Historic Hurricane flies for Rescue Helicopter
A historic WW2 Hawker Hurricane will be the star attraction at a special air display in the Upper Hunter to help raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service on 12 November.
The fully restored Hurricane will take to the sky for her official unveiling and first public event during the ‘Flight of the Hurricane’ at Scone Airport. She’ll be among a select group of rare warbirds on display including a Spitfire VIII, P-51 Mustang, Grumman Avenger, CAC Wirraway, T-28 Trojan and a L-39 Albatros.
Well known aviation business owner, restorer and pilot Ross Pay along with Hurricane owner, John Brooks, have helped plan the event with several major aviation businesses and organisations lending their support.
“It’s been more than 70 years since a Hurricane has flown in Australia,” Mr Pay said.
“Since finding her in Canada it’s taken a team of experts nearly three years to bring her back to her full glory, with a new colour scheme to mark the occasion.”
As a lasting tribute, the Hurricane now features the markings of Hunter-born Pilot Officer John Dallas Crossman, killed in action when he was shot down in the aircraft during the Battle of Britain on 30 September, 1940.
Gates open at Scone Airport at 10am with flying displays scheduled from 11-3pm. There’ll also be aerobatic displays, helicopter joy flights along with markets and a Kids Corner. Admission is $15 adults, $40 family ticket and free entry for children under 12 with all proceeds going to the Rescue Helicopter.
John Brooks is a member of the Service’s Scone Volunteer Support Group and says the air show’s historic gathering is a must-see.
“This event is a great way for the community, and aircraft enthusiasts from across the country, to come along and support the valuable work of the Rescue Helicopter in our region,” Mr Brooks said.
Every year the Service is called to more than 1,000 missions including transporting people from accident scenes, transferring critically ill patients between hospitals and undertaking search and rescue operations.