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Wings Over Illawarra 2018

South of Sydney, only about forty minutes away, is the city of Wollongong. Despite the proximity to Australia's major aviation gateway, Wollongong has the Illawarra Regional Airport, built by the air force to defend the city's steel works. Until recently, when new starter Jetgo began flying their Embraer jets to Brisbane and Essendon in Melbourne, the airport had no regular passenger services once Qantaslink pulled their own infrequent turboprop service to Melbourne. The Air Force pulled out of Wollongong long ago along with the major airlines, but their presence is still felt at the airport, which is home to HARS , the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society. Each year HARS puts on the Wings Over Illawarra airshow. I've been meaning to attend for a while but this year is the first time I could make it. The airport is conveniently opposite Albion Park Rail station, but the three of us drove down. Parking was fine, a $5 donation to the Rural Fire Service to park in a