75th Anniversary - Old Bar Airstrip, NSW
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
S 31° 58.198 E 152° 35.490
56J E 461402 N 6462820
Quick Description: This plaque commemorates the function of this little airstrip to the area. It is near the Old Bar Skate Park.
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 12/19/2016 11:54:35 PM
Waymark Code: WMTNWQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Rigger64
Views: 1

Long Description:
The plaque reads:
75th Anniversary - Old Bar Heritage Listed Airstrip
"This sculpture, unveiled by pioneer aviatrix Nancy Bird-Walton AO, OBE and Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile on Saturday 30th September 2006, commemorates the local Volunteer Defence Corps operations during World War II.
"Old Bar airstrip was gazetted in 1931, was safe landing for all land aircraft, being an important refueling stop and passenger pick-up.
"The airstrip was designated for emergency landing during World War II, during which time a Wackett Gannet aircraft and personnel were based here.
"On occasion, The Volunteer Defence Corps laid a beacon path along the beach to help guide aircraft being ferried north to participate in the Pacific war campaign.
"Numerous Australia aviation pioneers have used Old Bar airstrip, which remains operational today, and is maintained by community volunteers."
Age/Event Date: 1931 - 2006

Type of Historic Marker: If other (please specify)

Type of Historic Marker if other: Plaque, with accompanying 'sculpture'

Historic Resources.:
There is also another plaque at the south eastern end of the airstrip.

Related Website: Not listed

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