The sky was clear and wind was calm making for ideal flying conditions for the League of Silent Flight rally held at the Jerilderie racecourse over the Easter long weekend.
League president Michael O’Reilly said he was pleased with the turnout of about 35 people and 80 model aeroplanes.
‘‘We would like to give a huge thank you to Murrumbidgee Council for supporting this event for 39 years and preparing the grounds for us for the Easter rally.’’
The annual rally was a chance for like-minded people to catch up and indulge in their favourite activity, Mr O’Reilly added.
‘‘We had pilots from Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, so it was great to see people travelling to support the event.’’
There were scale glider models ranging from the 1950s to current modern composite gliders on show.
‘‘Some of these gliders can have a wingspan of up to eight metres, some can be quite large and also worth up to $10,000,’’ Mr O’Reilly explained.
Mr O’Reilly is serving his second stint as league president. He held the position in 1978 when Jerilderie hosted its first Silent Flight rally.
‘‘I just love it and was happy to take on the position in the national league again, especially as the (national) competition is being held in Jerilderie in June. We’re looking forward to that event.’’
The Australian team for the F3J League of Silent Flight World Championships will be selected at the Jerilderie event in June this year, held over the Queen’s birthday long weekend.