The spectacular aerial displays are a highlight of the Regatta, with military displays, Stan Tilley aerobatic display, Tasmanian Warbird Adventures and static displays.
Tasmanian Warbird Adventures
Hobart-based Tasmanian Warbird Adventures is displaying a genuine World War II aircraft: a 1943 North American Harvard fighter trainer, flown by Jethro Nelson, a former fighter pilot.
Today’s display is flown down to 500 feet / 150 metres above the Derwent, at speeds of up to 370km/h.
Stan Tilley aerobatic display
Stan Tilley has been flying since 1968 and won Gold medals in Aerobatics, Formation Flying and Spot Landing in National competitions, also represented Australia. Stan is a regular performer at the Royal Hobart Regatta in his specially modified Australian made Victa Airtourer.
Participation of the RAAF Roulettes Fly Past, RAN Helo displays and Defence Force bands are all subject to the operational requirements of the Australian Defence Force from time to time.
The Roulettes - seen here at the 2015 Royal Hobart Regatta
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) maintains an elite formation aerobatic display team, known as “The Roulettes”, to showcase Air Force flying skills to the Australian public. Team members of The Roulettes are drawn from the flying instructors at the RAAF’s Central Flying School (CFS). The Roulettes currently fly the Pilatus PC9/A training aircraft, however the genesis of formation aerobatic teams at CFS dates back well before the introduction of the PC9/A.
In 1962, a team named “The Red Sales” was formed flying four de Havilland Vampire T33 aircraft. The Red Sales were first seen publicly at the Royal Hobart Regatta in February 1962, they also displayed at Wagga Wagga and at a School Of Air Navigation (SAN) course graduation at RAAF Base East Sale.
The Roulettes flew their first public display in December 1970 at RAAF Base Point Cook. The name ‘Roulettes’ has its origins from one of the early manoeuvres performed by the first team. Two Macchis flew in opposite directions round a horizontal circle and crossed in front of the crowd in a routine that was coined as the ‘Roulette’.
Navy Helicopter displays - wet winching