Nhill to show aviation history 

One hundred planes will converge on Nhill Aerodrome on Saturday for a Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre Fly-in.

The centre's president Rob Lynch said warplanes would be exhibited and a plane from the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes would put on a show at 2pm.

"People can expect a full day of entertainment for the young and the old," he said.

"There will be plane activities for most the day, a book launch, vintage cars and children's activities."

Mr Lynch said money raised by the fly-in would help restore an Avro Anson aeroplane used during the Second World War.

"We've already raised well over $20,000 but need to raise at least $40,000 more for the restoration of the plane," he said.

Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre board member John Deckert said people could also learn about the history of the RAAF training base in Nhill.

"When England entered the Second World War, Germany had such superior air power that English pilots suffered great losses and more pilots and crew had to be trained," he said.

The base, which could house 2000 people, was one of 34 across Australia.

"We didn't train pilots but about 10,000 navigators, bombers and ground crew were trained at the Nhill base," he said.

Mr Lynch said he hoped the Avro Anson would be fully restored by 2019, which would mark the centenary of the first plane landing at Nhill.

Mr Lynch said people could call him for more information on 0428 911 387 or Mr Deckert on 0437 351 753.

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