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Photos supplied by Katrina Partridge

Auster’s Fly In To Middlebrook (April 2012)



MIDDLEBROOK STATION played host to the Auster Fly-In with a record 43 planes in attendance. Hosted by Susanne and Alan Henderson of Middlebrook Station, and supported by the Scone Aero Club, the weekend attracted visitors from all over Victoria and New South Wales.

Superb weather conditions for the event saw many aircraft, including the Tiger Moth squadron from Luskintyre, join the vintage Austers for a weekend of fun and flying. The Scone Aero Club hosted aviators at the Club House for dinner on Friday night, before a full day of flying activities at Middlebrook Station on the Saturday.

One aircraft that stood out was the Russian built Yakolev Yak52TW from Kyneton in Victoria. The distinctive Leopard skin paintwork and superb flying skills of pilot Jim Wickham awed an enthusiastic crowd as Jim put the Yak through its paces.

Aviators were treated to a special dinner on Saturday night at the Middlebrook Station Woolshed, including a sheep shearing demonstration by Hamish Henderson and veteran Kiwi shearer Bob Rankin, using the Woolshed’s vintage shearing equipment. Susanne Henderson reported over 80 guests in attendance on the night.

Pay’s Air Service graciously agreed to open the Warbids Hangar on Sunday morning for the visiting pilots before making their way home.

Scone Aero Club president Neville Partridge commented that the weekend Fly-In was one of the best he could remember, and expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the pilots and aviators in attendance, to the Henderson family for organising and hosting such a wonderful event, and to the Scone Aero Club members who contributed to make the weekend a huge success.