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Take to the Skies - {with your feet on the ground!}

March 31, 2019

The Hunter Valley Airshow is a massive weekend of entertainment for the whole family. On 6 and 7 April 2019, the skies above Cessnock Airport will roar to life with 5 hours of airborne action each day including aerobatics, historic warbirds, jet fighters and an incredible array of jaw-dropping stunts.


Defence Australia has come onboard for Hunter Valley Airshow 2019, presenting the F-18 Hornet, P-8A Poseidon, Hawke 127 and PC-21 during the show. Pilots of all ages will be able to put their skills to the test in the Navy Jet Fighter simulator and get a little airtime in the RAAF tethered Hot Air Balloon for rides throughout the day (weather permitting).

This thrilling festival has something for everyone as the entertainment is not only in the air. On the ground, visitors will be treated to a wealth of activities including amusement rides, motocross display, market stalls, wine tasting, aircraft displays, car show display, vintage fire trucks, military vehicles, face painting, paper aeroplane contests, flight simulators, street food vendors, a bar area – and tons more!

For those wanting to take to the skies themselves, Helicopter Joy Flights will be operating for most of the day. At the helm of the airborne action is Paul Bennet Airshows. The PBA team are the leading experts in aviation displays from planning through to facilitating the actual event. They offer a complete solution for Airshows and Hunter Valley Airshow is the team's flagship display being located on their doorstep.

"We do so many shows around Australia and the world, but didn't have one at home. Hunter Valley Airshow gives us an opportunity to pool all our resources and put on one hell of an airshow,” said Paul Bennet.

There is a wide range of
aircraft taking part in this impressive event, including the Wolf Pitts Pro. 

One of only two in the world, it is the highest performing aerobatic biplane in the world with an astonishing 400hp! Pilot Paul Bennet will take this baby on a 12-minute solo display of high energy, engine screaming precision aerobatics, starting at the height of 3500ft down to ground level!

Also on show is the SPITFIRE Mk VIII. Spitfires were instrumental in maintaining aerial dominance in European Theatre. The Spitfire Mk VIII has an all-metal, semi-monocoque construction with the famed elliptical wing design. A total of 20,334 Spitfires were built before, during and after the war, with a total of 1652 Spitfire Mk VIII variants made.

Other aircraft include the Hawk 127, P-8A Poseidon, Cessna 0-2, P40 Kittyhawk, Rebel 300 and the TBM Grumman Avenger – just to name a few. Don’t miss seeing the HAWKER HURRICANE Mk XII/IIB – it’s the only one in the southern hemisphere and is sure to thrill crowds. 

For those wanting to make the day even more special, Gold Pass tickets give visitors access to grandstand seating situated front and centre of all the action. Plus Gold Pass holders will avoid the queues at the Gold Pass bar, food vendors and facilities.

Gates open at 9am with the Airshow starting at 10:30am and parking is free. Pilots wishing to fly into the event are more than welcome. Information on fly-in requirements will be available on the Hunter Valley Airshow website.

WHAT Hunter Valley Airshow
WHEN 6 and 7 April 2019
WHERE Western Side of Cessnock Airport, 40 Grady Rd, Pokolbin
TICKETS & MORE INFO or at the gate. 



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