Lift off for Oban Airport open day

Boogies singers pose with Catalina Miss Pick Me Up at Oban Airport Day. All photographs: Kevin McGlynn

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Oban Airport Open Day hit great heights at the weekend with hundreds of people turning out to enjoy the event.

Covid grounded the open day during the pandemic but it was back on Saturday with all sorts of aircraft on show – as well as classic cars, courtesy of Oban and District Classic Vehicle Club, and antique fire engines.

There was fun for everyone.

The Telfer family get ready for lift off on a pleasure flight with Hebridean Air Services.
Excited youngsters waiting for a flight with Hebridean Air Services.
Archie Dudgeon in the seat of his Waco plane.
Musician Gary Innes checks out the Skyports drone with his dad Hughie.
By the middle of Oban Airport open day, the Catalina had 300 plus visitors.
Young Spotlight entertainers bring music to the airport open day.

A remote controlled drone that will be used in major trials to deliver school meals across Argyll’s coast was also on display – for starters, the first youngsters to get food dropped off by the drone will be youngsters at Lochnell Primary just a mile away from the airport.

The Catalina Society was there with the Miss Pick Up, the largest aircraft on show on the day and believed to be the last of her type still flying.

Other craft there included a red Waco that was offering flights in aid of the RNLI.

And there was a quick drop-in by a US military Knife 75 08-0050 CV-22B Osprey, visiting from Glasgow.

Hebridean Air Services also offered visitors a flight out over Oban to enjoy a view and there was a chance for others to sit in a pilot’s sea in the hangar thanks to members of the local air club who also put their craft on display.

And for those who wanted to experience what it would be like up in the air without having to leave the ground, there was a flight simulation ride.