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‘Wings of Peace 1920-2020’ Centenary of Australia First Official Air Race, Serpentine Victoria

March 21

Please contact the organiser before attending this event in case it has been cancelled.

In 1920 post WWI, the small village of Serpentine Victoria was selected to be the starting point of Australia’s first government sponsored aerial derby (as racing was often referred during that era). This was the first of numerous events to follow around the nation in the years after WWI.

The 1920 event was part of the promotion of the Second Peace Loan to raise funds to pay for the return, repatriation and care of the many soldiers and nurses to settle them back into community way of life after the Great European War.

The 2020 centenary event is of national significance for the benefit of aviators, airplane enthusiasts, historians and families who have an interest in airplanes, our community, our history. This event will raise awareness that there are still Veterans in need, as were First World War Veterans who benefited from money raised one hundred years ago. Legacy will be a beneficiary of the efforts of the ‘Wings of Peace 1920 – 2020’ commemoration to aid their continuing support for service men, women and their families.

The Air Race Centenary Committee will bring the roar of planes to Serpentine again to recreate the atmosphere of 1920. Biplane owners and aviators are invited to participate in a 70 mile air race across the region. Heritage/vintage airplanes are also invited to be part of a fly in and/or fly over with an opportunity to be part of a ground based display of airplanes and other modes of 1920’s transport i.e. vintage cars. Paul Bennet Air Shows will bring you an exciting aerobatics display.

Further information see Facebook pages: East Loddon Historical Society and Serpentine Air Race. Find all the days scheduled details and tickets on web page: https://serpentineairrace.com.au/ Come celebrate and commemorate the centenary of Australia first official air race Saturday March 21st 2020, Loddon Valley Highway, Serpentine, Victoria.