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Enthusiasts wing it at event

Allora’s Peter Frith with his amphibian aircraft at Wings Over Warwick at the weekend.
Allora’s Peter Frith with his amphibian aircraft at Wings Over Warwick at the weekend.

THE warbird's roar was deafening as her engine spluttered into life. People stopped mid-sentence and were transfixed as the T28D Trojan took to the sky.

Most watched on in silence, but there was one little boy who clapped and waved at the aircraft that had descended on Warwick for the Wings over Warwick Aviation Expo.

One-year-old Joshua Mulliss and his mother Kalesita were among the hundreds of people at the Warwick's Massie Airfield on Saturday to see the aircraft on display.

Joshua's favourite was Kim Rolph-Smith's Trojan, a genuine combat veteran built by North American Aviation in 1951 before being seconded to the CIA in 1964.

It saw action in the Vietnam War, was part of the Royal Thai Airforce and was sold to the Philippine Airforce in 1976 before calling Australia home.

Fast-forward 60 years to Allora's Peter Frith who brought the first amphibian aircraft of its kind to Australia, the Super Petrel LS.

“We literally only unpacked the craft on Thursday just in time for Wings Over Warwick,” Mr Frith said.


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