Guest Brett Campany Posted October 30, 2009 Share Posted October 30, 2009 Tribute to Nancy Bird-Walton 7 November 10:30am Langley Park, Perth Langley Park will come alive with aircraft on Saturday as the City Of Perth hosts a free tribute to the late Nancy Bird-Walton - Australia's greatest aviatrix.About 17 aircraft will land from 11am and there will be a variety of activities, including a model plane display and parachute demonstration before take-off at 2pm. The park, which was the site of Perth's first major runway, has been used for years for special fly-in events for small planes. One of the major attractions will be the Culp Special biplane and the Christen Eagle stunt plane which will perform a trademark mirror formation. Also flying in are biplanes from Germany, England, Russia and the United States, plus a huge Texan war bird and helicopters from Rotorvation. The MC vintage car club will support the event with more than 100 vintage cars. Mrs Walton, who died in January aged 93, was Australia's first female pilot and was taught by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. A qualified pilot by the age of 19, she became known as the Angel of the Outback for her work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, receiving an OBE in 1966 and Order of Australia in 1990. I haven't see this in years and as far as I knew, fly-in's at Langley Park on the Perth foreshore were cancelled because the Perth City Council built this great monstrosity called "The Bell Tower at the western end of Langley Park several years ago. The only other aircraft that were allowed to fly into Langley Park was the RedBull aircraft. This is great news because I've always wanted to be a part of something like this in the future and it means that we could probably hold an event here each year! So if you're in Perth on the 7th of November at around 10:30am, come down to Langley Park and check it out. A photo of Langley Park at one of the last fly-in's Size of Langley Park Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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