Nearly 90 years since this field became the starting point of the first commercial flying operation in Australia, the commemorative 2011 Langley Park Fly-in was held, with a line-up of light sport and classic aircraft participating. The air service was commenced late in 1921 when ex-WW1 fighter pilot and aviation pioneer Norman Brearley initiated a service from Geraldton to Derby, West Australia. Brearley left with much fanfare from Langley Park. One of his recruits was the famous pioneering long-distance flyer Charles Kingsford-Smith.
Langley Park is unique world-wide as a grass field suitable - when pre-arranged - for the use of light and some medium aircraft near the heart of a city.
Great stuff, bet the pilots had a ball too.
A great day out, but hot and humid. Not used to summer conditions yet. Some truly terrific aircraft and flying.
Jock, I heard they want to "develop/beautify" Langley Park. Any news on that? Can't keep their hands off anything.....$$$
I was discussing that very thing with one of the chopper ground crew. He said there was a chance the park might be heritage listed. It could be its only saviour. To certain political types, there is no god but Dollar. That park might hardly be used as a landing ground but what an asset if ever needed.
Wonderful image jockwa...liked, best wishes from Macedonia, Ahmet Bekir
Thank you Ahmet. All the best from West Australia.
Oh yes, this would be the right plane to explore the country. Looks great.
They look like fun machines Hans. Sadly I can't afford one. Love them though. Regards, Jock.
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Photo taken in Langley Park, East Perth WA 6004, Australia
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