An Aussie's travels to air shows, aviation museums and more around the world
2016 Tyabb Airshow – Winged Warriors
This yearsTyabb Airshow at the Peninsula Aero Club on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria was my first show at Tyabb for many years. I always enjoy going down there as it is a key warbird hub in Australia and that tradition continues. This show has always had a particularly heavy focus on warbirds and this was one not to miss (even though the cloud cover wasn’t my best friend in regards to getting photos). Aircraft on display spanned the generations from World War One, 1920’s-1930’s, World War Two and beyond including past and present aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
Seeing a formation of 2 Supermarine Spitfires (Mk.VIII and Mk.XVI from the Temora Aviation Museum), the only flying Curtiss P-40F Kittyhawk (Rolls Royce Merlin engined variant restored and operated by Judy Pay’s Old Aeroplane Company at Tyabb), a CAC CA-18 Mustang (Australian built variant of the P-51D also operated by the Old Aeroplane Company) and an immaculate Vought F4U-5NL Corsair flying in Honduran Air Force colours (after a 15 year restoration this former US Navy and Honduran Air Force fighter now owned by Graham Hosking at Tyabb, was recently returned to flying condition and this show was its first official airshow performance) was quite the highlight but this was one of many great sights from the day including many historic and aerobatic aircraft.
A flyby of a current RAAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport, that flew down from RAAF Amberly in Queensland then back again was a literally a huge crowd pleaser. The mass formation aircraft passes to end the show were an impressive way to end the day.
Despite some changes to the order of flying due to cloud cover and some technical issues the performance schedule was continuous and kept the crowd entertained. The announcers also mentioned it was the biggest crowd the airshow had ever attracted. Well done Peninsula Aero Club!