts, including Adrian Thomas who bought out his partners two years later. Flying the T-6 Texan with its 600hp Pratt & Whitney engine is a definite buzz for Mr Thomas, who is looking forward to thrilling spectators at tomorrow’s event.
Firmly on the ground is the Gallipoli trench project, replicating what faced the Anzacs in 1915. Those who have seen the trench before will be amazed by its progress, and coordinator Tim Rust is confident the trench will be completed in time for next year’s centenary of the Gallipoli landing.
Gates will open at 2pm on Saturday for the Air Show and Gallipoli trench project, with admission at $20 per car.
A highlight of the event will be the evening concert spectacular with the Royal Australian Navy Band, with tickets covering the air show and concert at $70 still available at Queens Park Theatre, Bennetts On The Mall or Sun City Skin Cancer Clinic, 5 Hermitage Street. Clearly signposted, Valley View is located on the Mullewa road, 25kms after Geraldton Airport.