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Privilege flying tomorrow

ROYAL Australian Air Force 100 Squadron commanding officer, Wing Commander Philip Beanland, says it will be a privilege flying into Serpentine on Sunday for the centenary of Australia’s first official air race.

The RAAF will have a strong presence in celebrations with an appearance in the sky by the Roulettes display team and a 100 Squadron Tiger Moth plane taking part in the re-enactment race flying over Boort and Mitiamo before pilots land their planes back at Serpentine.

Wing Cdr Beanland said the race entry plane was originally built for Rhodesia and then transferred to the RAAF when World War Two came to the Pacific.

It was used as a training plane and finished service in 1953 and assigned to 100 Squadron as one of its air-worthy assets when the squadron re-formed in 2021 for the RAAF centenary.

Wing Cdr Beanland said the squadron had 21 heritage aircraft in its fleet.

Two members of the squadron will be assigned to fly the Tiger Moth in Sunday’s race, leaving RAAF Base Point Cook for the flight to Serpentine.


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