The story of The Elves began in 2006. We decided to ask for their help as .....
We had heard a whisper from Air Traffic Control that Father Christmas had sent in a flight plan to overfly Adelaide on his way to the South Pole at 1500 hours on the Sunday before Christmas.
We put together a cunning plan to dispatch Martyn the Pilot in the big Waco biplane to fly formation with Father Christmas and his reindeer, with the hope of bringing him back to the Airfield for a brief visit!
We sent a text to The Elves and the CFS (The Country Fire Service) and the Adelaide Airport Air Traffic Control requesting their assistance.
Every year we have flown in the Waco and the tailwheel aeroplanes bringing back The Elves and the elusive man in the red suit, although last year due to the bushfires on Kangaroo Island, the Elves were not able to enlist the help of the CFS as they were all fighting the fires.
This year is different, so different and distant that we wanted to send a special gift to everyone .....
In the gift we placed wishes for LOVE, HUGS, HAPPINESS, LAUGHTER, A BUCKET FULL OF SMILES, SOME GIGGLES, ENTHUSIASM, DETERMINATION, RELAXATION, TOLERANCE, PATIENCE, MOMENTS OF CALM, DR SEAN WANTS TO SEND MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ FOR EVERYONE TOO!
The gift was flown away, I hope it finds the way to your door, with all my love Gaylene x ... See MoreSee Less
Hope you are all keeping well, Gaylene. Merry Christmas !
Memories of David favourite place here Norma
Merry Christmas to all at ABP! Nice job Santa! ❤️🧑🏻🎄
Love it! Wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas.
Haha this is cute!!
❤❤ it !!
Simply awesome, well done Gaylene. Wishing you Martyn and your very special ADELAIDE Biplanes team a very Merry Christmas 🎄💖🎉🍷
Lovely, Merry Xmas to Gaylene, Martyn and your lovely family and all the staff. Lots of love, Richard and Darinka xx
That was great. Wishing you all a very special and safe Xmas with much love 💕 Ross and Laura
❤ Wow! Just wow! ❤
This is FANTASTIC! Thank you for asking us to be involved. We love having your mischievous elves on our truck 🙂
merry christmas to our Adelaide Biplanes family !
This was so much fun to make - Gaylene you have the best ideas !!
Very well done in this very difficult time, all the best and a safe Christmas & New Years to you all.
You guys are great all the effort you do to arrange Santa and the elves coming to visit
A big thank you 😊
Merry Christmas to Martyn and Gaylene and Bonnie and all who works at Adelaide biplanes. Hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a very good new year.
Here in England its not good what with the virus and the EU, But im okay.
Kind regards Les.💝🎄🎅🍷👍
Merry Christmas ADELAIDE BIPLANES family.
This is great! I am glad you still had some fun after the year we have had! I have very fond memories of 2006 and onwards 😊🎄 Christmas time at ABP was always a special time, I am glad I got to be a part of it while I could. Much love to you all 💕
Well done! Absolutely love it! Thanks for keeping the little tradition alive, we needed it this year!
🎄🇬🇧 Happy Christmas to everyone at ABP ..... my ambition is to become an elf one day ...... FOMO ..... 😂☃️
Love it, well done everyone and Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to all at Adelaide biplanes from Fiji. Pete's dad.
Love you guys... have a Merry Christmas.
Awwww missed it... Hadn't heard about it this year... Last year was great. #merrychristmas
THE STORY OF THE WACO VH-ONY
August 2004 ..... As a family we had decided that we were returning to Australia to live. Bonnie was already studying at UniSA and Matt was at The Science and Maths College in Adelaide. and we were still back in Sussex finalising our house move. Martyn was flying as Chief Training Captain for a charter airline in the UK.
We had not fully decided what we were going to do, but it did keep coming back to aviation of course! A brochure from Waco arrived and when it was opened out wide I saw the most gorgeous looking biplane I have ever seen and I said .... That's what we have to do! Don't be ridiculous he said! I knew .... that if a woman could love the look and sound of a Waco ...... well!!
Martyn completely dismissed the idea, not possible, we couldn't do it, what was I thinking ....
.... Martyn went off to work, a trip to Faro, Portugal in the 757 on 2nd September and I began to search online for a Waco. Maybe we could go and see one up close .... I found a Waco in the UK and she was based at Coventry .... "We could visit her, just to see" I said, when he came home ...... So, a few days later we flew with some friends, Mike and Liz in their Cessna 172 to put this idea out of my head!
I remember walking into the hangar, the floor was quite red and immaculate! That big creamy Waco, a 1970's model sat with her big cowl up in the air, all red leather seats ... she was GORGEOUS! I couldn't believe how stunning she looked .... I loved her!
We came back and searched for a Waco for sale worldwide! Then in October, there was a white one, with burgundy striping reluctantly for sale in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Martyn flew briefly to the States and flew her, that was it, she was coming to Australia with us!
Her former owner, an American Airlines MD80 Captain and his Engineers, lovingly disassembled her and packed her carefully into a 40 foot shipping container for her long voyage to Port Adelaide, South Australia.
January 2005 .... From outside the port we watched the container ship sailing into dock at Port Adelaide knowing that she was in one on board. We now knew too that all our worldly goods were in another 40 foot container that had been put on in the London Docks, where it set sail to the States and they just happened to travel together!
Days later, we walked with the truck carrying the container into Parafield Airport where she was going to be offloaded in the hangar of White's Engineering. Quarantine met us there to break the seals and watch the unloading. There at the front of the container was a message to us from the Engineers in the States ...... It was the first time that Bonnie, Matt and I had met her as we carefully inched her forwards out of the container .... WOW!!
We reassembled her there over a period of months and she was issued with a Certificate of Airworthiness by March 2005. As a family we had brought her to be ....
I first flew in her on 2nd March 2005 .... MAGIC!! I knew she would be!
Behind me in the Flight Office is an Apothecary Cupboard that holds all manner of things. Look up to the top left of the cupboard, (always called the Poth Cupboard) and you can see a now faded Waco classic brochure ........
Well, we still love her ....... ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful story Gaylene and a yes, a gorgeous plane 💖
We are blessed that you brought her and yourselves to Aldinga. Thank you.
Great story just amazing, just like our flight - beautiful memories thankyou
I grew up in Southbourne on the Sussex Hampshire boarder and always looked to the sky with the amount of aircraft buzzing around. How I miss the sound of the Spitfire dancing through the clouds. Really enjoy watching people taking the controls out of Aldinga and dream one day it might be me.
Wonderful story and lovely photos.
I'm lucky to have been up in the Waco for my birthday and I love seeing her fly over my house doing scenic flights.
What a fabulous story and fabulous photos. We'll done and congratulations 👍
Thank you for sharing this story x
That's lovely - Makes me wish I could see her. x
She is the loveliest aeroplane, that I have ever seen.
Really loved my ride in her. Looking forward to another soon.
I’ve been up in Waco for my birthday. It was the most fabulous thing to do!
What a wonderful story. We moved to Port Willunga in 2006 and on our wedding anniversary that year we went up in Marilyn.. We call her Marilyn because as we went to climb in to go on our fantastic flight you said that she is the Marilyn Monroe of planes.. to this day we can tell just by the sound of her engines when she is going by and we look up and smile.. there's Marilyn! Well done and keep on flying!
Beautiful story, for a very special plane. She is so many things to so many people, to our family she is HONY. And HONY is how our aviation journey began- linking my family with yours. The Waco had such a presence she made an eight year old little girl fall in love and determinedly become a pilot due to that love affair- thank you for sharing those beautiful family moments and your spot on we all still do love her 💕
We love coming to Aldinga and one day we plan to have a fly in her. She is an amazing plane. Thankyou for coming to Australia and setting up a beautiful airfield. 💕
Tom Kenyon .... First Solo in the SportStar
"I am flying because I ALWAYS wanted to .... I loved planes, I wanted to join the Air Force and never did!
I went into Politics and now spend my time commercialising research and innovation, we take research and turn it into companies.
I travel a fair bit and would love to fly there.
Going solo? I was actually pretty calm about it, I flew as I always did, but I was in the plane by myself! I can't wait to do it again!!" ... See MoreSee Less
My sister used to go to school with Martyn in England - this time 2 years ago we were in Adelaide and Martyn took us up for a flight - it was amazing - a trip I will never forget - thank you Martyn ☺️
Congratulations Tom Kenton - see you over on KI soon???🛩
How much wealthy do we need to have to learn to fly your prototype
Congratulations Tom ! It’s only a little bit addictive!! 😉
You had a very good teacher. Good luck. I known Martyn from his microlight flying days back in the 80s in Sussex uk, he was so very keen to move on, he was unstoppable.
His friend Les.
Francis Ben .... First Solo in the SportStar
"This has been a childhood dream! I come from a family of aviators, 2 of my brothers are Pilots, Military and Commercial. I trained as a Civil Engineer and now lecture at The University of Adelaide and Tabor College.
I came to Adelaide 16 years ago as a PHD Scholar and it was at that time I joined The Adelaide Gliding Club, but work and life took over and I didn't fly again until I started flying at Adelaide Biplanes.
My First Solo? It was nerve wracking .... It felt like I was dreaming! Landing, my legs were so wobbly ... I still cannot believe it !!" ... See MoreSee Less
Kingsley Storer .... New Private Pilot Licence
"I studied anaesthesiology at Cornell in New York and then we came back to Australia in 2018 to be closer to family. I started learning to fly because I love being up in the sky and I also wanted to be able to fly to places that are hard to get to!
For now, I want to get comfortable flying on my own and then take family on scenic flights around the area" ... See MoreSee Less
Wow! Good job Kingsley 👍
Congratulations, missing the taekwondo catchups 😄
Well done 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Congratulations Kingsley!! Expect 2 c u fly into our airstrip soon then!!!!
Well Done Kingsley! 👍🏻
Check out.... Plan.... Land and Stay.
Amazing news 🥂🧑🏼✈️👨🏼⚕️✈️
As an anaesthetist, Kingsley would know all about take off & landing.
Congratulations well done
Well done!! Multi-talented👍
4 months ago
Stephen Howlett .... First Solo in the SportStar
"I used to fly gliders when I was 17/18 years old at the Harare Gliding Club, Zimbabwe. Then I didn't do anything until this year!
We migrated here to Adelaide in 2001, looking for a better future for my family.
I decided that as I was turning 50 this year, I was going to stop making excuses and pursue my passion!
Going solo .... I's a great feeling to have that level of trust from an Instructor .... It's awesome!
I'll aim towards my RPL and we'll see where to from there!" ... See MoreSee Less
Is it a glider ?