Fighter jets over Coolum this weekend

Jets Over Coolum organiser Dawie Britz with an F15 Eagle that will in action on the weekend.
Jets Over Coolum organiser Dawie Britz with an F15 Eagle that will in action on the weekend.

Dozens of fighter jets will be screaming above Coolum this weekend at speeds of up to 300kmh.

But instead of heading for shelter, thousands of model plane enthusiasts are expected to head for Coolum’s Quanda Road flying field for the annual Jets Over Coolum on Saturday and Sunday.

The event will feature up to 40 exact-scale models of fighter jets from all eras, including F-18 Hornets, F-15 Eagles and MiG-15s.

Pilots from all over Australia will take the jets through their paces, with trophies to be won in categories as diverse as best sports aeroplane, best scaled jet and best flight.

Event director Dawie Britz said the jets, powered by gas turbines running up to 125,000rpm, ranged in value from $10,000 to $25,000.

Mr Britz said the jets were just like the real thing, flying “exactly the same” and even running on the same jet A-1 fuel.

“They’ve got a retractable undercarriage like the real jet fighter, they’ve got brakes on the wheels– they’ve got everything like the real thing,” he said.

Last year’s event attracted about 7000 people and organisers hope that with school holidays in full swing, this year will be even bigger.

Flying starts on both days at 8.30am and goes through until 4pm. Food and drink will be available. Admission is free although there will be a gold coin collection.

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