GALLERY: Vintage gliders fly into Warwick Aerodrome
VINTAGE gliders soared into Warwick Aerodrome at the weekend giving flying enthusiasts a trip down memory lane.
A number of visiting glider pilots from Caboolture attended with vintage gliders and took to the skies above the Southern Downs.
The Vintage Glider Regatta was organised by Laurie Simpkins of the Warwick Gliding Club.
He personally owns a number of vintage gliders and the M-200, which he flew during the weekend, is unique to Australia.
The oldest glider at the event was the Cherokee 1962 owned and flown by Graham Manetti.
Most of the gliders are wooden with fabric covering and hand-built, crafted and restored by their owners over many hundreds of hours and in some cases years.
The skill of these craftsmen is second to none.
Gliding has been practised continuously at the Warwick aerodrome since 1962 and the club has some 50 members.
Cross country flights of many hundreds of kilometres across the Darling Downs take place almost every weekend.
The Darling Downs is a unique region to practice gliding offering year round flying.
The gliding club offers air experience flights to the public so it is well worth contacting the club via their website at wwww.warwickgliding.org to arrange a flight.
Air experience flights cost $150.