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READY FOR TAKEOFF: Lake Mac soars to lofty heights with new festival

Aviation fans are in for a treat next month when Lake Maquarie’s newest festival takes to the skies.

The Up In The Air festival will be a celebration of all things aerial including flyover displays by Australia’s only Grumann TBF Avenger – the heaviest single-engine aircraft of the Second World War, famous for sinking the Japanese super-battleships Yamato and Musashi

The Sunday 23 May event will also include aerial displays by a T-28 Trojan, a Rebel 300 aerobatic plane and a Pitts Special biplane.

And you wont have to strain your eyes to keep track of the action either with Paul Bennet Airshows operations manager Glenn Graham revealing that the expertly piloted aircraft would be flying about 200 metres from. the shoreline while some planes would be flying just metres above the lakes surface.

“There will be four display pilots who have been top international aerobatic performers for the last 10 years,” he said.

The action on the ground looks just as enticing with classic car displays, food trucks and market stalls operating throughout the day, along with science shows, kite-making workshops, magic shows and more.

“This is a fantastic opportunity not only to see these spectacular aircraft soar over Lake Mac, but to enjoy a host of land-based entertainment in a beautiful part of our City,” Lake Macquarie Coty Council arts, culture and tourism manager Jacqui Hemsley said.

“Rathmines Park is a fitting setting, with its history as a WWII RAAF base.”

Up In The Air is on at Rathmines Park on Sunday 23 May. Head here for more information and tickets.