Those magnificent men, and women, in their flying machines will stop off at Camden Airport on Saturday as part of the Great Tiger Moth Air Race.
For the first time in 11 years 45 Tiger Moths, flown by 90 international and Australia pilots, include three WWII veterans, will fly from Lusktintyre on Saturday morning and over Sydney Harbour before making a refuelling stop at Camden Airport about 11am.
Race President, Richard Brougham, said the race not only gave spectators the chance to see Tiger Moths in action, but it also supports two charity groups - LIFT Youth Development and Solider On.
‘‘The Great Tiger Moth Air Race is a unique event and is a great opportunity to revive a tradition that’s been going since 1977, bringing pilots and machines from overseas and all over the country for the race,’’ he said.
‘‘LIFT Youth Development is a Hunter-based charity that utilises aviation as a medium to help provide life strategies for at-risk youth, while Soldier On aims to provide ongoing support for Australian Defence Force personnel who have suffered physical and psychological injuries as a result of their service.’’
The last race took place in 2003, and Mr Brougham said it was likely it would be a similar time frame before the next one came along.
‘‘I encourage the whole community, young and old, to take advantage of this free event by visiting one of the eight suggested viewing points available on our website and showing your support and appreciation for these amazing aircraft and the men and women flying them,’’ he said.
After stopping at Camden the Tiger Moths will fly back to Lusktintyre and then fly from there to Taree and back on Sunday.
Details and best viewing points: tigerairrace.com.