Hornet flyby thrills crowds at Massie

THE noise bought one small boy to tears but a visit to Warwick Aerodrome, Massie, yesterday by a F/A-18F Super Hornet was a real crowd pleaser.

A few hundred eager locals showed up to see the RAAF aircraft fly over the aerodrome runway at a low altitude of only 60-70m.

The flyby was in support of the Easter Gliding Regatta, a cross-country flying event for students and experienced pilots.

Warwick Gliding Club member Nigel Andrews said the pilot of the super hornet, David McManus, learnt to fly in gliders near Jondaryan and had his first solo glide when he was 15 years of age.

"He's an active air force pilot and it's fantastic he's done this for us today," Mr Andrews said.

"The Australian Air Force Cadets use the Warwick aerodrome as a training facility, learning to fly in gliders.

"They have a 90% success rate, most students go on to flight school so, for any kids out there considering a future in the air force, check out the Australian Air Force Cadets."



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