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Military vehicles to roll into Nhill

GATHERING: Members of a military re-enactment group coming to Nhill as part of a Military Vehicle Rendezvous.

GATHERING: Members of a military re-enactment group coming to Nhill as part of a Military Vehicle Rendezvous.

Nhill aerodrome is set to rumble to the sound of military vehicles on June 3 with the town’s first Military Vehicle Rendezvous.
Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre has organised the event, which will feature military re-enactment groups displaying vehicles and other equipment from the Second World War.
All proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of an historic Wirraway aircraft.
Military history displays, marching demonstrations by RAAF Air Cadets and planes providing joy-flights will add to the occasion.
More than 70 years ago, the arrival of military vehicles would have been a familiar scene at the aerodrome, when it was a RAAF training base.
Within three months of authorities choosing the location in 1941, accommodation and hangars were up and ready for the training of young men and women as pilots, navigators, armourers, mechanics, radio operators and many other types of support personnel who went overseas with the allied forces during the Second World War.
Visitors who attend the event from 9am will have an opportunity to take part in Tiger Moth joy-flights over the town, or Cessna flights over a Second World War bombing range in the Little Desert.
There will also be free entry to the heritage centre, where Nhill history enthusiasts are restoring an Avro Anson aircraft.
Event organising committee chairman John Deckert said Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre had the opportunity to buy a Wirraway aircraft, similar to the type used for training at Nhill.
“Borg Sorenson, a Melbourne engineer, collected parts for 10 years then spent another eight meticulously rebuilding this aircraft,” he said.
“It is reputed to be the best Wirraway in the world, and it will become a major tourist attraction for the Wimmera.
“Borg’s Wirraway was last flown at Nhill Air Show in 2015. It is hoped it will soon be ‘retired’ at the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre.”
The cost for entry into the Military Vehicle Rendezvous is $15 for adults, $10 for concession cardholders and children are free.
A special tribute to honour airmen who died during training exercises from the Nhill RAAF Base will be at the cenotaph in Nhill’s main street at 11am.
People seeking more information can visit Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre’s Facebook page, its website or call Mr Deckert on 0437 351 753.

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