Vintage gliders take to the air

There has been plenty of action at the Bordertown Aerodrome this week as the Bordertown-Keith Gliding Club played host to the annual Australian Vintage Glider Rally.

The rally which attracted more than a dozen local, national and international gliding enthusiasts, saw gliders take to the sky from January 6 to 13.

Nine visiting gliders, their pilots and families came from around NSW and Victorian clubs, with one pilot, Jed Terry, flying out from England to attend the rally.

Local forecaster Pete Bannister from Mundulla sent up a weather balloon each morning and gave a detailed analysis of the conditions likely for flying during the day, including thermal strength and max height.

Bordertown-Keith Gliding Club president Peter Brookman was pleased with how this year’s event ran.

“It has been great to see the airfield come alive this week, we have had great numbers attend once again this year and it is a pleasure to host this event,” Peter said.

While conditions throughout the week were less than favourable on some days, most of the gliders were able to take off and fly for close to 150km per trip, depending on conditions in the sky.

Camping and bunk house accommodation was available at the airfield and all meals were catered for by the members of the Vintage Gliders Australia members.

The final wind-up dinner was put on by the Bordertown-Keith Gliding Club members.