John Larter’s electric Lancaster bomber has three-blade propellers, a wing span of 3m and weighs 21kg.
John Larter’s electric Lancaster bomber has three-blade propellers, a wing span of 3m and weighs 21kg.

Warbirds over Tin Can Bay

THE skies over Tin Can Bay were abuzz with 120 model fighter planes at the weekend.

The biggest fly-in of Southern Cross Air Force Warbirds the Bay has seen, the two-day event hosted by the Tin Can Bay Model Flying Club drew pilots and their planes from as far afield at Gladstone, Redcliffe and Toowoomba.

A third-scale model Tiger Moth, one of the best known bi-planes of the 1940s, was among the biggest of the entries in this year's gathering which also saw two jets, Spitfires boasting wingspans up to three metres, and a Second World War four-engine electric Lancaster bomber taking to the sky.

Event spokesman Neil Low, whose 1930s Gypsy Moth was among the impressive line-up of warbirds taking part, said the weekend cemented the Tin Can Bay club's annual May fly-in's reputation as the biggest and best of its kind in Queensland.

"One hundred and 20 pilots is the most we've ever had," he said.

"We had good support from the public, many of whom would remember some of the planes taking part, like the Tiger Moths - all the people who flew Spitfires in World War II trained in Tiger Moths.

"Of particular interest was the World War I German Eindecker which was the first aeroplane to be able to fire a machine gun through its propeller - it played absolute havoc with the English."

The Tin Can Bay Model Flying Club flies Wednesdays and weekends. For more details phone Neil on 5486 4412.

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