Yak Attack!

Have you been wondering what the plane on the posters, flyers and Web site is? Well, it’s a Yak.


Its full name is the Yakovlev Yak-52, and the one in the picture lives at Lilydale Airport, and belongs to Andrew Temby. The Yak is a Soviet-era Russian-designed military aerobatic trainer aircraft, with two seats and a big 360 horsepower nine-cylinder radial engine. Andrew’s Yak was built in Romania in 2004, but the first Yak-52 flew in 1976. It looks like a much older design, but when you see it flying, you know it’s something special.

Some say the Yak uses power rather than aerodynamics to muscle its way around the sky, and it’s an interesting contrast to compare this grumbling Russian machine with the screaming precision of a modern “western” aerobatic aircraft such as the Extra 300, which you’ll also see at the Lilydale Air Show.

And the smoke in the picture is display smoke… it’s pumped out to make it easier for spectators to see.


They may be fun, but they’re not toys!

As kids, many of us made plastic model aircraft, and dreamed we were the little pilots inside them. Some of the more enthusiastic of us moved on to make our own radio-controlled model aircraft out of balsa and tissue paper, powered by a high-pitched glow-plug engine. If that’s what you think radio-controlled model aircraft look like these days, you are truly mistaken! A few modellers have continued the passion and now design and build beautiful, incredibly detailed, high performance aircraft that happen to be not full sized.

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Model aircraft flying today is as sophisticated as general aviation. At Lilydale Airport, we are lucky to have as neighbours the Lilydale District Model Flying Association (LDMFA), and they are showcasing some of their most amazing aircraft.

Some, such as the half-scale Piper Pawnee, are almost big enough to carry pilots. One of the displays at Lilydale Air Show on Sunday will be the Pawnee towing and releasing a radio-controlled glider. It’s easy to get the model flying bug, and LDMFA will have also have a static display and information desk so that you can join this enthusiastic band of pilots.

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RAAF PC-9 Solo Display

Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Morgan is a flying instructor. But unlike the Lilydale Flying School instructors who teach students in the tiny Jabirus and the ever-reliable Piper Warriors, Jonathan teaches in a much bigger, much more powerful, and much faster aircraft! The Pilatus PC-9!


Jonathan is at Central Flying School in East Sale, and was previously a member of the RAAF’s elite formation team the Roulettes. The PC-9 is the RAAF’s advanced turbo-prop trainer, and will be making some high speed passes over the airfield at speeds of up to 550 kmh! The two-seat PC-9s’s Pratt and Whitney PT6A engine produces 950 horsepower, and Jonathan will be working hard doing loops, rolls, hammerheads and inverted flying, pulling between 6G and minus 3G.


As well as seeing the PC-9 in the air, you’ll also be able to see the PC-9 on the ground amongst the display aircraft. Don’t miss seeing this graceful and awesome aircraft at Lilydale Air Show on Sunday!

Mighty Mustang!

Arguably the greatest American fighter aircraft of World War II was the North American P-51 Mustang. The Mustang was also one of Australia’s most important fighters. The RAAF’s 3 Squadron was the first to be equipped with Mustangs in Italy in 1944, but the majority of RAAF Mustangs were made here in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation. CAC assembled 80 CA-17, and fully manufactured 120 CA-18 Mustangs between 1945 and 1952. CAC Mustangs served in the Korean War with 77 Squadron.

The Mustang that will grace the skies over Lilydale is a CA-18 Mustang, made in Port Melbourne, and it is powered by the most famous aircraft engine of all time: the Merlin. A 1500 horsepower, supercharged V-12 with a displacement of 27 litres! The Rolls Royce Merlin was also used in the Spitfire, Lancaster, Hurricane and Mosquito.


This beautifully restored machine is owned and flown by Jeff Trappett from Morwell.

We’ll be shutting down the public address system when the Mustang flies over so that you can enjoy the sweet sound of the Merlin and the muscle of the mighty Mustang, one of the fastest and most graceful piston-engine aircraft ever built.


Fast Italian Jet

You don’t often see jet aircraft at the smaller airfields like Lilydale, and it’s even rarer to see small fast ex-military jet trainers. One of the prettiest jet trainer is the Italian-designed SAIA Marchetti S-211.

At Lilydale Air Show, you’ll get to see not one, but two S-211s flying close in formation! (They can’t land here, but they will be making a very spectacular aerial display!)


Both S-211s on display were built in 1985, and served with the Republic of Singapore Air Force until 2008. Their top speed is over 360 knots… that’s 660 kph! The two-seaters can fly as high as 40,000 feet, and are powered by a Pratt and Whitney JT-15 turbofan engine.

Cover your ears, because these little rockets make a lot of noise as they scream past!

Radial Engine Thumper!

If the ground is not too soft for landing, visitors to the Lilydale Air Show will be awed by the mighty North American T-28 Trojan, flown by Christopher Godfrey.

TrojanThis imposing military trainer and counter-insurgency aircraft previously saw service with the US Air Force and the Royal Laos Air Force, before finding its way to Australia. The Trojan weighs almost three tonnes when empty! And it has a huge Wright Cyclone radial engine, producing 1,425 horsepower. The 9 cylinder supercharged engine has a displacement of 30 litres, and makes a wonderful sound!