Eyes in the sky

ALL eyes will be in the sky at Lake Boga tomorrow for a “full blown air show” guaranteed to impress.

The 2019 Catalina Air Show and Splash In will be held at Catalina Park, kicking off at 10am.

All eyes will be on the sky tomorrow when thousands of people line the Lake Boga foreshore for the 2019 Catalina Air Show and Splash In. 

All eyes will be on the sky tomorrow when thousands of people line the Lake Boga foreshore for the 2019 Catalina Air Show and Splash In. Picture: GEORGIE MORTON

The day will feature a “spectacular” array of aerobatic performances and vintage aircraft, with over 80 engines and vessels on display for the whole family.

Catalina Flying Boat Museum manager Daryl Allen said the airshow is a major event for the Lake Boga and Swan Hill community.

“It’s a full blown air show with everything you could ask for,” Mr Allen said.

“We love putting it together and we’re expecting to get big crowds at this year’s event.”

With over 4000 people expected to flock to the Lake Boga foreshore, attendees will be treated to an “eye-opening” display of aerobatic performances, live entertainment and plenty of activities on offer for the children.

The main feature of the day will be the Paul Bennet Airshow and former Swan Hill resident Glen Graham will also be performing his flying skills in the sky above the water.

“Most airshows you go to are at airports that are dusty and dirty,” Mr Allen said.

“The difference at Lake Boga is you can sit on a beautiful, green lawn with no dust and look out over the lake.

“The performances and outlook of the planes reflection on the water is just spectacular.”

Lake Boga Lions Club president David Mark said the airshow is a time for the community to reflect on the contribution that Lake Boga made during the Second World War, and to remember the service men and women who volunteered to serve their nation.

“Lake Boga was the site of number one Flying Boat Repair Depot from 1942 to 1946,” he said.

Five historical warbird planes from World War 2 will feature on the day including a Wirraway, Grumman Avenger, Rebel 300, Mustang and Hawker Hurricane.

“The Hawker Hurricane is one of two planes that fly in the world,” Mr Allen said.

Approximately 70-80 vintage cars will be exhibited and Paddy Dillon will be running engine start ups throughout the day.

Retro style singing group the Pacific Bellies will provide live, on-stage entertainment and the children will be kept occupied with face painting, jumping castles and much more available on the day.

“There is something in it for everyone,” Mr Allen said.

Tomorrow is expected to be 31 degrees with a “nice, easterly breeze”, “perfect” conditions for an airshow according to Mr Allen.

The day is put together by local Lions club and several local organisations help to make the day possible. Over 80 vessels and engines will be on display at Lake Boga.

“Everyone pitches in and everyone gets a little bit out of it,” Mr Allen said.

“The golf club will be doing the gate, the yacht club does the rubbish bins and toilets plus many more local organisations help out on the day.

“We really hope the community gets behind and supports us to ensure the continuity of the event.” Mr Allen said a “surprise” act this year will keep attendees on their toes.

“Keep your eye in the sky as there could be something entirely different arriving at the lake this year,” he said. Tickets are $20 per person, $50 per family, $15 children (12-18 years), under 12 free.