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Super fun aboard old Connie

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2012

A GREAT TIME: Silverlea’s Edward Sinclair, Tony Pearce and Kim Singleton thoroughly enjoyed the flight aboard the Connie yesterday. A GREAT TIME: Silverlea’s Edward Sinclair, Tony Pearce and Kim Singleton thoroughly enjoyed the flight aboard the Connie yesterday.

By Emily Roberts

A 60-year-old airliner, the last of its kind still flying, took off yesterday on two free trips over the city, courtesy of the delegates from Resources and Energy Symposium.

The first joy flight was for the children from Silverlea and their parents and the second took up a party of Year 10 students.

Professor Ian Plimer said City Council had kindly waived the landing fee for the plane.

“The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society is a charity and it was very good of Council to waive the fee,” Prof. Plimer said.

“This is our way of giving something back.”

The conference delegates also took a trip on the Super Constellation, or “Connie” as she is known to the crew, over Menindee Lakes on Saturday, he said.

“We did a low level lap over Menindee Lakes. I have never seen so much water in the lakes.”

Silverlea volunteer Kim Singleton said it was the first time she had been in a plane but she didn’t find it scary at all.

“It was good - wonderful!” she said.

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