New Events to Celebrate the Race that Changed the World

A comprehensive program to commemorate the centenary of the Great Air Race is being built out, with three new events announced today.

Beginning with the reveal of a new façade honouring the winning plane and crew at the Darwin Aviation Museum, the upcoming events aim to share the incredible story of the Great Air Race with the wider Darwin community.

The façade reveal will be part of the museum’s ‘celebration of aviation’, and the public is encouraged to come along to the free family event on Sunday, 22 September between 9am and 3pm.

The day will also include helicopter rides, vintage plane and vehicle displays, entertainment from the Darwin City Brass Band and Air Force Cadet drum marching displays.

Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) General Manager Tim Watsford said the program of events will encourage the Top End community and visitors to learn about and celebrate the centenary of the Great Air Race.

“It’s great to have such a broad range of events as part of the program, so there is something on offer for all Territorians whether you enjoy sport or are more of a history buff,” he said.

Starting in October, five free one hour talks will be held to educate and entertain audiences with stories of the Great Air Race.

The presentations will cover the race, history of the Fannie Bay landing site, aircraft, competitors, journey and the legacy of this amazing feat of aviation.

Darwin Aviation Museum Manager Angie Clucas said it was important to celebrate and commemorate the ground-breaking aviation milestone in its 100th year.

The foresight and achievements of aviation pioneers not only opened Darwin to the rest of Australia and the world, but also gave greater connection to remote outstations and communities of the Northern Territory, which really drove the Territory’s future development,” she said.

“Our façade launch event will be the perfect opportunity for all Territorians and visitors to join in the family fun and learn more about the incredible journey that was the Great Air Race.”

Round 10 of the 2019/20 TIO NTFL season is dedicated to the Great Air Race, with a number of games taking place across the Territory on Saturday, 7 December and Sunday, 8 December.

The weekend’s highlight is the clash between Waratahs and Wanderers at Gardens Oval on the Sunday, which is a rematch of the game played in 1919 as the winning aeroplane was in the final stages of winging its way to Darwin.

AFL Northern Territory CEO Stuart Totham said he was excited to dedicate Round 10 of the 2019/20 TIO NTFL season to mark the occasion.

“At the time of the historical event, an entertaining game of footy between Waratah and Wanderers was unfolding at Gardens Oval,” he said.

“Fast forward 100 years and that brave flight has seen aviation technology advance beyond the wildest imaginations of the time, while Territory footy has remained a constant, and continues to be a cornerstone of our community.”

Additional events to celebrate the Great Air Race will soon be announced, with more information about the program available at