Australia's only 5 ship Formation Aerobatic team

 Next display  : Victory in the Pacific VP Day

                              Flypast Sydney 15 Aug 2020


Team History

The group started with Lindsay Sinclair the father of eastern block aircraft introduction into Australia. This comprised a group of enthusasists  that toured Australia in their Russian flying machines. Lindsay also introduced the Chinese Nanchang to the group.

The name "Russian Roolettes" evolved at a Queensland air show. The RAAF Roulettes could not get to the show due to severe weather between them and the show venue. The organisers approached Lindsay and his group and asked if they could do some flypasts to fill in for the RAAF Roulettes. Lindsay said yes. The organisers then asked if the group had a name. Lindsay made one up on the fly ... "Call us the Russian Roolettes" ... The name has stuck ever since. We have a great relationship with the RAAF Roulettes.

The teams aircraft are hangared in the Southern Highlands of NSW at Mittagong and at Luskintyre. We train regularly to keep our skills sharp. In 2019 the team flew 9 5 ship Displays and 30 dedicated 5 ship practice sessions. The teams training base is Cowra. Thanks to the unbelievable support of the town council, the people of Cowra and particluarly FlyOz. The Team is unique in flying two differrent types of of aircraft in a synchronised display. The aim is to always have something in front of the crowd. The team is also FAST compliant.

Iimage: Mike Abbott

Nanchang CJ6A

Image : Cameron Hines


Image: Mike Abbott


The Team

Egon Mahr. Ex RAAF pilot with extensive experience on the HS748,BAC111,Winjeel and SU26. Egon has extensive unlimited aerobatic experience and is the team leader. AWAL FAST check pilot. Team Chang pilot. Now A330 Captain in QANTAS

Niall Higgins. The teams linguist with extensive experience in the YAK, Tiger Moth and Stearman. Niall is a rated QFI. Team Yak Pilot

Phil Deacon. "The Doktor" Phil is the teams resident engineer. Phenomenal knowledge of Chang and Yak  technical details. Phil is also a Yak52 pilot.

Jim Eaglen. Ex RAAF fighter pilot with extensive Fighter time on Mirage III Tornado F3 and FA18. Jim is the team Standards officer. Jim is also

an AWAL FAST check pilot

Team Chang Pilot.

Now B787 pilot in QANTAS

Al Pickering. Ex RAAF Helicopter (and proud of it!) Al has flown the UH-1H "Huey" Iroquois/Gunship, CT4A and YAK52. Al is a qualified military and civil flying instructor. AWAL FAST check pilot. Team Yak pilot Now A330 Captain with QANTAS.

Sean Trestrail. Ex RAAF fighter pilot and Fighter Combat Instructor (FCI) with extensive experience on the Mirage III and FA18 . Sean is the  Team manager.

Sean is also an AWAL FAST check pilot. Team Chang pilot.

Former A380 Captain in QANTAS

Mike Glynn. Ex RAAF Caribou

pilot. the teams assessor also

responsible for Media.and Reserve pilot

Mike owns his own Chang.

Former Boeing 747 Captain with QANTAS

Sharon Willard. Deputy Team

manager. A pilot in her own

right qualified on the YAK18T


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                Proudly supported by

         Luskintyre Aircraft Restoration


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