Spring Charity Airshow


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  • Location: Coolum, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland

21 August, 2008  ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST RADIO CONTROLLED FLYING MODEL PLANES TO BE EXCITING HIGHLIGHT OF COAST CHARITY AIRSHOW!

The Manager of the Airshow, Roy Salmon, has announced that a large scale flying model of a U.S. B17 Flying Fortress will be a feature of the Charity Airshow being staged by Suncoast Model Flyers on September 27 and 28.

The 4 petrol engine bomber has a wingspan of 5.3 metres (17.4 feet) and is one of the largest radio controlled scale model aircraft flown in Australia.   The plane will be flown numerous times over both days by the owner-builder Steve Thomas with a co-pilot to assist. It will fly circuits and bombing runs over the model flying club's airfield in Quanda Road, Coolum.
 
Suncoast Model Flyers is a radio controlled model flying club based at Coolum although its members come from all over the Sunshine Coast. Over 60 scale model radio controlled aircraft built and flow by members are expected to take part in events over the Saturday and Sunday.

This will be one of the few occasions such an Airshow has been run on the Sunshine Coast and is sure to attract large public interest and attendance. A previous show at Easter was washed out.

Airshow Manager Roy Salmon said that all types of scale model aircraft will be flying over the two days, including helicopters, WW2 Warbirds such as Spitfires, Mustangs, Hurricanes and WW1 aircraft such as a British Sopwith and a German Fokker. A large scale flying model of a Bleriot X1, which was the first aircraft to cross the English Channel in 1909, will also feature.
 
The two day programme has been designed so that there is non-stop activity from10:00am until 3:00pm each day.
 
"Another of the highlights of the Airshow will be demonstrations by large scale model jets, "said Salmon. "These are the planes that so thrilled our record crowds last year, flying past at over 300kms an hour. They actually have a scale real jet engine."
 
As well, helicopters will perform formation flying and 3D Aerobatics that not even the real choppers can do!
 
Amongst those taking part will be 20 year old Travis Walker, a recent winner of the all-age Queensland Pattern Flying Championships. Travis will demonstrate freestyle aerobatics including a special aerobatic interlude set to music.
 
Also on the field will be Chris Callow from Wurtulla on the Coast, 3 times Pylon Racing World Champion. Chris will demonstrate this exciting sport during which his model will fly at over 350 kms an hour!
 
Gates to the 50 acre airfield in Quanda Road, Coolum, near the roundabout on the Coolum-Yandina Road, will open at 8:00am each day, Saturday September 27 and Sunday 28th and there is ample free parking. Entry is only $6 adults, under 16's $3 and under 4's free.
 
Full catering is being conducted by Lions International with proceeds to charity.

Graphics to the right:

1. The U.S. B17 Flying Fortress model, built and flown by Steve Thomas, has a 5.3 metres wingspan (17.4 feet) and is one of the largest radio controlled models in Australia.  It will be flying circuits and simulated bombing runs at the Airshow. (Photo by Bryan Cooper)

2. This is a full sized reproduction of the Bleriot X1 built and flown by Louis Bleriot, in which he became the first to fly the English Channel in 1909. It had a wingspan of 7.79 metres (25.5 feet) and is housed in a U.S. museum. A model of this aircraft, built by Ron de Chastel of Warana, will give special demonstration flights at the Airshow.  It has a wingspan of 2.44 metres (8.00 feet), roughly a third of the size of the original.

WORLD WAR 1 BIPLANES TO JETS OF TODAY... THEY'LL ALL BE FLYING IN MODEL CHARITY AIRSHOW.

Suncoast Model Flyers Spring Charity Airshow will feature a range of radio-controlled scale model aircraft from  a Sopwith Pup fighter,  9 feet wingspan (1/3 scale), as flown by the Royal Flying Corps over France in World War 1,  to such modern day jets as the A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) Tankbuster and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The Manager of the Airshow, Roy Salmon, said that Australia's largest model aircraft, a scale B17 Flying Fortress (wingspan 17.4 feet) will also be a feature of the Charity Airshow being staged on September 27 and 28 at the club's flying field in Quanda Road, Coolum, off the Yandina - Coolum Road near the motorway roundabout.

"Over 60 scale model radio controlled aircraft built and flown by members are expected to take part in events over the Saturday and Sunday" he said.

Other scale models will include helicopters, WW2 Warbirds such as Spitfires, Mustangs, Hurricanes and other WW1 aircraft such as a German Fokker. A large scale flying model of a Bleriot X1, which was the first aircraft to cross the English Channel in 1909, will also feature. There will also be demonstrations by large scale model jets and helicopters. demonstrations by large scale model
 
The two day programme has been designed so that there is non-stop activity from10:00am until 3:00pm each day.
 
Gates to the 50 acre airfield in Quanda Road will open at 8:00am each day, Saturday September 27 and Sunday 28th and there is ample free parking. Entry is only $6 adults, under 16's $3 and under 4's free.
 
Full catering is being conducted by Lions International with proceeds to charity.

Graphic to the right: This shows a Sopwith Scout (Pup) biplane fighter from the first World War, flown by the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, contrasted with a sleek jet, the A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) Tankbuster currently in service with the U.S. Air Force.

The Sopwith was built and is flown by Phil Warne of Kureelpa. The A-10 Thunderbolt was built and is flown by Chris Venter (in the picture) of Minyama.

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