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Air show countdown

THRILLS in the sky and on the ground will see aviation enthusiasts mingling with locals and visitors from across Australia when Serpentine finally celebrates the first official air racing starting from the town.

The event had been scheduled for two years ago, but just as international travel was grounded by COVID, so too was the Serpentine Air Race.

Thanks to the amazing local committee, members of the East Loddon Historical Society, sponsors and a supportive community, the air show is on!

A re-enactment by Tiger Moths of that first air race will be over a 70-mile courses from Serpentine, over Boort and Mitiamo and landing back in Serpentine an hour or so later, the winner receiving the 2022 Serpentine Air Race cup to mark the occasion.

Throughout the day spectators will be treated to heart-stopping aerobatic displays and historical warbirds roaring across the Serpentine Airfield skies.

Showcasing vintage aircrafts and vehicles, historic displays and street food, the aerial event promises to unite locals, history buffs and aircraft enthusiasts

Aerial entertainment and displays throughout the day include feats by the Royal Air Force Roulettes and the historic RAAF airplanes of 100 Squadron.

Paul Bennet Airshows stable of airplanes includes the Wolf Pitt, Grumman Avenger, Wirraway and Trojan which he intends to bring to Serpentine - the Wolf Pitts Pro a rare and unique plane made for aerobatics.

Paul Bennet Air Shows will thrill crowds with aerobatic stunts and there will be static display of historic and modern airplanes.

East Loddon Historical Society is bringing together the local communities to host a family orientated commemorative celebration Wings of Peace 1920-2020 Centenary Celebration.

The society will have a special display of the race’s history, including the cup won by Lt HW Treloar more the a century ago and presented to him two months later by East Loddon Shire President Cr Tonkin.

Confirmation of the cup making a special appearance outside its home at RAAF Museum, Point Cook, has been a source of joy for the historical society after two years of negotiations.

And the society will be supporting the work of Bendigo Legacy from funds raised from the day, honouring the service of East Loddon men and women over more than a century in service to their country for freedom and democracy.

East Loddon Historical Society is encouraging patrons to purchase tickets online. There are many patrons who are still holding tickets purchased for the postponed 2020 Serpentine

Air Race, these tickets will still be valid to enter the event site on Sunday March 20 2022.

Visit serpentineairace.com.au for bookings and information.


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