History making Qantas Captain Lisa Norman will speak at a charity dinner at Illawarra Airport

Historic moment remembered: The City of Canberra landing at Illawarra Regional Airport on March 8. 2015.
Historic moment remembered: The City of Canberra landing at Illawarra Regional Airport on March 8. 2015.

The Qantas pilot who captained the history making non-stop flight from Perth to London on the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is visiting Illawarra Regional Airport.

Captain Lisa Norman will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Illawarra Sunrise’s seventh annual “Swing Into Wings” Charity Dinner on Saturday May 5 inside the main hangar at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Aviation Museum.  

Captain Norman’s visit comes just weeks after she made the inaugural Perth to Longon flight in late March.

The Swing Into Wings dinner will pay tribute to Qantas Boeing 747-400 VH-OJA, the “City of Canberra” jumbo jet now on display at the HARS Aviation Museum.

The first Qantas Boeing 747 still holds the world record for the longest non-stop delivery flight from London to Sydney in 1989. It can also lay claim to the shortest flight from Sydney to Albion Park in 2015.

“Crew from both those flights and their family members will be honoured at the dinner,” Illawarra Sunrise Rotary member Tony McAdam said.

A special start to the evening will involve guests enjoying a glass of champagne and nibbles onboard the Qantas Boeing 747 “City of Canberra” before moviong into the museum for a meal and dancing.

Another highlight will be a special auction that includes the chance to meet actor John Travolta when he flies his Boeing 707 into Albion Park Regional Airport later in 2018.

All proceeds from the dinner will go to Dream Big Dancers, a Fairy Meadow based Dance School for children and adults with special needs.

Tickets sales close on April 29.

Welcome Back Vinnie: John Travolta arriving at Sydney in his personal jet in 2010. He will be flying the same plane to Albion Park in 2018. Picture: Anthony Johnson.

Welcome Back Vinnie: John Travolta arriving at Sydney in his personal jet in 2010. He will be flying the same plane to Albion Park in 2018. Picture: Anthony Johnson.