The Great Vintage Fly In, Caboolture

Bristol Fighter

Over the ANZAC Day long weekend (23-24th April), The Australian Vintage Aviation Society (TAVAS) hosted the first “Great Vintage Fly In” at Caboolture airfield, about 40 minutes drive north of Brisbane.

Not only did TAVAS show off three of it’d flying aircraft (Fokker Dr.1, Bristol Fighter and the newly flying Fokker D.VIII) off to the public, but a whole host of vintage aircraft turned up for the crowd to enjoy.

Here are some photographs from the event.

The Fokker D.VIII in flight.

Fokker D.VIII

Shortly after the first flight of the TAVAS operated Fokker D.VIII, I was fortunate enough to fly with and photograph the WW1 fighter from the air.

The small and camouflaged aircraft was not too hard to find as we were watching it from its take off and we soon joined up with it at around 2500 feet above Caboolture in Queensland.

Despite the differing speeds between the Fokker and the camera aircraft, we were able to get into many useful positions to photograph the fighter.

Two things I found quite interesting about the flight were the sound of the D.VIII’s original 1918 vintage engine. Loud on the ground, we could hear it in the cockpit of our aircraft even though we were flying at a distance. It’s also not an easy job to keep it in frame when maneuvering around, not least because the camera gets heavier as the G’s increase!

Here are some of the results of that flight. I hope you enjoy them and can see the aircraft around Caboolture at some point. TAVAS is hosting a fly-in the over the ANZAC Day long weekend.

 

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Photo: David White

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