Antique aircraft fly into Roma this month for RFDS 90th Anniversary Pilgrimage

​Working in conjunction with the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia, the event will stretch over two days with aeroplanes flying in on Thursday, 10 May and out on Friday, 11 May.  

Show your support for the important and vital work the RFDS does in our region by coming along to a FREE afternoon of events on Thursday, 10 May from 2pm at the Roma Airport. Check out the aircraft after they have landed as well as view antique cars that will be on show.

The fun doesn't stop there as visitors can return on Friday morning at 8.30am to see the skies fill with planes such as a 1947 Auster AOP MK 6, a Tri Pacer built post World War II or a 1954 Auster J5F!

Councillor Cameron O'Neil, Portfolio Chair for Facilities, Airports and Events said the celebration will be a superb chance to experience an event not often seen at regional airports.

"The event will not only be a fantastic demonstration of how far the RFDS aeromedical services have progressed but will also be a great chance for aeroplane enthusiasts to come together for a fun-filled event," Cr O'Neil said.

"Most importantly, it will be a chance for the community to say thank you to the RFDS for all they contribute to our rural communities here in the Maranoa."

"With many people affected by medical events and often needing care and transportation, I encourage the community to come together to support this event."

Lana Mitchell, RFDS Communications Director says people in country Australia see a doctor at half the rate of those in our cities -- see a dentist at one third the rate and a mental health specialist at one fifth the rate.

"The Royal Flying Doctor Service was formed out of need 90 years ago and is still needed today to reduce the disparity in health service access. This event is all about celebrating our 90 years with the wonderful individuals, families and communities that the Flying Doctor services, and we look forward to meeting with locals and hearing their stories."

Free event parking will be available on the day (please note, charges still apply for those parking their car when catching a domestic plane throughout the day). Traffic management will be in place.

For security reasons, visitors are asked to please leave their bags in their cars upon arrival. Please note, if you bring a bag into the airport/event, your bag will be checked.

For more information, please visit https://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/.

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