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2018 David Hack Classic Toowoomba

Scott Williamson has written the following article as a guest writer and photographer for ASO. Scott has been shooting aircraft for a number of years and that certainly shows in this article. Thanks for your contribution Scott. 



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David Hack Classic 2018. Photo: Scott Williamson

2018 David Hack Classic Toowoomba

From the moment the sun’s rays peaked over the Toowoomba range on Sunday May 20 2018, we knew that we were in for a great day. With near perfect conditions the airfield echoed the sounds of round as two Winjeels and a Yak 52 taxied out for operation ‘dawn patrol’. This signalled the beginning of activities of the 2018 David Hack Classic Meet, with this year celebrating 20 years of this event.

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David Hack Classic 2018. Photo: Scott Williamson

The David Hack Classic is organised by the Toowoomba North Rotary Club in association with Aerotec QLD. The event is a celebration of both wings and wheels with an overarching focus of being a pure fundraising event with beneficiaries being the Leukaemia Foundation, Blue Care nursing and other selected Charities. 20 years ago the event was initially organised to celebrate a birthday of a young man named David Hack, being held at the Aerotec Hangar, Toowoomba Airport. Unfortunately, young David, a passionate and avid car enthusiast and photographer, lost his battle with Leukaemia just days before he was able to enjoy the organised gathering. After this it was decided by those who organised the initial celebration, who were also part of the Rotary group, to honour this young man by dedicating an annual event which would also serve as a fundraising event to benefit the Leukaemia Foundation. From those early years the event has grown into what is now considered one of the most unique events on the aviation calendar. And 2018 was certainly no exception!

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David Hack Classic 2018. Photo: Scott Williamson


Aerotec  (QLD) Toowoomba has a unique collection of Warbird and Classic aircraft and forms the nucleus of the aircraft that were on display. Added to this, you have other operators of Warbird and classic aircraft based at the Toowoomba airfield along with the strong and generous support from other operators of Warbird, Classic, GA and recreational aircraft and you have a wonderful collection of aircraft in one location! Among the Warbirds this year we had no fewer than five (5) North American T-28’s, four (4) CAC Winjeels, Harvards (SNJ & T-6), P51D Mustang, Yaks and Nanchang. The event has attracted some wonderful aircraft over the last 20 years inclusive of Hawker Sea Fury’s, Mk.VIII Spitfire, various Wirraway’s, CAC Boomerangs, A37 Dragonfly and various Harvards and T-6 examples.

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David Hack Classic 2018. Photo: Scott Williamson
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David Hack Classic 2018. Photo: Scott Williamson


Red Thunder Air Show 26th and 27th May, 2018 … Click for more information.


It would be remiss of me not to mention the 462 unique vehicles that were also on display this year spanning 100 years of vintage, classic, muscle and exotic motoring ranging from the Australian made products and motoring examples from around the world!

The aviation aspect of the event is a true fly-in as apposed to an airshow, however there was plenty of wonderful aviation noise through the day, with visiting aircraft operators coming and going through the day at their leisure, in addition to the aircraft that were available for adventure flights for those willing. Depending on the experience one was looking for, there was the adventure of the P-51D Mustang the T-28-D Trojan or an aussie built CAC Winjeel. If a scenic flight was on order, the Classic Waco was on hand to take you in style!

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David Hack Classic 2018. Photo: Scott Williamson


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David Hack Classic 2018. Photo: Scott Williamson


RAAF C-27J Spartan

This year was also history making as the event hosted the Royal Australian Air Force’s new C-27J Spartan. Having Having Australian Defence Force assets support this event is not new as Helicopter assets from the Oakey Army Aviation Centre are regular attendees at this event. However, this year we were privileged to have had the Spartan in attendance. In addition, the aircraft was also crewed predominately by born and bred Toowoomba locals, affording the opportunity to not only be an integral part of the event, but also return home and enjoy catching up with family and friends.

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David Hack Classic 2018. Photo: Scott Williamson
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David Hack Classic 2018. Photo: Scott Williamson


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David Hack Classic 2018. Photo: Scott Williamson

What is in store for the events 21st  year? Who knows at this stage, however suffice to say that the dust will have had little chance to settle on this event before planning begins for the next year.

Written and Photographed by Scott Williamson.

If you would like more information on this event you can find it here – http://therotaryclub.com.au/content/628/david-hack-classic 


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Warbird Photo Competition Finalists.

edit: OK Folks Voting has officially closed!

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Please place a comment at the bottom to vote for the photo you’d most like to win.  One vote per person please. You comment will have to include the photo number to be counted.

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Voting will close midday Saturday Brisbane time (AEST).

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Cam Hadlow 6-28
Photo number 1 by Cam Hadlow


Photo 2

Scott Williamson TRO1-18
Photo 2 by Scott Williamson

Photo 3

CurtisNoble A4SkyHawks
Photo 3 by Curtis Noble

Photo 4

Matt Savage Tyabb260115-0275-14
Photo 4 by Matt Savage

Photo 5

Cam Hadlow 5-27
Photo 5 by Cam Hadlow

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Tim Heylbut image-22
Photo 6 by Tim Heylbut



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Runway 25 YSSY

When the winds blow… Runway 25 offers up some great views!!!

Parked just near the 25 threshold at Sydney Airport (SYD/YSSY) theres a great opportunity to get ‘up close and VERY personal’ to some heavies; Qantas 64 from Johannesburg OR Tambo (FAOR / JNB – B744) and FedEx 77 from Honolulu (HNL/PHNL – MD11F)!

Sure, you still get some great views of the smaller frames, B738’s, A320’s, Saab 340’s to Dash 8’s, its all on offer here!!!

One of the best approach shots can be spotted from here, some trees in the bottom of frame, and with thanks to a building with a whole roof reflecting light to the underside of the aircraft, a quick trigger can be rewarded!!!

Today’s ATIS was for 25 arrivals, and 16L/R departures, so with a scanner in hand, and both Aviation Spotters Online’s very own YSSY Flightradar page and Plane Finder running, its easy to track the flights here in Sydney (and if theres a runway change, easy to get to a new location as well)!!


Story and photos by Bernie Proctor.


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Current list of Future Air Shows and Events

2018 Shows and Events


11th-Tyabb Airshow-Peninsula Aero Club, Tyabb, Victoria. Website

17th-Yarrum Centenary of Flight-Yarram Aero Club, Yarram Parkside Aerodrome Victoria. Website 

25th-Bengalla Warbirds Over Scone-Scone and Upper Hunter Airport, NSW-Website


7th & 8th-Bathurst Soar, Ride & Shine-Bathurst Regional Airport, NSW-Website

14th-Parkes Aero Spectacular-Parkes Aeroclub, NSW-Facebook Page

29th-Mudgee Wings, Wheels & Wine-Mudgee Aeroclub, NSW-Website


5th & 6th-Wings Over Illawarra-Illawarra Regional Airport, NSW-Website


-Lismore Aviation Expo-Lismore Aviation Center, NSW-Facebook Page








12th & 13th-Warbirds Downunder-Temora, NSW-Website











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Video: Low Level C-130J-30 ride over Western NSW Australia

Sit back and enjoy the ride of your life up front in one of the Royal Australian Air Force’s C-130J-30 Hercules over the Western parts of NSW. The 5 hour flight in A97-466 at very low level was a practice for a 8 ship flight the next week to highlight the role 37SQN played in Operation Slipper.

The video is speed up x4 so you can see just how far these mighty training missions go . You can see 2 more Hercules appear in front but our ship joins the flight.

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Video: Aerial Fire Fighting Katoomba Bush fires 2014

The 2014 bush fires around the cliffs of Narrow Neck Katoomba where controlled with the help of Aerial Fire Fighting assets. This is now a wide spread action to aid the fire fighters on the ground trying to put out the fire before homes are lost.

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