More than 27,304 Queenslanders flocked to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (BWWA)Â to see 2014 IndyCar champ Will Power race a Cessna Mustang Citation jet down the newly-completed 2.87 kilometre runway.
The local Toowoomba boy specially flew back to Australia to celebrate the airportâ€™s community open day on Sunday, September 28th. Beaten once by the jet in theÂ morning, Will put the pedal to the metal in his second race to beat the jet at the post. â€œIâ€™ve never raced a jet before so it was very exciting,â€ says Will, Australiaâ€™s first ever IndyCar champion.
The free event was the last chance for the community to preview Australia’s newest airport before it goes operational later this year, with QantasLink services starting on 17thÂ November.
Wagnersâ€™ director and event organiser John Wagner said the response from the community was amazing, with the new terminal a particular highlight. â€œWeâ€™re really thankful to everyone who made the effort to visit us, and particularly to the 300 volunteers who helped make the event such a great success,â€ Mr Wagner said â€œIt was fantastic to see the airport so busy with almost 20 different aircraft on the ground, a sure sign of things to come.â€
Other highlights included aerial shows, helicopter joy flights, terminal and runway tours, performances by local bands and country singer Amber Lawrence and appearances by celebrity MCs Natalie Gruzlewski and Tim Horan.
More than 18,000 people attended the airportâ€™s â€˜under constructionâ€™ open day held in November last year. Located near Toowoomba Queensland, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is the first greenfield public airport built in Australia in 50 years and the nationâ€™s first privately funded public airport.
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