Come fly with me

The Australian team and supporters with their planes, including Beau Murphy second, Leigh Hocken sixth, Tyler Mees Junior, fourth outright, and Chris Callow, four times world champion, at the FAI F3D World Championships at the Bundaberg Aeromodellers field.
The Australian team and supporters with their planes, including Beau Murphy second, Leigh Hocken sixth, Tyler Mees Junior, fourth outright, and Chris Callow, four times world champion, at the FAI F3D World Championships at the Bundaberg Aeromodellers field. Contributed BUNWOR

IT WAS all green and gold when the winners of the recent F3D RC Air Racing World Championships lined up on the podium.

Australian competitors in the championships– considered the Formula 1 of plane racing – swept all before them in the four-day competition hosted by the Bundaberg Aeromodellers Club.

The niche sport involves navigating small model aircraft weighing about 2.5kg and with a wing span of 1.8m around a 400m triangular course at speeds of up to 360kmh.

Australian Model Plane Racing Association (AMPA) president Chris Watt said it had been a campaign to remember for Australian plane racing enthusiasts.

“This would have to be one of the most successful campaigns by Australia in the history of the competition,” he said.

Australian father and son combination, Christopher and Kevin Callow were crowned world champions for an unprecedented fourth time after an impressive display of navigation and wind-control techniques.

Fellow Australians Beau and Barry Murphy finished second, only 9.74 points behind the Callows.

The pair enjoyed its first world championship title at Bundaberg in 2001.

In the World Teams Championship, Australia blew away an entry pool of 17 international teams to win by a margin of 136.9 points.

In the junior competition, Australian young-gun Tyler Mees and his father Warren claimed the honours.

Watt said the event had come as a significant economic advantage to the city of Bundaberg and hoped the event would be welcomed in the future.

The event attracted a field of 50 pilots and support crew and a further 150 volunteers, time-keepers and administration staff.

“We’re lucky to enjoy such a good relationship with the Bundaberg Aeromodellers Club and we hope the event is welcomed in the future,” he said.

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