February 24, 2017

Australia’s favourite race pilot, Matt Hall, will be one of the star attractions at this year’s Wings Over Illawarra Airshow at Illawarra Regional Airport on May 6-7.

The former RAAF Fighter Combat instructor, the only Australian ever to compete in the Red Bull Air Race, has been runner-up over the last two world championship seasons.

His appearance at Wings Over Illawarra will follow his performance in Abu Dhabi and his upcoming race in San Diego, the first two rounds of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race series, which features only the top 14 pilots in the world in a thrilling international competition.

“My travel schedule around the world for the Red Bull Air Race doesn’t allow me to be part of many airshows in Australia but I always want to return to Wings Over Illawarra,” Hall said.

“I like to show my appreciation of the dedication and hard work of the organisers, Mark and Kerry Bright, for putting on such a wonderful spectacle.

“I also like to recognise the efforts the event’s corporate partners make in supporting the aviation industry.”

Hall said he was excited to be part of the awesome line-up of aircraft taking part in this year’s Wings Over Illawarra and was looking forward to meeting as many Red Bull Air Race fans as possible.

Wings Over Illawarra organiser Kerry Bright said Matt’s thrilling aerobatics in his Extra 300L aircraft and his impressive flying skills continually enthralled audiences around the world.

Wings Over Illawarra is the major annual air show in NSW, as well as being the only air show experience within easy reach of Sydney and Canberra.

Ms Bright said the diverse program included ground displays and flying demonstrations of historic, military, modern and aerobatic aircraft as well as vintage car and motorbike displays, children’s rides and other aviation and technology related exhibitions.

The NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW has secured Wings Over Illawarra from 2017 – 2019.

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