Tucked away inside a small north Queensland hangar are two planes that belong to a bygone era, flown by men with a deep appreciation of the past.
- Made in the 1940s, Mackay’s two Tiger Moths are still gracing the skies on a regular basis
- The local museum has farewelled one of its founding pilots, Greg Christensen, who’s moved south
- Mr Christensen said with many of the pilots ageing, he’s hopeful the next generation will keep the iconic planes in the air
With their bright retro colours and open cockpits, the World War II-era Tiger Moth biplanes almost look out of place in modern-day Mackay.
They have been kept in pristine condition by the sons of Fred Christiansen, who once used them to ready fighter pilots for combat.
Before and after the war, Mr Christensen worked in the sugar cane industry around Mackay, and he eventually settled in the “sugar city”.
He also passed on his love…