Rare sight

Rare sight

THE sight of microlights, helicopters and a green Japanese aerobatic trainer are fairly common over Ocean Grove.
But the appearance of a giant yellow bi-plane sparked some interest as it flew in and landed on the old Collendina airstrip just before Christmas .
The aircraft was a rare Antonov 2 – the world’s biggest single engine bi-plane. It operates as an adventure aircraft and seats nine. It is also set up for parachute jumps.
It used the usually unaccessible emergency runway to give Darren, the son of Collendina Caravan Park owner Billy, a chance to look over the aircraft ahead of a possible project to Mongolia. Bringing the aircraft over to the Bellarine saved a drive over to Lilydale Airport.
Some last minute repairs to the gravel runway allowed the big bird to touch down for a few hours last month.
During World War II, the Soviet Union made extremely good use of the little Polikarpov Po-2 biplane, which was at heart a trainer but was pressed into a wide range of other roles, including liaison aircraft, light attack aircraft, cropduster, and air ambulance.
The aircraft was piloted by Capt Pauli Saario and Capt. Vesa Saario, who are both Virgin Australia pilots and colleagues of Darren.
After a good look around the aircraft it spun on a  penny and then taxied to the east of the run before taking off towards Ocean Grove and then banking left over the bay.
More information on the aircraft can be found at www.an2.com.au.

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