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Air Race Pilot Matt Hall in his Red Bull Aircraft Display

Matt Hall made his debut in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2009, becoming the first Australian to compete in the famed event.


In 2010 Hall continued to show he has the potential to be a future world champion by finishing second in front of a “home” crowd in Perth, fourth in Rio and third in Lausitz. Despite missing two races after his splash into the Detroit River in Windsor, Hall still managed to finish 7th overall.  


In a major coup for North Queensland aviation enthusiasts, Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall has been confirmed as the headline act for the Ingham Wings and Wheels Airshow next year. He will fly his purpose-built MXS-R aircraft and thrill spectators with high-energy aerobatic routines each day of this exciting new event.

The MXS-R is the same aircraft in which Matt competed as part of the Red Bull Air Race series this year. His amazing and skilful recovery from a potentially catastrophic situation, when his plane clipped the water in Windsor, Ontario, has become the stuff of legend and is one of the most popular downloads on YouTube.

Matt is a brilliant former Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 fighter pilot who saw combat in the Persian Gulf whilst on exchange to the USAF. He is considered one of the best pilots on the planet and stunned the air-racing world when, in 2009, he became the first rookie to win an Air Race World Championship podium place. He is also the first and only Australian to compete in the series.

Matt is looking forward to performing in North Queensland and meeting fans, who previously would not have had the opportunity without travelling to Perth or overseas.

“The Ingham Wings and Wheels Airshow is going to be an amazing event and something for the entire community, not just aviation enthusiasts,” Hall said. “With the Air Race taking a year off in 2011 I want to be able to meet and fly for as many people as possible and this is the perfect opportunity to see the best of North Queensland. I am currently developing a new high energy aerobatic display that I will definitely use when I am in Ingham. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The airshow will be held at the Ingham Airport over the weekend of September 3rd and 4th in 2011. It is expected to attract spectators from all over North Queensland and further afield. Attendances of 10,000-plus are anticipated for the weekend. There will be a wide range of aircraft and vehicle displays, with a 2-3 hour Air Display each afternoon and entertainment on the Saturday night.