DOGFIGHTS, bombs, aerobatics and steam - it was all part of the weekend's Old Station Fly-in and Heritage Show.

The number of aircraft at the show was greater than the organisers had seen before.

>> Photos: Out and about at heritage air show

And the arrival of many old warplanes had thousands of spectators in awe as the machines showed, during the air shows, just how versatile they were in the air.

One of the highlights was the 1912 Foden steam traction engine, which was recently bought by the Creed family and now holds pride of place on the property.

The Foden's been in mainland Australia for just two weeks, having been trucked up from Tasmania where steam whizz Eric Howe restored it.

Mr Howe was at the event on the weekend and he spent much of his time talking steam to the many people who wandered over to take a look at the graceful old beauty.

The Foden was the last of 17 restorations Mr Howe has completed through the years, this one taking nine months to complete.

One of the aerial highlights was the display by Australia's Red Bull Air Race star Matt Hall, just back from his most recent race in Japan and heading off to the next one in a week's time in Croatia.

Mr Hall, a former fighter pilot for the RAAF, showed spectators how incredibly versatile his tiny aerobatic plane was as he looped and rolled his way through the air.

The Old Station Flying Club secretary Leonie Creed was thrilled with the event.

"It was an unbelievable weekend," she said.

"The best ever. We had 175 planes there, and it was the best turnout we've seen in terms of tractors and trucks."

While the numbers have not yet been crunched, she said she was confident the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service would receive a healthy donation once again.



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