MEDIA RELEASE – Spitfire to Perform ANZAC Day Fly-Past Salutes

 Fly-past salutes for all regional ANZAC Day Services will this year be conducted by a replica Spitfire fighter aircraft bearing the insignia of legendary WW2 Fighter Ace, Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader.

Spitfire To Perform ANZAC Day Salutes


(Group Captain Bader re-joined the Royal Air Force in 1939 having earlier lost both of his legs in a training accident in 1931. He was noted for his actions at Dunkirk and during the Battle of Britain despite flying with artificial legs. He was knighted in 1976 in recognition of his campaigning for the disabled.)

As in previous years the Coral Coast Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has chartered the aircraft and scheduled the fly-past salutes which are sponsored by the Bundaberg Regional Council.

Regional fly-past coordinator Greg Barnes advised that the P51D Mustang that had previously been chartered to conduct the fly-pasts was being fitted with a new engine and it was unlikely that all CASA requirements could be met in time for the ANZAC Day flights.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have secured the Spitfire at such short notice and I’m sure that it will bring back many memories for some of our older diggers”, Mr Barnes said.

Flight schedules will be similar to previous years and are listed below:

BARGARA                                         0605

SOUTH KOLAN                               0621

ROSEDALE                                      0633

BUNDABERG                                   0915

GIN GIN                                             0940

CHILDERS                                       1000

WOODGATE                                    1020

ELLIOTT HEADS                             1125

MOORE PARK BEACH                   1145

BURNETT HEADS                          1450

Fly-over circuits of the townships of Coral Cove, InnesPark, Bargara & Burnett Heads will be conducted between 11.25am and 11.45am as the aircraft transits northwards from Elliott Heads to Moore Park Beach.

-ENDS-

All enquiries to Greg Barnes on 0407 155 727 please.

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