WINGING IT: Lt Andrew Caldwell with a Kiowa military helicopter based in Oakey at the Wings over Warwick fly-in on Saturday.
WINGING IT: Lt Andrew Caldwell with a Kiowa military helicopter based in Oakey at the Wings over Warwick fly-in on Saturday. Jayden Brown

Creatures of the sky fly in

AIRCRAFT of all shapes and sizes took to the skies above the Rose City for the annual Wings over Warwick fly-in at the Massie Aerodrome on Saturday.

Pilots and aviation lovers shared their passion with hundreds of spectators, as one by one the myriad of aircraft began landing at the Massie Aerodrome throughout the morning.

Among the pilots was Lt Andrew Caldwell from the Australian Defence Force with a military helicopter nicknamed the Kiowa.

Lt Caldwell said the Kiowa was based in Oakey and used to train Defence Force pilots.

"It's great coming here to show the public what we do," Lt Caldwell said.

"It gives awareness that we are operating in the area and not to panic when we're flying low."

The keen pilot has been flying the Kiowa since January and said it was a lot of fun to travel in.

"It's fantastic - it's just an excellent aircraft," he said.

"My father introduced me to flying when I was 10 - I caught the bug."

There were many other talents on show as well, with veteran Gold Coast pilot and engineer Gary Spicer showing off one of the planes he built.

Based on a Dehavilland Beaver, the yellow Murphy Moose was made of aluminium and took Mr Spicer 17 months to build.

"This is the third plane I've built. Like any skill in life it takes practice," he said.

"I've been building planes for 10 years. The first plane I ever flew was a tiger moth 53 years ago."

The crowd was treated to a number of up-close-and-personal experiences with the aircraft, including the chance to sit in the cockpit.



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