Giant model warbirds take to Gladstone skies

FOR the second year in a row the Gladstone Model Aeroplane Club will host the Southern Cross War Birds long flying meet this weekend.

Club members from the southern half of the state will join for a casual catch-up and a chance to fly their model aircraft.

Club flying instructor Troy Josefski said members expected more than 50 model aircraft in the sky throughout the day.

"This will be the second official time we've held an event like this here in Gladstone. It's promised to be bigger and better than last year, that's for sure," he said.

"We have many more pilots coming this year and we have a greater range of planes taking part."

Up from the Sunshine Coast, one of the biggest model planes will be a Piper Cub, which is half the size of the real deal and is set to impress.

Model Warbirds Association president Bill Sharpe said members travel from as far as Sarina up north and from Coffs Harbour down south.

"We're all a group of fellas from all different clubs and we fly warbirds, which seems to be the biggest movement at the moment," he said.

"We tend to get together eight times a year and each time we do it's at a different club.

"We were here this time last year, and now we're back; love enjoying the company, the camaraderie and the experience of flying model aeroplanes that represent the First World War and in between wars."

Flying will take place on the corner of Fishermans Landing and Guerossimoff Rds. Spectators are welcome.