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Buderim flyer Matthew Wood, 11, with his
Buderim flyer Matthew Wood, 11, with his "Sukhoi" model aircraft, which he flew at the Suncoast Model Flyers Air Show. Greg Miller

MORE than 3000 people gathered at Coolum on Sunday for the Suncoast Model Flyers Air Show, which had the huge crowd in awe.

Among the highlights was the appearance of four-time world champion Chris Callow, who showed everyone why he's regarded as the best.

Having only just returned from his honeymoon, Mr Callow made a special appearance at the event, showcasing a series of difficult aerial manoeuvres with his radio-controlled plane.

"We were very lucky to have Chris here today as he's just got back from his honeymoon a few days ago," event organiser Roy Salmon said.

"Chris has been long time associate of the club since 1990 when he was a junior and it's so great to see that he's turned into one hell of a racer."

Mr Salmon said he was delighted at the turnout, with these types of events proving increasingly popular.

"The day went very well with over 3000 people getting among the action," he said.

"It's been three years since we've held an event so for so many people to have attended makes all the effort worthwhile."

Mr Salmon said the precision and skill demonstrated by the flyers made for a great spectacle that people of all ages could enjoy.

"I think people really enjoy seeing these planes and choppers flown with such great skill," he said.


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