Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Celebration to Take Off

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Celebration to Take Off

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Byline: Chris Calcino chris.calcino@thechronicle.com.au

A CENTURY has passed since earth-bound residents first craned their necks to marvel at a flying machine dropping in to touch down at the Toowoomba Aerodrome.

Aviation devotees will get the chance to ride shotgun in a cloud-piercing war bird as the city celebrates 100 years of aeronautics today.

There is plenty to celebrate a[pounds sterling] from the first woman to fly from England to Australia Amy Johnson's landing in 1930 to the arrival of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith in his legendary Southern Cross Fokker Trimotor, the site has been at the centre of some of the most important moments in Australian aviation.

The airport will be open to the public today with a full schedule for airborne thrill seekers.

Organiser and aerodrome technical officer Scott Williamson said he caught the aflying buga early in life a[pounds sterling] a lifelong affliction he said was impossible to shake.

aOnce it gets in your system, it never goes away,a he said. …

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