Point Cook Air Pageant.

 

The dates have been announced for the 2014 Air Pageant at Point Cook. This will be a two day event held over the 1st and 2nd of March. The show will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Australian Flying Corp as well as the centenary of RAAF Point Cook. While it's too early for a list of participating aircraft there is one machine certain for its first public outing - the Bristol Boxkite replica aircraft.

 

It had its maiden flight on Wednesday 11 September 2013 at Point Cook with former Air Force Test Pilot Air Vice Marshal Mark Skidmore (retired) at the controls,. The brainchild of Group Captain (retired) Ron Gretton, AM, and Wing Commander (retired) Geoff Matthews, the Boxkite replica was painstakingly built at the Museum and will eventually be a showcase display for the public. The Boxkite has a rich history in the evolution of military aviation in Australia and was the first official military aircraft built in Australia that was used to train Australia’s military aviators.

 

You can see the Boxkite in action HERE.