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Bombs away: Hamel guns and fireworks light up the Puckapunyal parade ground in a fiery celebration
of the RAA's 140th and the School of Arty's 128th birthdays on August 20. About 400 people turned out
to watch gun races and a feu de joie before the Army Band-Melbourne performed the 1812 Overture
with four guns from 53 Bty (pictured) lighting up the evening sky. Maj-Gen Tim Ford, representative
Colonel Commandant for Artillery, reviewed the parade before a beating of the retreat and a bugler
playing as the flag was lowered at sunset. The usual dining-in was forgone in favour of a family night at
the OR's mess after the parade.
Arty celebrates milestones Flying in
By LCpl Mark Doran
THE RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team
will be one of the attractions at the
Museum of Australian Army Flying
(MAAF) annual fly-in at Oakey on
October 1 and 2.
All current Australian Army aircraft
will be on display during the fly-in,
including the Kiowa, Tiger, Black Hawk
and MRH-90, as well as more than 20
historic Warbirds, including a World War
II Antonov 2, an ex-Army Cessna and a
Bell Sioux from the Vietnam War.
MAAF Board Secretary Helen
Bawden said she anticipated some of
the aircraft would be involved in training
activities next to the museum over the
weekend, so visitors were likely to see
them in action.
"The Military Vehicle Collectors
Australia will be bringing antique mili-
tary vehicles, including an original
RAAF Ambulance from Oakey from the
1940s, which will be on show along with
uniforms and exhibits from other muse-
ums and collections," Mrs Bawden said.
"Sqn-Ldr Tony Blair, from the ADF
Basic Flying Training School, intends to
visit and perform aerobatic displays in
his Rebel 300 unlimited aerobatic aircraft
and there will be static and flying dis-
plays of model aircraft.
"The fly-in has been a popular event
for the past six years and last year we had
nearly 5000 visitors over the weekend."
Food and refreshments will be avail-
able all weekend and the Toowoomba
Municipal Band will perform on Sunday
from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
Gates open at 10am. Entry is $5 for adults and
free for children under 12. More information is at
Air show: An MRH90 will be among
the modern aircraft on display at the
Oakey Fly-In on October 1 and 2.
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