Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield Inc. invites all aviation enthusiasts to be a part of our annual fly-in the "Gathering of Eagles - Australia" which is being staged across two days, the 29th - 30th August 2015. Overnight camping on the airfield is encouraged.
It is anticipated that Saturday 29th will see the highlight aircraft and other activities on the field. Expect to see a huge variety of aircraft types including warbirds representative of WW1 and WW2, vintage, aerobatic and homebuilt aeroplanes as well as a wide cross section of general aviation and light sports aircraft.
In addition to the attending aircraft, there will be many vintage cars and military vehicles on display, WW1 and WW2 military re-enactors and other exhibits in keeping with a major fly-in.
On-field catering will provide a wide assortment of tasty snacks and meals including a 3 course dinner on Saturday evening and breakfast on Sunday morning. Coffee and cold drinks will be available all day with refreshments available to accompany the Saturday evening dinner. Pre-booking the evening meal is essential for catering purposes.
100LL AVGAS is available from the airfield bowser.
Admission for pilots and aircrew flying into the "Gathering of Eagles" is free with no landing fees.
Visitors driving into the event on Saturday will pay an entry fee of $10 with children under 12 years of age being admitted free.
For more information contact: Bruce Clarke 0427-699-239
To book the Saturday evening meal contact Liz Cook on 0419-369-963
With 500+ photographs to wade through it's going to take a little while to get the final wrap-up of the All-In Fly-In 2015 completed.
However: In summary it's fair to say the day was an unqualified success with in excess of 160 aircraft flying in for the day. Most pleasing was the wide range of aircraft on display with the return in force of the warbirds and vintage aircraft. As someone observed - it's a long time since Drifters out numbered Jabirus at a fly-in!!
But best of all was the unparalleled community support for the event. There were so many people out and about enjoying a wonderful Autumn day witnessing first hand the positive side of sport aviation.
This weekend saw Watts Bridge seemingly invaded by a squadron of Eastern Block aircraft.
In reality Red Thunder offers warbird operators a great opportunity to refine their piloting and flying skills with activities such as flour bombing, streamer cutting and formation flying.
Female Komrades (Natasha's) can partake in a variety of social occasions such as a seafood luncheon, art gallery and antique shop visits. Everyone comes together for the Red Air Squadron Dining Inn Night held at the Toogoolwah Hoteliski.
Though warbirds, these aircraft - predominantly Yak's and Nanchang's - are really colourful with many sporting "nose art" themed on their country of origin. But best of all is the sound of those big thumping radial engines. A formation of 10 or more flying overhead is quite awe inspiring!
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is strongly committed to a "Fly Neighbourly" policy ensuring good working relationships with other land owners in the district.
Pilots are requested to download the Fly Neighbourly Chart to be aware of and avoid where operationally possible, noise and over-fly sensitive locations adjacent to the airfield.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield requests that all members and visitors using the airfield's internal roads adhere to the signposted maximum Speed Limit of 20kph.
The Speed Limit maximises safety for all motorists and pedestrians, significantly reduces damage to the airfield's roadways and minimises the generation of dust which has an adverse affect on aircraft, buildings and human health.