Another S(h)ipping Reporter Scoop
For many months now , the biplane seaplane known as the Red Baron has been missing from its mooring in Townsville without any comment from the local media . You can bet your bottom dollar that in the event that the city gets its proposed online challenge to the Townsville Bulletin situations like the missing plane will not go unnoticed .
Meanwhile , the plane is believed to be in Perth, Western Australia, where it is undergoing unscheduled maintenance , no indication when it will be seen again in Townsville where its scenic flights attract much attention and inspires local artists , evidenced by the display below on nearby Magnetic Island .
The Red Baron has been flying out of Townsville for 10 years ; last year it was taken over by Catalina Adventures , Western Australia . The Red Baron Seaplanes website carries the intriguing information that in the absence of the plane in Townsville, it is rumoured that the British fighter ace "Snoopy" intends to barn storm the city and Magnetic Island .
The website includes the above hangar workshop view . Could it be Snoopy in the making ?