75 Flying Years at the Nhill Airshow

The Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre Inc. together with the Nhill Air Show sub-committee and the Nhill community invites everyone to attend the Nhill Air Show 2015.  The Air Show is celebrating 75 years of the RAAF training base at Nhill Aerodrome.  During WWII over 10,000 personnel trained at the base and were welcomed into the Nhill community.  The Air Show will also celebrate the hospitality and innovation both of the 1940’s and the current day.

The Air Show to be held on Saturday 10th October 2015 has something for everyone.  Gates open and the community market commences at 9.00am, with the amazing flying program running from 11.00am – 4.30pm.

The current flying program includes a CAC Wirraway, P51 Mustang, Stinson Reliant, T28 Trojan, P40 Kittyhawk, Pitts Special (aerobatic display aircraft), Marchetti S2-11 jet, CAC Boomerang, Tiger Moths, DH Chipmunk, Cessna’s, Heritage Trainer Formation Display team (including Winjeel and CT4), Ryan SCW and Ryan PT22.  Excitement is building for the appearance of the RAAF Roulettes.  We are lucky enough to have all seven roulettes attending the Air Show who will be available to sign posters and have photographs taken with visitors.

Corporate and local businesses along with community members are providing sponsorship of aircraft to cover the costs of getting aircraft to Nhill.  Major sponsorship has been provided by Luv-a-Duck, Wimmera Mallee Waste, Millers Contractors, Inroads, Tristar Medical Group, Hannaford Seed Master Services Hindmarsh, Horsham Aviation Services, Charter Keck Cramer, Linfox, and Shaw and Partners.

There will be something for everyone at the Nhill Air Show, not just in the air but on the ground too.  Children’s activities include jumping castle, face painting, model wooden airplane building and paper plane competition.  The paper plane competition is open to people of all ages!

An extensive market with stallholder’s selling produce created by the local Karen community, second hand books, children’s clothing, native plants, handbags created from recycled material, card products and magnetic therapy products.  

Other items of interest include a fashion display of 1940’s clothing, informative and interactive displays provided by the Horsham Air Cadets, Royal Flying Doctors Service aero medical simulator, small engines, vintage cars, and military vehicles.  There will also be static aviation displays and information available at the Air Show.  Informative talks will be given by WWII veterans and local identities, telling stories from yesteryear and current projects like the Avro Anson restoration. 

Local community groups along with commercial vendors are catering for the event.

There will be other great activities happening around the area over the weekend, including a 60/40 dance at the Netherby Hall, an aviation themed movie at the Nhill Cinema, locally hosted dinners on the Saturday evening (bookings essential), and the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra performing in Jeparit.  Sunday a car boot sale in Nhill and a golf tournament at the Nhill Golf Course will round out a great weekend.

All roads and flight paths lead to the Nhill Aerodrome on Saturday 10th October 2015.  Nhill Aerodrome is located 3 kilometres from the township of Nhill and easily accessible by vehicle but if you prefer not to drive there will be a shuttle bus running from town to the aerodrome regularly over the weekend.  The cost of a shuttle bus is a gold coin donation for each trip.  

Alternatively, how about arriving at the Nhill Air Show in classic style, travelling in a beautiful Douglas DC3!  In the 50’s, these aircraft flew the Melbourne to Adelaide route, stopping at Nhill.  First flown in 1935, the DC3 was famous around the world for safe and reliable air travel. They are arguably one of the most influential aircraft ever built, and after 80 years some are still flying commercially.  

The DC-3 will leave Essendon Airport 8.30am Saturday morning 10th October and arrive in time for the action packed Air Show program.  The returning flight will depart Nhill at midday on Sunday 11th, arriving again in Essendon at approximately 2.30pm.

For ongoing information and updates, ticket purchases for the Nhill Air Show or for the DC-3 visit the website