Welcome to Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is without doubt the premier recreational airfield in South East Queensland, located 5nm from the small country township of Toogoolawah, an easy 1-hour drive from the state’s capital Brisbane. The airfield features three well-formed grass runways which are suited to virtually all types of aircraft used for sport and recreational flying. The local area makes for extremely safe operations with large open paddocks surrounding the airfield. Weather conditions permit year-round flying with a prevailing wind from the S.E., usually at less than 15 knots. The airfield is located outside Brisbane and Amberley controlled airspace, with a lower limit of 7,500′, eminently suited to aerobatic and glider operations.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield’s runways, taxiways and drainage systems were originally built during World War II as part of the nation’s defence program. In the early 1980’s a small dedicated group “re-discovered” Watts Bridge and set about reclaiming the airfield, envisioning an airpark style development providing a wide range of general facilities, services and amenities. The airfield now encourages appropriate private and commercial investment, always in keeping with the concept of an open and affordable recreational aviation centre.
The airfield is the home base for several active aviation clubs, including the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Aerobatic Club, the Brisbane Valley Sport Aviation Club and the Queensland Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft Association. The combined membership of these clubs covers the entire aviation spectrum including recreational, aerobatic and commercial pilots, flight instructors, aircraft maintenance personnel, amateur and experimental aircraft builders and a wide range of general aviation enthusiasts.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is wholly owned, operated and maintained by our members, all of whom are absolutely passionate about aeroplanes and flying. We actively encourage anyone with an abiding interest in aviation to come visit the airfield to experience first-hand what we all enjoy so much. Membership is open to everyone and who knows?? After sampling first-hand what we have to offer, you too may decide to become a member, build a hangar or even join a homebase group.
Welcome to Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield:
An airpark dedicated to all sport and recreational aviation!!
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is strongly committed to a "Fly Neighbourly" policy ensuring good working relationships with other land owners in the district.
Pilots are requested to download the Fly Neighbourly Chart to be aware of and avoid where operationally possible, noise and over-fly sensitive locations adjacent to the airfield.
Komrades, Natasha’s and Purveyors of All Things Aviation ….
This year the Red Thunder Tactical Formation (TFC) will run from the 17th to the 23rd of May 2021. Accordingly, Red Radials (Northern Chapter) Ltd, in association with the Queensland Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft Association (QWVAA) are pleased to announce that Aircrew Registration for the 2021 Red Thunder TFC is now open!
The Red Thunder TFC brings together the experience of former and current Military pilots offering Warbird owners a snapshot of combat type operations. Our flying activities are well supervised, facilitating a safe environment for continuation training of both ab-initio and proficient pilots in the areas of ;
- Close Formation,
- Tactical Formation,
- Max Performance Handling, and
- Combat Manoeuvring.
Based out of the Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield in SE Queensland, the Red Thunder TFC conducts not-for-profit clinics across the east coast of Australia. Training workshops are well documented and demanding. You will work hard and play hard, with activities aimed at achieving competency for Red Thunders final day exercise ‘Exercise POEHALI’.
With arrivals planned into Watts on Monday the 17th, flying and a host of evening activities will kick off on Tuesday morning at 8am. Planning for the week is currently underway and we expect to publish flying and social event details in the coming days. Our week is expected to culminate with Exercise Poehali and the Red Squadron Dining In on Saturday the 22nd of May 2021. Tickets for the Dining In are now available via the member’s shop.
For Aircrew Registration, simply log in to the Tactical Formation Clinic website and complete the Aircrew Registration Form available on the Welcome page. If you are new to Red Thunder you will need to complete a Red Thunder Member Registration first.
Please visit the website at www.redthundertfc.com.au for details as they emerge. From the web, you will be able to organise accommodation, make purchases from the Red Thunder Shop to various events, and most importantly; register as social and/or aircrew participants.
Looking forward to seeing you there!!
Recent News Articles
The Activities menu provides easy access to many more Stories and News Articles as well as the Airfield’s Events Calendar.
Red Thunder TFC turns it on at the 2021 Planes, Trains and Automobile Event – Ipswich.
ANZAC Day 2021 – Each year, on the 25th April, we pause to honour and remember all Australian service men and women.
The April 2021 Watts for Breakfast?? with over 65 aircraft attending and more than 125 breakfasts served. Best Ever!!
Website Archive 2003-2019
The previous Watts Bridge Website represents a rich historical snapshot of the more interesting day to day activities, fly-ins, events and major airshows which have occurred at the airfield. So as not to lose this valuable historical record, the old website has been preserved as an archive, presenting the articles as they originally appeared.
The archived material includes:
• 200+ News Articles and Stories,
• 270+ Homebase Group Newsletters,
• 25+ Fly-In and Major Event Summaries.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield requests that all members and visitors using the airfield's internal roads adhere to the signposted maximum Speed Limit of 20kph.
The Speed Limit maximizes safety for all motorists and pedestrians, significantly reduces damage to the airfield's roadways and minimises the generation of dust which has an adverse affect on aircraft, buildings and human health.