Models take to the air

19:30, Feb 06 2014
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Anthony Kindon and Jared Mulholland, from Christchurch, prepare Anthony’s turbine jet for a flight at Models over Mandeville.

Good weather drew a large crowd to Models over Mandeville this year.

The two-day event had 60 entries from across the country which included a number of jet planes that could travel speeds of around 400kmh.

Hosted by Gore Model Aero Club planes flew across the old Mandeville airfield for most of the weekend.

Gore club captain Jarrad Scott said they had received huge support from the public which was reflected in the turnout.

One of the models on show was Riversdale man Alex Taylor's Piper Pawnee model which was 42 per cent size of the real thing.

The Pawnee was used to tow gliders into the air, which was known as aero-towing, Mr Scott said.

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He said there had been no real carnage on the airfield over the two days and the organising committee was thrilled with how the event ran.

Models over Mandeville had been running for 15 years and last year had seen the biggest turnout with hundreds of people gathering to the show.

"It has gone really good . . . we had more people today [Sunday] due to the Gore show being on yesterday, but we are really happy," he said.

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