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Brisbane Valley Airshow 2016

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Aviation Extravaganza
Join Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield, who are very proudly presenting the Brisbane Valley Airshow 2016 at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield, 801 Cressbrook-Caboombah Road, Cressbrook, in the Somerset Region of Queensland, for a two-day aviation extravaganza, showcasing a huge collection of civilian and military aircraft.

Brisbane Valley Airshow, jaw-dropping aerobatics, sky divers, adventure flights, camping, aircraft displays, jets, Australian Defence Force
Photo courtesy of Brisbane Valley Airshow Facebook page


The runways and associated infrastructure of Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield were originally built in 1942 as part of the Australian World War IIdefence program. At the cessation of hostilities, the airfield was no longer required by the military so the buildings were removed and the field returned to agricultural usage.

In the early 1980's a small group of dedicated recreational pilots "re-discovered" Watts Bridge. The runways were completely overgrown, the site being used to graze cattle. The enormous potential for the airfield was immediately recognised. The long and arduous task of reclaiming the airfield runways and taxiways was commenced. The airfield was officially recognised as having significant historical importance and was formally renamed as the 'Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield'.

Brisbane Valley Airshow, jaw-dropping aerobatics, sky divers, adventure flights, camping, aircraft displays, jets, Australian Defence Force
Photo courtesy of Brisbane Valley Airshow Facebook page


By 1990 the airfield had effectively been recovered from the cow paddock, with two grass runways restored to excellent, fully operational condition. The only amenities on the field at this time were two 'Thunder Boxes' (primitive Ozzy toilets).
A management committee was formed, the vision being to promote and develop Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield as the long term centre for all forms of recreational aviation in the South East Queensland. The development plan places great emphasis on recreational aviation activities, to ensure easy, open and affordable access for all aviators. The internal roadways, taxiways and precincts of Watts Bridge have been named in keeping with the heritage of the airfield and as an ongoing tribute to those who had the vision and determination to see the establishment of the airpark and its facilities.

Brisbane Valley Airshow, jaw-dropping aerobatics, sky divers, adventure flights, camping, aircraft displays, jets, Australian Defence Force
Jaw-dropping aerobatics, Photo courtesy of Brisbane Valley Airshow Facebook page


See jaw-dropping aerobatics, relive the past with the spectacular display of classic warbirds and amazing vintage aircraft of a bygone era. Be inspired by the Australian Defence Force as they present the best our country has to offer. Loud, fast jets and formation flying will delight and provide you with a memorable experience as they perform breath-taking manoeuvres above the beautiful Brisbane Valley.

Brisbane Valley Airshow, jaw-dropping aerobatics, sky divers, adventure flights, camping, aircraft displays, jets, Australian Defence Force
Skydivers, Photo courtesy of Brisbane Valley Airshow Facebook page


Air Show fans will enjoy an action packed weekend both on the ground and in the air.Throughout the flight line, spectators will be able to explore static aircraft displays and many more exhibits.

Fighter Pilot Adventure Flights are offering $50 off all pre-booked adventure Flights for the weekend of the Brisbane Valley Airshow in the P-51D Mustang, L-39 Albatros, Yak-3U SteadFast, Yak-52 and Waco 5MF Open Cockpit Biplane:-

Fly in style in the "Cadillac of the Sky"! Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience, side by side with a friend, in our luxury Waco Classic open cockpit biplane;
Yak 52 - ever wanted to try something new or maybe you're a self-contested adrenalin seeker. If you are after a thrilling aerobatic flight or a smooth and calm flight, it's up to you;
Yak 3 - You will experience first hand the ludicrous race speed acceleration that SteadFast is globally known for, followed by a combination of aerobatics and air combat manoeuvres up to 4.0 G's;
P-51 Mustang - Truly a once in a lifetime experience; become a fighter pilot and experience what it's like to be a famous WW2 fighter in the North American P-51D Mustang;
L-39 Albatros - Become a Fighter Pilot in our L-39 Albatros Jet. Airshow special only available at the Brisbane Valley Airshow.
All these flights are of 30-minute duration (approximately)

Brisbane Valley Airshow, jaw-dropping aerobatics, sky divers, adventure flights, camping, aircraft displays, jets, Australian Defence Force
Photo courtesy of Brisbane Valley Airshow Facebook page


Gates open to the public both days at 9.00am. Tickets for Admission and the Adventure Flights (costs for Adventure Flights are also on this website) can be pre-purchased at www.brisbanevalleyairshow.com.au

Admission Tickets:-

Internet Ticket Specials:-
Adult One Day $20
Family One Day $50 (up to three teenagers)
Children twelve or under free
No concessions

General Admission:-
Adult $25
Family $60 (up to three teenagers)
Children twelve or under free
No concessions

Camping Fees:-

$20 per night
(Camp site bookings can only be made on entry to the air show on the day)Visitors camping over the weekend will be required to pay for one airshow ticket only.

Car Parking:- $2.00 cash per car

The weekend line-up for the Brisbane Valley Airshow is sure looking like it's going to be a spectacular display of all things aviation - sounds like a great family trip to me (or perhaps one for the boys?)

Brisbane Valley Airshow, jaw-dropping aerobatics, sky divers, adventure flights, camping, aircraft displays, jets, Australian Defence Force
Photo courtesy of Brisbane Valley Airshow Facebook page


My thanks and acknowledgement to www.brisbanevalleyairshow.com.au for the historical background information on Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield
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Why? To be thrilled and awe-struck by what these 'big birds' are able to achieve!
When: Saturday 27 August and Sunday 28 August 2016
Phone: 0427 699 239
Where: Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield, 801 Cressbrook-Caboombah Road Cressbrook, Queensland, Australia
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