A historic World War II Hawker Hurricane aircraft will be flown in the Hunter in a fortnight.
It’ll be the first time a Hurricane has been flown publicly in Australia since 1944.
The Hurricane will be the key attraction at an air show at Scone Airport on November 12, with all proceeds going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
The restored Hurricane honours Newcastle pilot John Dallas Crossman.
Crossman was killed when his Hurricane was shot down in the Battle of Britain in September 1940.
The restored Hurricane’s colour scheme and markings reflect Crossman’s aircraft, which was destroyed when he crashed in Forest Row, East Sussex.
Crossman was believed to have attended Cooks Hill Primary School and Newcastle Boys' High School.
He was the son of George and Gladys Crossman, of New Lambton.
Scone aviation expert Ross Pay is expecting a big crowd at the air show.
Thousands of people have shown interest on Facebook.
Mr Pay restored the aircraft for its owner John Brooks, who’s also from Scone.
Mr Brooks said the event would be a great way for people to see a historic Hurricane and support the rescue helicopter.
Mr Pay said the aircraft had been in a museum in Niagara Falls in Canada.
“It’s taken two years to restore it,” he said.
The aircraft was built for the Canadian Air Force during the war.
It’s one of the most original Hurricanes in existence – only a dozen Hurricanes still fly in the world.
“It will be the only one in the southern hemisphere that’s flying,” Mr Pay said.
Mr Pay had test flown the aircraft three times around Scone, since its restoration.
A flight on October 2 was the first time a Hurricane had flown in Australian skies since the war years.
“There’s a lot of history there,” Mr Pay said.
“The Hurricane shot down more enemy aircraft in the Battle of Britain than anything else.”
The flight was thrilling for all involved.
“I’ve flown other WW2 aircraft like Spitfires and Mustangs, but this was something I never thought I’d get the chance to fly,” Mr Pay said.
Mr Pay said the show would be a great chance for Aussies to see a Hurricane.
“A lot of Australian pilots flew Hurricanes during the war,” he said.
The air show, named “Flight of the Hurricane”, will also feature other rare warbirds including a Spitfire VIII, P-51 Mustang, Grumman Avenger, CAC Wirraway, T-28 Trojan and an L-39 Albatros.
Flying displays at the event will run from 11am to 3pm.
Details of the event can be found on Facebook.