It was a hive of aerial delights and activities at Tyabb Airport South East of Melbourne on Sunday the 11th March. The Peninsula Aero Club one again held a fantastic Airshow. Some amazing aircraft were on display including some real rarities as well.
The team at the Peninsula Aero Club at Tyabb Airport are a real community minded lot. They proudly support their local community service clubs with the proceeds of the air shows staged at the airport. . The 2018 Airshow saw the proceeds going to the charity, Riding for the Disabled (RDA). RDA Victoria is a not for profit organisation that enables individuals with a variety of disabilities, ages and backgrounds to develop independence, a sense of freedom and to reach their equestrian goals, through adaptive coaching techniques and equipment.
Mark and Dave are pleased to present you this over view of the days events. Thanks to the PAC for the invitation to cover the event.
The Airshow’s director Paul Bennet who got things fired up in his Wolf Pitts Pro.
Always putting on a great display was the Southern Knights display team. Flying the ubiquitous North American T-6 Harvard/Texan the four ship display shows the performance and grace of these classic trainer design.
The solo display was preformed by Scott Taberner in VH-XSA. Looking as smart as ever in its South African Air Force early livery.
Paul Bennett the Airshow’s director was the next to display, and it sure did blow people away literally!
The pages of history were turned back as the crowd watched the launch of three World War One fleet. Two Sopwith Pups and a Sopwith Snipe launched into the blue skies to show the flying characteristics of these fantastic aeroplanes. These well built replicas look amazing in the sky.
The white example is the RAAF Museum’s Sopwith Pup. Constructed by the Transavia company in Sydney in 1979. An Armstrong Siddley Genet Major radial engine is in place of the original rotary engine. It is finished in the colours of a training aircraft used by No 8 Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps during World War One.
The second example of the Sopwith Pup was constructed alongside the RAAF Museum’s example at Transavia. It is owned by David Marshall from Riddles Creek.
The progression from World War One to the 1930s designs from the famous De Havilland factory saw the populous Tigermoth design launch with a three ship display.
The man making Airshows in Australia popular again by putting on spirited displays is Paul Bennet. His team of pilots and ground crew, show an aircraft performance and characteristics extreamlly well through their airmanship. Paul flew his Wolf Pits Pro. It has the highest performance for an aerobatic biplane in the world. Utilising the latest design concepts and light weight materials , it was designed and hand built by Steve Wolf from the United States. Powered by a 400hp Lycoming engine and a empty weight of 1200lbs (450kg) the Wolf Pitts is capable of a cruise speed of 185kts (340 km/hr) and a top speed of 224kts (414 km/hr). Flown in conjunction with Ben Lappin and Glenn Graham in the specially modified Pitts S1-S was Paul’s first aircraft. They have been modified, by installing Prescion Wings, a carbon fibre propeller and a ‘modified’ Lycoming IO-360 engine.
The Trainer display was again a big part of the show with three, CAC Winjeels, two NZAI CT-4s and for this years display the RAAF Museum’s latest flying exhibit the North American Harvard.
The Vietnam era was well represented with four aircraft from the era flown. First up was the two Cessna O-1 Birddogs owned by Rob Fox (from Flightpath magazine) and Matt Henderson, (though flown on in the display by Michael Dalton from Kyneton).
Eastern Block Trainers display
Four examples of training aircraft from the other side of the pond were put through their paces. Examples of the Tak-52TW, Yak-52 and two Nanchang CJ-6s put on a great formation display.
I make no apologies for the next lot of photos. I’m allowed to indulge in one of my favourite aircraft. Both examples were built up the road at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation facility at Fisherman’s Bend in Melbourne. Flying publicly for the first time was Peter Gill’s beautiful example, A68-199. Formerly registered VH-BOZ the aircraft has been restored to flight as VH-URZ. After RAAF service it was one of the two flown by the Illawarrra/Fawcett Aviation on drogue towing operations. In 1979 it was impounded by Customs after an attempt was made to export it along side the Australian War Memorials BF-109.
Not only a rare aircraft in general, Australia’s and the worlds only flying Lockheed Hudson was a welcome participant at the airshow. Presented by the Temora Aviation Museum, the aircraft made a glorious site and sound.
A special pairing flight launched in the late afternoon. Doug Hamilton in his P-40N VH-PFO and long time Australian Airshow display aircraft Spitfire Mk.VIII, VH-HET owned by Temora Aviation Museum.
The finale of the show was the Balbo. A flight of aircraft types flying together that hasn’t been seen before. The Avenger, Hudson, Spitfire, Mustang, Boomerang, Trojan and Kittyhawk all flew together and what a sight and sound it was.
Listen and turn the sound up in the video clip below, from Mark Pourzenic.
Static Display Aircraft.
The RAN provided a second helicopter for the show which was very popular. The Bell 429 is one of four of the type operated by 723 Squadron based at Nowra. N49-047 was the aircraft on display.
Another CAC Winjeel on the display line was VH-WMK, A85-423.
Another CAC product this one though is the last of its line. CA-36 Pazmany was the last fully built airframe built under the CAC name. An aircraft your author has a bit of experience with as I was part of the recovery team from The Australian National Aviation Museum who purchased the aircraft and returned it to flight status.
ASO wishes to again thank the great people at the PAC for the organisation and professionalism of a truly well run event. We look forward to the next one!