Warrnambool Aero Club secretary Jeff Davies and vice-president Paul O’Rourke (back) are looking forward to hosting the RAAF Roulettes this weekend as part of the club’s 50th anniversary celebrations.THE Warrnambool Aero Club was higher than a kite after landing the famous RAAF Roulettes to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary this weekend.
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The skilled aerobatics team will arrive at the Warrnambool Airport on Sunday at 10am, giving the public a chance to see their aircraftup close and meet the pilots before their aerial display at 1pm.

As well as the acrobatic planes, the airport will host a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, a Russian single-engine biplane, a display by the Warrnambool Model Aero Club and the Warrnambool Airport’s Hems-4 air ambulance.

Club vice-president Paul O’Rourke said people would have the unique opportunity to see aircraft up close, talk with pilots and learn more about the airport and the south-west’s aviation history.

“When we were thinking about what we wanted to do the Roulettes were the first choice,” he said.

“You live in hope so it was quite a pleasant surprise they said ‘yes’.

“We thought it was too big a thing to keep it to ourselves so we wanted to open it up to the community to come down and enjoy the day with us.

“It’s the perfect opportunity for families at the start of school holidays to have a fun day out with something a bit different,” he said.

The biplane will arrive today to allow the public to book joy rides on the weekend.

The club is holding its 50th anniversary dinner tomorrow night, celebrating the history of aviation in south-west Victoria.

“Not many people know that Paul McGuinness, who co-founded Qantas, lived in Warrnambool and was born in Framlingham,” Mr O’Rourke said.

To volunteer at the event or become a club member call 0427 422 478 or email [email protected]南京夜网.

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