Fly-in draws big crowds
IT WAS everything to do with wheels and machines two weekends ago when the Evans Head Great Eastern Fly-In got off the ground two weeks ago.
Large crowds spent their time either craning their necks to watch what was happening in the air or wandering through the displays on terra firma.
The more daring took joy flights in the range of vintage aircraft, micro lights and helicopters that had flown in to be part of the weekend.
Volunteer Will Fisher, of Riley's Hill, just enjoyed being part of the event.
"This weekend I'm the general dog's body but I love flying, air craft and engines," he said.
"I've been flying since 2002 and have always wanted to do it as a kid."
He wasn't the only one, as people flocked to the Evans Head Airpark information tent to find out the upcoming plans for the Evans Head aerodrome.
"When we take over the aerodrome we want to see events like the Great Eastern Fly-In continue," Evans Head Airpark chief Peter Lynch said.
"Now that the contract is signed, we need to submit a DA to council which could take 12-18 months.
"From there the first stage of construction will probably take 6-9 months."
Mr Lynch had flown his 1948 Grumman Mallard amphibian seaplane to the fly-in and made it a family affair.
"I'm here with my three kids and my brother and my mother has come up from Sydney as well," he said.
For those who preferred to keep their feet planted there was also plenty to look at such as the model airplanes flown by the Evans Head Radio Aero Sports club.
"There's about eight of us in the club," member Ian Thompson, of Marom Creek, said.
Members of the Northern Rivers Vintage and Veteran Car Club were also on hand, including Allan Keys and three generations of his family from Federal.
"We've brought our 1939 Federal tabletop truck, our 1942 International military cargo carrier and our 1927 Flying 4 Dodge," Mr Keys said.
"Our family has owned the Dodge since 1927 when my grandfather Adam Keys bought it brand new."
For more fly-in photos go to rivertowntimes.com.au.