A Golden Era for Adelaide's skies

Monday, 13th November, 2017

Adelaide will host a fun-filled aerial extravaganza. Photo: Ross Felix

THE skies of Adelaide will be filled with the distinct buzz of model aircraft from a bygone era as pilots step back in time for The Golden Era Races from November 17-19.

Held at the Constellation Model Flying Club at Waterloo Corner biannually since 1997, the nostalgic fun-filled aerial extravaganza will see pilots flying scale replicas of aircraft flown in America and England in full-size racing between World War I and II.

"It's a celebration of air racing with intricate scale models of real aircraft," said organiser Peter Leaney.

"The thrill was that they were primarily designed and built to win races; that's why it's referred to as the golden era. However, these developments fed into the aircraft used in WWII."

The event was developed and implemented by the late Leo O'Reilly, Geoff Burfield and Iain McLeay.

"This is a very exciting event and I think the noise and the thrilling speed encourages a lot of people to keep coming back," Mr Leaney said.

"Spectators will witness representations of aircraft flown by such aviation pioneers as Jimmy Doolittle, Roscoe "Gilmore" Turner and movie mogul Howard Hughes."

Classes of model aircraft to be flown include Golden Era Radial and Inline models that feature wingspans of more than two metres; Reno War Birds; the high performance Formula 1; and the smaller class of earlier American Trainer Texan AT-6 models.

  • Constellation Model Flying Club, Brooks Rd, Waterloo Corner.

Members of the public are welcome and entry is free.

The Model Aeronautical Association of Australia encourages and supports people to enjoy aeromodelling in a safe, fun environment. It helps clubs to provide the best advice, instructors and knowledge base so members can safely learn to fly. Members can undertake pilot training, get their wings or even become an instructor or inspector.

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