BIG BIRD: The Grumman Mallard takes off from Lake Barambah.
BIG BIRD: The Grumman Mallard takes off from Lake Barambah. Shaun Pukallus

A huge Grumman Mallard proved a spectacular sight

A HUGE Grumman Mallard proved a spectacular sight as it coasted in to land on the calm waters of Lake Barambah.

The unusual flying machine was one of many planes in South Burnett's skies for the Burnett Flyers' annual fly-in at the weekend.

Club president Ralph Percy said the hulking Mallard was a star attraction, and one of the many amphibious aircraft that came along with the Seaplane Captains Association.

"The Grumman Mallard is powered by two 600HP Pratt and Whitney radial engines and is the only one in original condition left in Australia," Mr Percy said.

For him, a highlight of the weekend was an unforgettable ride in the large seaplane that took five lucky winners over the lake for a 30-minute scenic flight.

The fly-in brought more than 120 pilots and their families to enjoy the perfect flying weather on Anzac Day.

For more information, visit the Burnett Flyers website.

Burnett Flyers facts

  • Burnett Flyers operate Angelfield Aerodrome in Murgon that was established by Martha Angel in 1932.
  • The famous Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith used the airfield for flights in the 1930s.
  • The airfield is still owned by the Angel family.
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