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Airmen add spark to Skyworks
Pilots Phil Dunn, Nick Long, Werner Buhlman and Adrian Thomas get set for Australian Day. Picture: Moggens Johansen/The West Australian

Action, drama and suspense will fill the Perth sky long before it gets dark enough for fireworks this Australia Day, with a thrilling air show to get pulses racing.

Vintage aircraft will perform aerial dogfights complete with spins, loops and 600m freefalls in what will surely have eyes glued skywards.

Aerobatic pilot Werner Buhlmann will be aboard the hard-to-miss de Havilland Tiger Moth as it flies across the Perth skyline next week.

The bright yellow aircraft, built in 1942, will be one of the stars of the show, which features the biggest gathering of vintage planes in WA.

Mr Buhlmann, who has been flying planes for more than 20 years, said there was nothing like hopping inside the open cockpit of a Tiger Moth.

"Its nothing like flying in the modern era - flying inside a vintage plane like this transports you back in time," he said.

"You can feel the wind in your hair, hear and smell the engine and you really feel like you're flying something special - there's something nostalgic about it."

For those interested in more modern flying machines, fire bombers used to fight bushfires will demonstrate a water drop into the Swan River before a seaplane landing.

The RAAF Hawk jets are another highlight of the show, with a display of high-speed aerobatics, while skywriters and skydivers plan to decorate the evening sky.

The first air show act will roar through the sky at 3.30pm on Australia Day before the Skyworks extravaganza kicks off at nightfall.