Two jet fighter planes – a Macchi and a Mirage – are making their home at Scone Regional Airport.

Restored by volunteers. they will become part of the Warbird Visitor Attraction.

The Mirage A3-44 will travel by road from the Australian Aviation Museum at Bankstown Airport to Scone.

The Mirage –  a 9m wide, entire plane – will travel via the New England Highway on the back of a truck escorted by police and arrive at 6am Saturday 20 February 2021 at Scone Regional Airport.

Another “warbird” will be taking to the skies for a spectacular aerial display. There will also be a barbecue breakfast and drinks available to purchase at the Scone Aero Club.

The planes have been donated to the not-for-profit Hunter Fighter Collection, who have loaned them to Upper Hunter Shire Council to be part of the Warbird Visitor Attraction. Unlike the many working warbirds that will also feature – and fly – these two will stay on the ground on display.

There is an opportunity to volunteer to get ‘hands on’ and help restore them. Upper Hunter Shire Council and Hunter Fighter Collection are seeking volunteers to do mechanical and cosmetic work on the aircraft prior to the opening and to maintain the collection into the future. You just need to be an enthusiastic, team player with some mechanical ability.

In total the Warbird Attraction will host at least 15 Australian Flying Corps/RAAF aircraft, Trainers and Fighters from WWI to the present day.

The Warbird Attraction is due to be opened this year, one part of a bigger $23.5M airport upgrade made possible thanks to grants from the NSW and Australian governments to ensure the long term viability of the airport, and to create a tourist attraction including joy flights, flight simulators, historic footage and other educational aviation displays.

For more information on volunteering with the warbirds contact info.warbirdsonline@bigpond.com

For more information on activities at the airport:www.upperhunter.nsw.gov.au