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Warwick Aerodrome 60th Anniversary

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Fellow Club members,

My first blog as new President.

Saturday 3rd November 2018 was the commemoration and unveiling of the monument in dedication to the local volunteers who cleared the land between 1955 and 1958 and established the aerodrome in memory of the fallen in World War II. The Aero Club organised a great bash and we were graced by many descendants of those volunteers and ex-Warwick mayor Ron Bellingham who recounted those early days. It was amazing to see the development that the aerodrome has gone through from those early days and it was apparent that the Warwick Gliding Club formed a key role in keeping it going after the aerodrome was not commercially viable for charter flights.

 

We were lucky to have 15 warbirds fly in from their AGM in Toowoomba after their Watts Bridge visit got cancelled. Planespotting heaven!

The Honourable David Litteproud was there to do the unveiling and he graciously invited me and Phil Goyne from the aeroclub to pull off the cover from the new monument. It was immensely satisfying to hear just how important the gliding community has been to the aerodrome and that we have been there since 1961 through thick and thin.

The aerodrome has been expanding rapidly through the construction of private hangers from 2003 onwards and more are slated to be built. Recently we as a club bought our lease so we have secured our future at he aerodrome for the coming decades

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