MAIDEN FLIGHT

The Wa­gin Woolorama Cock­ies will take to the skies for the first time this Sun­day, rais­ing money for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice along the way.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

The Wa­gin Woolorama Cock­ies will take to the skies for the first time this Sun­day, rais­ing money for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice along the way.

Wa­gin farm­ers Greg Ball and Michael Tay­lor are vet­er­ans of the Out­back Air Race, which will cover 3940km this year, from Archer­field in Queens­land to Broome in WA’s north.

How­ever, this year they have se­cured a lit­tle ex­tra cash for the RFDS, se­cur­ing nam­ing rights spon­sor­ship from Wa­gin Woolorama.

“We hope to raise at least $500,000 with the 37 planes and 91 peo­ple that are in­volved,” Mr Ball said.

“My­self and Mike are we’re more in it for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice, the fly­ing, the com­pe­ti­tion is the last thing we worry about.

“Some peo­ple keep their elapsed time down to within a sec­ond over fly­ing for three hours.

“Be­ing farm­ers, we’re look­ing at the coun­try side, fly­ing over sta­tion coun­try — see­ing yards, wind­mills, stock and home­steads. “The scenery does it for us.” For Mr Ball, the RFDS is close to home, with his son re­quir­ing med­i­cal treat­ment and trans­port on the day of his birth 35 years ago.

“It’s a big part of (coun­try) lives, the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice, it brings a bit of fo­cus to it for fundrais­ing” he said.

The pair will al­most have to dou- ble up their flight time, fly­ing across the coun­try to the start of the time-trial mea­sured race in Queens­land from Wa­gin, be­fore they even start the event.

“It’s a bit of a pain — it starts in Bris­bane — we have to fly the length of the race to get to the start,” Mr Ball said.

Each team will make seven stops for dur­ing the race, which runs from this Sun­day un­til Fri­day, Au­gust 31.

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Greg Ball with the Wa­gin Woolorama Cock­ies’ 1980 Cessna.

Pic­ture: Wa­gin Woolorama/Face­book

Greg Ball and Michael Tay­lor with the plane they will fly across the coun­try in the race.

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