Warbirds to make surprising touchdown in Warwick
LIGHT planes from all around the state will touch down in Warwick this weekend in a celebration to remember the group of dedicated volunteers who built the Warwick Aerodrome 60 years ago.
A memorial to men and women who volunteered their time on weekends to build the aerodrome will be unveiled by Member for Maranoa David Littleproud tomorrow morning.
Warwick Aero Club president Phil Goyne said a surprise visit from members of the Australian Warbirds Association was currently being arranged.
"We're expecting around 10-20 vintage planes to come in and land, which would be good,” Mr Goyne said.
The new memorial will mark 60 years since the aerodrome was built.
Mr Goyne said the project was inspired and executed by volunteers from the Warwick and district community about 1955.
"A lot of people donated their machinery like tractors and graders and bulldozers, and the council lent some of their machinery and that went on for three years,” Mr Goyne said.
When the aerodrome was completed in 1958, it was handed over to the Warwick Shire Council.
Six decades on, the flying facility is still being used by clubs and organisations including the RAAF, the Warwick Gliding Club and the Warwick Aero Club.
Mr Goyne said the memorial was an effort to recognise the contributions of volunteers while their descendants remained in the area.
"We're hoping relatives of the volunteers will come and share their stories and memories,” he said.
Former Southern Downs mayor Ron Bellingham, deputy mayor Jo McNally and Warwick Gliding Club president David Kinlan will make speeches.
A free morning tea will begin at 10am followed by the unveiling and barbecue lunch at the Warwick Aerodrome off the Massie Bony Mountain Rd.