Wind plays havoc with pilots' plans

SATURDAY'S choppy weather put a dampener on the Wings Over Warwick event on Saturday, with a number of pilots unable to make the rough and bumpy trip to the Massie Aerodrome.

However, local pilots braved the strong, icy winds that descended upon the region at the weekend, much to the pleasure of guests who took to the tarmac to admire the machines.

Queensland Recreational Aircraft Association (QRAA) president Kelvin Hutchinson said the strong winds over the range had made it dangerous for planes to travel, forcing numbers down.

"There are definitely fewer people here than we would normally have," he said.

"It's unfortunate that we have had this weather.

"We usually have a lot of people come from the coast, Archerfield, Ballina and Caboolture."

Phil Wagner has been involved in the event since it began in 2001 and said he was disappointed to see such miserable weather.

"The weather is not conducive to flying and it's a shame because we have had such good weather in other years," he said.

Mr Wagner said a number of aircraft were expected to attend the event in the afternoon, including Boomerang fighter aircraft and radials, which he said were huge crowd pleasers.

"(Radials) are the V8s and Harley Davidsons of the aeroplane world," he said.

But it wasn't just big, shiny planes on display at the weekend.

A number of people exhibited impressive historic cars, and the Ulysses motorbike club also made an appearance.

Group member Bill Doran said the club felt it was important to support fellow local groups, and even set up a fundraiser on the day.

Visitors were able to vote for their favourite bike and a show and shine also took place, with all funds raised going towards the Flying Doctors.



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