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Weather fails to ruin rally

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November 03, 2017

Thunder, lightning, rain, strong winds and thick cloud cover was not enough to dampen the spirits of all who attended the 40th Annual Auster Aircraft Rally at Benalla Airport during the weekend.

Thunder, lightning, rain, strong winds and thick cloud cover was not enough to dampen the spirits of all who attended the 40th Annual Auster Aircraft Rally at Benalla Airport during the weekend.

The event, which is held at a different airfield each year, attracted 20 vintage aircraft from across the country and was attended by locals who dared to brave the weather.

Louise O’Grady, who helped organise the event, said the rain did affect the amount of people who attended as they expected 40 aircraft.

‘‘We would have had about 20 aircraft there, some arrived on Friday, and some arrived just for the day on Saturday,’’ Ms O’Grady said.

‘‘Most planes had to leave pretty early on Sunday due to the weather forecast. One remained as he couldn’t even take off because of the weather, but he’ll head back next week.’’

Ms O’Grady said the highlight of the event was the formal dinner on Friday evening.

‘‘It gave everybody a chance to catch up and tell some stories,’’ she said.

‘‘We didn’t get as many spectators as we’d like on Saturday and Sunday due to the bad weather, but we did have some people attend, and they had a great time.

The event was held at the Gliding Club of Victoria clubrooms on Friday and Saturday before moving over to the Aviation Museum on sunday.

That gave aircraft enthusiasts a chance to see the range of exhibits on display at the museum, even though most Auster Rally planes had left by that stage.

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