Red Thunder 2017 Poster

Red Thunder - 2017

30th May - 4th June

The annual gathering of the Watts Bridge Warbirds "RED THUNDER 2017", sponsored by the Queensland Warbird and Vintage Aircraft Association, was held over the extended weekend the 30th May to the 4th June 2017. In excess of 24 warbirds participated, making this the most successful Red Thunder ever held.

The event was a great success creating, the opportunity for Warbird Operators to socialise and refine piloting skills. Many 'Eastern Block' warbird aircraft take part in these events, and accordingly RED THUNDER 2017 continued its 'Russian Flavour' in both its flying and social activities.

RED THUNDER flying activities provide a safe environment for continuation training for both ab-initio and proficiency pilot training in the areas of ;

  • Flour Bombing,
  • Streamer Cutting,
  • Tactical Formation,
  • Max Performance Handling, and
  • Combat Manoeuvring (Flying the Combat Position)

RED THUNDER 2017 centred its flying activities to facilitate the final days competition 'POEHALI' ("Lets Ride !!", YURI GARGARIN 12 April 1961). Several of our female Komrades (Natasha's) attend Red Thunder, and several 'Natasha' activities were enjoyed by the girls including;

  • Natasha's 'Glass House Mountain' aerial tour & Seafood luncheon on the Sunshine Coast,
  • Natasha's Gallery and Antiques crawl - Brisbane Valley (Esk & Fernvale), and
  • Natasha's Spa Day.

Of particular great success was Saturday Night's RED AIR SQUADRON Dinning Inn Night held at the Toogoolawah Hotel. A great time was enjoyed by all and, as at last years event, most found the time to 'dress' for the occasion !!

RED THUNDER 2018 promises to be an even better event, and we would encourage players to contact organiser Gill Vardi on 0412 963 106 for next year's event details, and to register your interest.

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