For the last 25 years or so the last weekend in August has been synonymous with a great fly-in at Watts Bridge. For many years there was the Queensland Vintage Aeroplane Group's highly successful Festival of Flight.
And in more recent times the Gathering of Eagles - Australia has filled the bill by attracting a wide range of aircraft with an exceptional turn-out of vintage and ex-military aircraft.
Without doubt one of the major attractions of this year's Gathering was the wonderfully colourful formations of YAK and Nanchang aircraft thundering around the skies. Another highlight was the "Winds of War", a group of military re-enactors who went to great lengths to recreate the look, feel and atmosphere of a bygone era, much in keeping with the origins and history of Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield. Also on display were several of the growing collection of WW1 replica aircraft which are under construction on the field.
Many rare and noteworthy aircraft attended including the aforementiond YAKs and Nanchangs, a rare de Havilland Dove, the immaculate L-200 Morava, two Boeing Stearmen, a T28 Trojan, half a dozen de Havilland Tiger Moths, several CT4 / Victa Airtourers, a superb Waiex, a Supermarine Spitfire replica and many more aircraft too numerous to mention individually.
But as always, the real stars of the day were the pilots and navigators of 130 plus general and recreational aviation aircraft who flew in to enjoy the day. Great weather, good food, cold drinks, efficient ground marshals and a higher than usual turn out from the general public all contributed to a highly successful Gathering of Eagles - Australia 2014.
Watts Bridge submitted a feature article and photographs for inclusion in the Recreational Aviation Australia's monthly magazine - Sport Pilot. RAAus printed a great two page spread which helps enormously with the promotion of the airfield and next year's All-In Fly-In.