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Toogoolawah soars to success

Miss Chevy Delight and Miss LuLu Divine dressed to impress at the Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield All-In Fly-In at Toogoolawah. Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star
Miss Chevy Delight and Miss LuLu Divine dressed to impress at the Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield All-In Fly-In at Toogoolawah. Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star Tom Threadingham

AN AMAZING variety of winged wonders soared high in the skies of Toogoolawah much to the delight of the region's aviation buffs at the weekend.

The Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield was abuzz with the sounds of whirring propellers from all aviation eras on Saturday as it hosted the annual All-In Fly-In extravaganza.

More than 80 planes from across Queensland and further afield flew in for the event.

Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield president Bruce Clarke said the fly-in had proved to be a huge success, with a diverse range of aircraft hitting the skies.

"We had the whole spectrum of aviation enthusiasts and their planes here," Mr Clarke

said.

"There was a lot of interest from an education point of view, with the Toogoolawah State High School's display and program, too."

Although organised as a great day out for pilots, Mr Clarke said he hoped to grow the fly-in as a local tourism attraction for the region and inspire other like-minded people.

"The whole idea of the event is to bring people to the area, and we would like to make this an attraction for the local area," he said.

"What we hope to do is to get people interested, and we hope to expand on it in the future."

Mr Clarke said the airfield held two fly-in events during the cooler months each year.

"Winter in Queensland is ideal for flying, as the weather is better and the weather is a lot more settled," he said.

Among the range of aircraft landing on the day included a massive amphibious Grumman Mallard with a wingspan of 60ft, a replica of a Grumman Panther and a North American Texan T6.

Topics:  plane, somerset, toogoolawah, watts bridge memorial airfield


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