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Watts Bridge All-In Fly-In

If It Flies - It's Welcome At Watts Bridge!!
I've been to this event for the last couple of years and looking to attending more in the future.
It's a relaxed day and people from all walks of life share the day happily...
the common factor is the appreciation of all things within the aviation field.
Saturday, May 31 2014 is the next All-In Fly-In.
This airfied is approximately 5nm from the township of Toogoolawah, South East Queensland. Approximately 1.5 hours from Brisbane.
GPS - S 27 05.9 E 152 27.6.    CTAF 127.3 Mhz    Area 129.0 Mhz

There is 3 grass strips...
 main runway  12 R - 30 L,  gliders and gyroplanes  12 L - 30 R, cross strip  03 -

CTAF pro
cedures (3nm radius - surface to 3000ft AMSL) apply for all operations
 at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield.
Watts Bridge airfield (runways and associated infrastructure) was originally constructed in 1942 as part of  Australian World War II Defense Program. At the end of the hosilities the airfield was no longer required by its military occupants. The infrastructure was removed and the land was returned back to agricultural purposes.

In the early 1980's the site was rediscovered  by a small group of recreational pilots who were dedicted to getting it back to a functioning airfield. At this time the runways were badly overgrown and used by grazing cattle. the cattle are now grazing in surrounding paddocks adjacent to the airfield.

By 1990, the airfield was transformed from cow paddock to airfield with the grass runways restored to operational standard. Hangars (commerical and private), fuel bowser (100LL AVGAS),  caravan/camping site  and air chalets  are within its boundaries.

With no landing fees and being able to support a range of recreational aircraft - vintage, war bird, ultra light, glider and general aviation, there is a range of clubs that use the airfield as there base - Australian Aerobatic Club - Queensland Chapter, Brisbane Valley Sport Aviation Club, Caboolture Gliding Club, Queensland Vintage Aeroplane Group and the South East Queensland Gyroplane Club.

The poster pictured to the right, was in response to the proposed "invasion of Australia" by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in early 1942.
The invasion was opposed by the Japanese Army and Prime Minister Hideki Tojo. They regarded it as being unfeasible given Australia's geography and its strength of its military force and support of allied forces.