FLYING HIGH: Vintage military aircraft will be soaring above Kingaroy.
FLYING HIGH: Vintage military aircraft will be soaring above Kingaroy. Contributed

Warbirds to soar high above Kingaroy

KEEP your eyes on the skies, because a handful of rare vintage warplanes from our military past will soon be flying over Kingaroy.

A group of warbird enthusiasts will be headed to town to practise formations and handling for their historic aircraft.

Mark Awad from the Australian Warbirds Association said the training exercise was not a public display, but anyone looking up might see something interesting.

"When you see them flying you get an idea of their speed and power, it's a very visceral experience," Mr Awad said.

The group will use Kingaroy Airport as a base over September 19-20 to hone skills in the machines of a bygone age.

Mr Awad said members got into the hobby in a number of different ways, but they all shared a passion for preserving the past.

"A lot of people appreciate seeing the old machines," he said.

"It's a passion for preserving history and sharing it with the public in a way."

They weren't happy just collecting and maintaining the old machines and trained hard to keep them in the sky.

"It's like seeing a bird in a cage compared to seeing it in the wild," he said.

Unfortunately, as the weekend is a training exercise, visitors are not welcome at the airfield over the weekend.

But he said any enthusiasts or military buffs might see something interesting if they just look up over the weekend.

"We do hope the local community enjoy seeing the aircraft overhead," he said.

FACT BOX

Some of the vintage planes that will be in the air.

T6 Harvard

Yak 52

T-28 Trojan

CJ6 Nanchang

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