Flights and landings at Stanwell Park

More than 1000 people flocked to Stanwell Park Reserve for the annual Festival of Flight yesterday.

Paragliders and hang-gliders made the most of the fine weather, while colourful box kites were launched into the air to commemorate the father of flight, Lawrence Hargrave.

It was on this day in 1894 that historic aviator Mr Hargrave first achieved lift-off at Stanwell Park Beach, flying 5m into the air in his flying machine constructed of four box kites.

Stanwell Park Country Women's Association (CWA) president Carol Pugh said it was this achievement that paved the way for other aviation pioneers.

"It [the Festival of Flight] celebrates the historical significance of Stanwell Park as the birthplace of flight, and Lawrence Hargrave as the father of flight," Ms Pugh said.

"It's a really lovely family-friendly day where people can enjoy historical displays and flight-related activities."

Those who attended the event, which ran from 10am to 4pm, were also able to enjoy a variety of entertainment, amusement rides and market stalls.

Children were entertained by the 'flightly professor' who was back this year with fun activities like paper aeroplane-making and competitions.

"There was a great turnout this year and it was such a beautiful day," Ms Pugh said. "Everyone really enjoyed themselves."

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