TOUCH DOWN: This aeroplane is the first to land at the aerodrome. It was flown up to Warwick by the owner's family in 2003.
TOUCH DOWN: This aeroplane is the first to land at the aerodrome. It was flown up to Warwick by the owner's family in 2003. Contributed

Volunteers gave more than time to build historic aerodrome

WEEKENDS spent blasting, grading, surfacing and turfing will be remembered in a new memorial to commemorate volunteers who helped build the Warwick Aerodrome six decades ago.

This Saturday, Member for Maranoa David Littleproud will unveil the monument at the Warwick Aerodrome 60th Anniversary celebration.

Warwick Aero Club president Phil Goyne said it was important to honour the hard work of volunteers from all around the region, who gave up their weekends to build the facility over a period of three years from 1955.

"Interested citizens made available trucks, tractors, saws, axes, mattocks and shovels,” former WW2 instructor Gus Mauch wrote in historical account, Wings Over Warwick.

Aircrafts, Pty., Ltd.'s Hawk Moth was the first machine to use the airstrip that existed before the official aerodrome was built.
Aircrafts, Pty., Ltd.'s Hawk Moth was the first machine to use the airstrip that existed before the official aerodrome was built. Contributed

"Volunteers provided their own lunch and girl guides provided afternoon teas.”

Six decades on, the aerodrome is still used by clubs and organisations including the RAFF, the Warwick Gliding Club and the Warwick Aero Club.

It is also one of only a few airstrips in Australia where drones are approved to fly.

"What we wanted to do is to recognise the volunteers who put a lot of time into getting the aerodrome going,” Mr Goyne said.

All are welcome to attend the anniversary celebrations on November 3 from 10am, with a morning tea and unveiling followed by lunch.

Phone Phil Goyne on 0417 761 584 for information.



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