Kevin & Vicki Bailey travelling in their restored 1935 Stinson Reliant SR-8C VH-UXL around Australia. It commenced March 25th with the crossing of the Nullabor, thru SA & in Victoria - attending the RAAF 90th Anniversary Pilgrimage, AAAA Annual fly-in at Echuca. Our plans are to see as much of Qld before turning left into Northern Territory and finally down the west coast of WA to home.
Friday, 8 April 2011
April 4 Echuca to Lethbridge
We cleaned up our cottage after preparing sandwiches for lunch.Kev got a lift to the airport with Lorrie and Chris early whilst Mum and I stayed behind with just the food bags to bring.
We had time to kill before the airport bus so the lovely driver dropped us in town to enjoy a coffee in the morning sunshine and watch passing dog walkers.We arrived at the airport about 10 am to be greeted by the Shines who were finishing tightening Staggerwing fairings and then were having a day in Echuca.
Grand Champion Stearman at Echuca
I helped clean up the clubrooms a bit and had a coffee before we departed for the short flight to Lethbridge following the Taberner’s in their C195.
We flew at 2,500 feet over very pretty country with some small hills and steep gullies.Craig and Lara left us behind easily and we cruised on alone with a 10 knot headwind.
past Wind Farms to Lethbridge
We spotted Lethbridge in the distance and were instantly amazed at the layout of this all-over grass airpark.We heard and saw a Gazelle joining overhead at the same time but managed to join downwind and landed on rwy18 before him.It is such a pretty place.
Craig and Lara were unpacking their plane and towed it into a massive hangar which also held 10 other aircraft.The property owner met us and directed us to a safe parking area.
We were given a lift to Craig and Lara’s also by John an AAAA member.
What wonderful hospitality by other aviators – we couldn’t be in better company.