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by Elaine (subscribe)
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A weekend of high-octane aviation excitement
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A weekend of aviation memory-making at the Red Thunder Airshow


Oh my gosh, what a brilliant line-up of fun and excitement, and it's all happening over the weekend of 26 and 27 May 2018 at the 2018 Red Thunder Airshow, with a theme appropriately named "1950's Pinups and Hot Rods".

Whether you are a pilot, an aviation enthusiast or an adventurous family wanting to get out for a day and/or a weekend of superb entertainment, the totally unique Red Thunder Airshow is the one to attend, the one that will create memories to last a lifetime. The Red Thunder Airshow is dedicated to exhibiting vintage military aircraft as well as sharing the excitement of modern aviation. The Red Thunder Airshow includes warbirds, jets, helicopters, aerobatic displays, skydiving, military vehicles, hot rod cars, live rockabilly bands, as well as tasty food and beverages.

✈️ Air Display

The gates will open to the public at 8.00am every day, with the Airshow starting at 10.00am and promising non-stop action in the sky until 4.00pm.



Look out for some of the world's most famous warbirds, vintage, modern military machines, aerobatics, helicopters, formation aerobatics, skydiving, plus sport aircraft - a celebration of aviation prowess and guaranteed to give us all stiff necks by the end of the weekend. Enjoy the amazing feats performed by Australian Aerobatic Champion, Alan Kilpatrick as he performs in his DR-7 at the Red Thunder Airshow.

The aerial action is supported by world-class formation aerobatic team, 'Russian Roolettes', Australia's only five ship formation aerobatic team.

Tickets range from single day adult through to multi day VIP Gold passes - purchase your tickets online here.

✈️ The Pilots

Every pilot has a story - to read up on the superstar pilots who will be attending the Red Thunder Airshow, please click here.

✈️ Hot Rods and Pinups

Red Thunder Roaders will be on display from 8.00am on Saturday 26 May at the Red Thunder Airshow. What a combination - hot rods, warbirds and military re-enactors - all celebrating an historical moment in time! Entrants for the Hot Rods are invited to register their interest by emailing lorilee@redthunder.com.au

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Hot Rods will be on display from 8am on Saturday, 26 May


✈️ Pinup Parade - Miss Red Thunder 2018

The Pinup Parade is an absolute highlight of the upcoming Red Thunder Airshow and is being held on the Sunday 27 May at noon. Australia's 'Hostess with the Mostess', Bettie Butcher will be presenting the not-to-be-missed parade.

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The Pinup Parade is a highlight of the Red Thunder Airshow


I did have all the 'How to enter for the Miss Red Thunder Pinup' details sorted for readers who were keen to enter, but have subsequently discovered that the finalists for this prestigious competition, have already been selected.

So, to ensure you don't miss out, and to add to the excitement of your Red Thunder Airshow experience, I'm doing the next best thing and giving you a taste-test picture of all the finalists of the Miss Red Thunder 2018, who will be celebrating a great era of aviation and the golden age of pinups.

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Finalists of the Miss Red Thunder 2018


The Miss Red Thunder Parade winner will receive a fabulous vintage aviation pinup shoot with specialist photographer, Mark Greenmantle on the day of the parade.

✈️ Skydivers

Skydive Ramblers is the longest running and most experienced skydiving institution in Queensland. To this day, Ramblers continues to grow and reach new heights in the Sport and in the Industry. Ramblers is undoubtedly Australia's most progressive parachuting and tandem skydiving organisation – a leader that has set the standard for other drop zones to aspire to.

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The skydiving is sure to keep you holding your breath!


Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled to the skies to catch the awesome skydiving stunts.

✈️ Joy Flights

Visitors to the Red Thunder Airshow have the opportunity to takeoff and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences with some inspirational joy flights.

✈️ Red Thunder Airshow | Waco

Fly in style in the 'Cadillac of the Sky', side by side with a friend, in the luxury Waco Classic open cockpit biplane, aptly named 'Marilyn'. Soar like a bird with real aviator flying jackets, helmets and goggles.
From $298 - price is for two - buy your Waco flight ticket or gift card online here

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Fly in style in the 'Cadillac of the Sky'


✈️ Red Thunder Airshow | Yak 3U-SteadFast

Experience first hand the ridiculous race speed acceleration that SteadFast is renowned for, followed by a combination of graceful aerobatics, vertical air combat manoeuvres up to 4.0 G's. Every flight experience in the Yak is catered to your exact needs and aspirations.
From $850 - choose your preferred date and buy your Yak ticket or gift card online here

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Every flight experience in the Yak is catered to your exact needs and aspirations


✈️ Red Thunder Airshow | Yak 52

Ever wondered what it was like to be a WW II fighter ace? This is your opportunity to be introduced to Warbirds, with this warbird aerobatic flight in a Russian YAK 52. You'll feel the thrill of a full aerobatic routine involving mind-blowing manoeuvres and high g-forces as you loop and roll through the sky on a short simulated combat mission. Or if your preference is more a smooth and calm flight to experience the rumble of a radial engine, it's absolutely your choice - it's your flight and you can choose...mild or wild!
From $295 - purchase your Yak 52 ticket or gift card online here

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Warbird Yak 52


✈️ Red Thunder Airshow | P-51D Mustang

Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Become a fighter pilot and experience what it was like to be a famous WW2 fighter in the North American P-51D Mustang.
From $1250 - purchase your P-51D Mustang ticket or gift card online here

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A once-in-a-lifetime experience!


✈️ Red Thunder Airshow | L-39C Albatros

Experience your childhood dream of becoming a 'Top Gun' fighter pilot, 'James Bond' or 'Maverick' with a fighter pilot aerobatic adventure flight in a Czechoslovakian L-39C Albatros Fighter Jet.
From $1250 - purchase your L-39C Albatros ticket or gift card online here

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Are you the next Top Gun fighter pilot?


✈️ On The Ground

There is so much happening over the weekend of the Red Thunder Airshow - check out the amazing ground exhibits, while the warbirds perform overhead. Visit the aircraft for sale, static aircraft displays, aviation trade stands, market stalls and then sample some of the great food and beverages on offer.

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Plenty happening 'on the ground' with exhibits and aircraft displays


✈️ Military Re-enactments

Meet some of Australia's leading military history groups at the Red Thunder Airshow. Astonishment and awe will be the order of the day with world class collections of rare battlefront memorabilia, authentic uniforms, weaponry and historic military vehicles. These displays are guaranteed to provide valuable insight for the entire family, by offering unique glimpses into a bygone era.
For those who like their history up close and personal, check out the Wings & Wheels Precinct.

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Unique glimpses into a bygone era


It is a stroll down memory lane like no other. Get to see historic aircraft displayed alongside vintage motor vehicles, all from the same era.

✈️ Thunder Park

The Red Thunder Airshow is definitely not going to forget about the youngest members of the family. If all the aircraft displays on the ground and in the air aren't enough to keep the young 'uns entertained, Red Thunder Airshow 2018 is featuring heaps of rides and activities at Thunder Park.

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The children will absolutely love the thrill of this spectacular airshow


Children of all ages can join in the fun and excitement with slides, jumping castles, rides and activities.

Maybe you would like to introduce them to the miracle of flight and get airborne in a Open Cockpit biplane or helicopter, or even an adventure flight in a real fighter jet. The possibilities are endless at the Red Thunder Airshow.
Don't worry mum and dad, you can still enjoy the spectacular flying displays from the Thunder Park, which has been positioned right up close to all the action in the sky. At this stage the rides and activities for the Kids' Zone will include the following:

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Kids' Zone will have plenty to keep the littlies entertained

 
Dodgem Cars
Storm Rider-Thrill Ride
Cup & Saucer
Rock Wall
Castle/Slide Combo
Accelerator Inflatable Double Lane Slide
Gladiator Duel

✈️ Thunder Club VIP
Red Thunder Club


2018 is the first year that the Red Thunder Club is being opened to guests who purchase VIP Gold passes.

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Licensed area for VIP Gold pass holders is limited, so get in early to avoid disappointment!


What do you get for your VIP Gold pass?

VIP Gold pass holders will have access to the licensed Red Thunder club marquee, giving them the following advantages:

Unobstructed views of the airshow and runway
Fenced-off beer and wine garden, tables and chairs with market umbrellas
An opportunity to rub shoulders with the stars of the show
Escorted flight line access during display breaks (limited)
Cash bar and café
His and hers fresh water flushing toilets

Due to the size of the licensed area, VIP Gold tickets will be limited. Avoid disappointment, purchase your VIP Gold pass tickets online here.

✈️ Live Music

To check out who the live entertainment will be, please click here. So far we can get ready to rock our socks off with rock 'n' roll, swing and the hillbilly blues, with West Texas Crude, Swingabilly Ray and The Haymakers.

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Rock your socks off!


✈️ Visitor Information

There is a heap load of information for visitors to the 2018 Red Thunder Airshow. To make your life and weekend easier, I have split up the different sections - just click the relevant highlighted link for more pertinent information.

Ticket Purchases are available from a Single Day Pass; to Weekend Passes for the Family to VIP Passes.

Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is located in South East Queensland, an easy 1 to 1,5 hours hours drive from Brisbane. Please click here for more precise location and helpful directional information.

There will be general admission parking available on site. Parking tickets can be purchased online here for $5.

✈️ Camping
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield


I've saved the best for last! Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield has their very own large campervan and camping area on site at the airfield. For the very fortunate visitors who have their own aircraft (count me out on this one), camping beside their aircraft in designated aircraft parking areas is permitted. Pilots who wish to camp with their aircraft, are advised to seek out parking locations that will not restrict access to their camp site during air displays activities.

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Don't drink and drive, secure yourself a camp site now!


All camping spots will be allocated by Red Thunder staff on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to camp with friends, you must arrive together. Red Thunder staff will allocate to suit differing camping styles i.e. campervans and caravans may be separated from tents.

Fee $38.00 per night per site. Payment is made at the air show entry point or online here.  For early arrivals, fees will be collected at the campsite;
Toilets with night time lighting are provided;
Maximum six people per site;
Showers with night time lighting are provided;
Cooking facilities are NOT provided;
Campers should use torch lighting when walking around at night; young children should not be allowed to stray from the camp site area without adult supervision;

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Awesome aeronautical displays!


Open fires on the ground are not permitted; small fires in approved metal fire pits are permitted and all fuel must be provided by the camper. Total fire ban rules must be obeyed.
Private portable generators are not permitted overnight between the hours of 7.00 pm and 6.00 am;
Aircraft pilots and passengers wishing to camp overnight must use the allocated camping area and pay the camping site fee;
Camping tickets must be tied to the star picket at each site and be clearly displayed;
Loud and unruly behaviour will not be tolerated and respect is to be shown for the privacy of fellow campers.

For Frequently Asked Questions regarding camping and camping sites, please click here.

✈️ Flying In

The airfield at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield features three well formed grass runways suitable for almost all types of recreational aircraft. Please click here for all relevant information regarding 'flying in'; runway information etc. I'm not giving too much away here as, literally as planes fly overhead, the information that is pertinent to pilots is whoosh, way over my head!

Red Thunder Airshow is guaranteed to rattle your bones - from the roar of the V12's to the rumble of the radial engines. Prepare yourself for takeoff with breath-taking formation flypasts and unlimited aerobatics from some of Australia's most historic WWI and WWII fighters.

The 2018 Red Thunder Airshow is promising an unforgettable weekend of family aviation entertainment - a celebration of aviation, past and present.

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A whole weekend of aviation adventure for the whole family!


✈️ NB Camping at the Red Thunder Airshow is encouraged with camping sites available from Tuesday 22 May 2018. Don't drink and drive, secure yourself a camping site now, ensuring your layover is organised, and all you need to do is check in!

All photos courtesy of Red Thunder Airshow 2018 FB and www.redthunder.com.au
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Why? For a weekend of high-octane aviation excitement
When: Whole weekend of 26 and 27 May 2018
Phone: 0412 963 106
Where: Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield, 801 Cressbrook Caboonbah Rd, Cressbrook QLD 4313
Cost: Please see website for pricing
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This article of yours should inspire any young person to see these magnificent flying machines and those daredevils that fly them. Great article Elaine.
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