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Reply Mark Agnew
8:50 PM on August 2, 2017 
Just a few comments and corrections in relation to my photos which were added to the Historicphotos section of the Photo Gallery.
1 - The orange Long Wing Kookaburra was owned by the Maranoa Aero Club (Roma) and was purchased in about 1970. Flying was carried out at a strip located about 10km South East of town. Initially auto tow by Ford Ranchwagon (ex-ambulance) was used. This then changed to reverse auto tow and then winch.
2 - The Miles Soaring Club Long Wing Kookaburra was purchased just before Roma bought its glider in early 1970?. I remember going to Miles to check out the glider when they initially commenced their operations. The photo of the LW was taken at Roma in about 1972. It had been taken to do some joint flying with the Roma Glider. (I was actually part of the Maranoa Aero Club and not the Miles Soaring Club).
3 - The photo of the two Long Wing Kookaburras was taken at a joint flying day in Roma in about 1972.
4. The B&W photo of the Long Wing Kookaburra was taken at Roma in about 1971. I believe that this was the weekend that Gus Mauch flew SDASC red Auster out to Roma and assisted in getting the new gliding operations up and running.
5. The two photos of the Short Wing Kookaburra were taken near Beaudesert in approx December 1969. The first photo is the glider being prepared for winch launch. The second photo is the glider commencing its launch.
6. The BG12 photo was taken in Warwick in about 1990. I initially met it in a thermal over Warwick while flying in a Blanik with John Clayton. The BG12 had been flown to Warwick to steal the photos off the SDASC clubhouse wall as part of the "Come and Get It" trophy system which was popular at the time. SDASC walls began to look rather bare at that time as we were raided on a number of occasions by both Boonah and DDSC members.
Reply David Tulk
10:28 PM on November 21, 2015 
Hi, I signed up a couple of weeks ago but still awaiting approval. I have some information/comments on some of the gliders on your site that I would like to add plus a couple of photos to add after I have been approved, cheers
Reply vintageglidersqld
5:18 AM on January 4, 2014 
Great to get your post . Im always keen to get any info or photos from the past. Keen to hear more about Goondiwindi club as was flying there for last easter comp and will be held there this year.
I will mention to DAd and show him the pics you sent. Still hoping to fly the Kingy this year back at warwick. Would love to catch up for a chat one day or on the phone. I work away for weeks at a time at the moment so am occasionally slow to respond.
My number is 0412773668 0r 07 32971253 or lahina2@hotmail.com
cheers
laurie
Reply Robert Percy
1:18 AM on January 3, 2014 
Laurence
I remember you with dad from my Warwick days from 1968 till left in 1974 to fly at Kingaroy and then Jondaryan.
I note I flew with Gilbert in the T31(b) on Jul17th 1971.
I have a lot of great memories of dad and better still have quite a few photos from that time.
So, I will try and find the time to digitise and submit them.
Your photo of Warwick in the 60's is about 1965 - 7 as the Kooka was burnt in a trailering accident by Ted Steggel just before I started in 1968.
Aircraft I have flown from this era include
Kookaburra Mk2 Goondiwindi GC
Bocian SDSC
Skylark 2 Gold C distance SDSC
Slingsby T53(b) Beaudesert GC
M200 Eugene Blunt
Boomerang SDSC
Super Arrow SDSC
M100 DDSC
K7 DDSC
K13 KSC
Ka ^ Goondiwindi GC
Bergfalke 4
I have not flown for a few years due to health and weight problems, but still have a small shre in an Nimbus 2C at DDSC.
Great to see these gliders and even more so, the friends I flew with i those days.
Robert Percy
Reply Bill Gray
6:26 PM on September 17, 2010 
Gday Laurence,
Very cool website, now I know what you do on those lonely nights in work camps.
I will suggest this website to the guy I know in New York state. He'll real interested.
Cheers
Bill
Reply Rudi
5:41 AM on January 12, 2010 
.. phantastic web-site .... flying and owning some vintage glider I enjoy with you. All the best, Rudi vgc488
Reply vintageglidersqld
7:35 AM on July 25, 2009 
Hi All , After a long period offline have started to update site again. Hope you enjoy. New contact is 0447542882
Reply Bruce Stephenson
4:40 AM on February 12, 2009 
Came across your website after working on issue 113 of Aussie News for the VGC Rag. Really great to hear your news guys, and good to see your activities for all to see on the web. Its groups like this that do more than their share in helping to keep our old gliders in the air, well done, we look forward to hearing more from you all.

Regards from all our VGC members,

Bruce Stephenson (VGC Secretary)
Reply Ian Patching
12:01 AM on May 11, 2007 
Keep up the good work Laurie. I'm sitting waiting for the filler to dry on the Boomerang wing. GQY. See you soon.
Reply Neal Palmquist
9:06 PM on April 8, 2007 
very nice photos keep up the good work...Commercial glider pilot A&P IA Texas USA...email: w9ndp@arrl.net