HIGH FLYER: Chief Pilot and managing director of Action Aerobatics in the Hunter Valley, Phil Unicomb flew his Pitts Special S-2A plane at the 2011 Grand Airshow on Sunday.
HIGH FLYER: Chief Pilot and managing director of Action Aerobatics in the Hunter Valley, Phil Unicomb flew his Pitts Special S-2A plane at the 2011 Grand Airshow on Sunday.

6000 turn out for Grand Air Show

THE Whitsunday community was out in force at the Grand Air Show at Whitsunday Airport last Sunday.

More than 6000 people from across the region helped celebrate the airport’s 50th birthday.

The air show also attracted people from Mackay, Townsville and even Melbourne.

Whitsunday Airport owner Jeffrey Ruddell was almost speechless when he saw just how many people turned up on the day.

"It thought it was a brilliant day," he said.

"There were so many kids who were inspired."

Mr Ruddell said it just went to show how much support the community had for the airport.

Airport manager Peta McMullan said the air show proved to be a great way to mark a remarkable milestone for the airport and for the region.

The crowd were in awe as the pilots from MaxxG Aerobatics performed their breath-taking routine and as the RAAF Roulettes performed in unison.

Ms McMullan said it was great to be able to bring such highly-respected air show performers to the region.

"The guys from the Roulettes said it was in the top three air shows they have done," she said.

Ms McMullan also said MC and local resident Dennis Mundle made the day and helped to keep the audience entertained and well-informed.

Mr Ruddell with the day being such a huge success said he hoped to host an air show every two years.

"We can only grow from that," he said.

"We plan to have one bigger and better for two years time."


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