Tom McDonald Centenary Air Race.
18-19 September 1976.

The Tom McDonald 10000 Centenary Air Race was held over Sat Sun 18-19 September 1976 as part of the Cairns Centenary Celebrations.  75 aircraft completed the Race from Cairns to Cooktown, Weipa and Horn Island on the Saturday and Horn Island to Coen then to overfly Mareeba (the end of the Race) on Sunday before continuing back to Cairns.  First prize was $4000, 2nd prize $1500 and 3rd prize $500.

Bush Pilots Airways contribution was to supply DC3 VH-PNM as the “grand old lady” of its fleet and invited ten veteran pilots and hostesses to be their guests to follow the air race.