Sperou performs for Eyre Peninsula crowd

FLY BOY: Chris Sperou tended to Super Stinker following the Port Lincoln Air Show.

FLY BOY: Chris Sperou tended to Super Stinker following the Port Lincoln Air Show.

THEVENARD born aviation identity Chris Sperou was back in the skies over Eyre Peninsula this past weekend as he took part in the Port Lincoln Air Show on Sunday.

The 13 time Australian aerobatic champion flew in the airshow in his trademark red Super Pitts Special Bi-Plane, named Super Stinker, performing a range of stunts.

Mr Sperou, 77, said he was happy to be a part of the airshow considering the disappointment of being unable to fly at Oysterfest this year due to the event’s cancellation.

“Ceduna was a disappointment not only for me but also for the district,” he said.

“We were all looking forward to it and we were going to have an extra act this year.”

Mr Sperou has been a feature at the Oysterfest for many years and his red bi-plane was even featured on the event’s logo at one point.

Despite wet and windy conditions at the Port Lincoln Airport, Mr Sperou was able to impress the audience with a range of stunts, which included an inverted outside eight sided loop.

Chris Sperou in flight.

Chris Sperou in flight.

He was also scheduled to do a ribbon cut stunt, which involves cutting a ribbon stretched between two poles with a plane. Mr Sperou said it was a great occasion to be part of.

“I was at one here 30 years ago and I felt very privileged to perform at this one as well,” he said.

“Port Lincoln is the centre of seafood and is a delightful town and I think despite the weather the show went well and the crowd got their money’s worth.”

Mr Sperou said he was also amazed by the amount of wartime aircraft used at the air show, as when he flew 30 years ago the only one was a Mustang which was used for drouge towing.

Mr Sperou also mentioned how far acrobatic flying had come since then.

“You weren’t allowed to fly experimental aircraft in Australia, so we couldn’t compete against the Russians, the French or the Americans,” he said.

Mr Sperou has been flying since he was 21 and has continued to show age is no barrier.

He said whether it was for another Port Lincoln Air Show or Oysterfest, he looked forward to next season.

“I certainly will be (returning), age isn’t a hindrance and I’m sure it will tell me when to give it up,” he said. “I’m fully capable of continuing and am looking forward to next season.”

Mr Sperou tended to his plane before flying back to Murray Bridge.

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