Air heritage returns to the Tyabb Airshow

Department of Defence

The Tyabb Airshow returned for the first time since 2020, skipping a year like many other events.

Traditionally biennial, the event was back and thousands flocked to the local airstrip south-east of Melbourne to witness air and ground displays by the CAC Mustang and CAC Winjeel from Air Force’s heritage 100 Squadron, a C-130J from 37 Squadron, as well as Army and Navy displays.

The heat was on during the weekend of the airshow with temperatures soaring in the high 30s – matching the heat in the sky from the twists and turns in aerobatic and flying displays from a solo Air Force Training Group PC-21 Roulette.

The crowds also flocked to speak to aviators at the 100 Squadron marquee.

100 Squadron logistics officer Flying Officer Ethan Jones was in charge of the team on the ground.

“I was inspired to join the Air Force by the historic aircraft we currently fly, and to be part of the team that maintains them and keeps them operational for events like this is extremely rewarding,” he said.

“There can be logistical challenges in supporting such an eclectic fleet of aircraft, but to hear a V12 roar overhead while I’m in my office on a random Tuesday really makes this job a dream come true.”

The Tyabb Airshow gave the greater community of Melbourne an opportunity to see aircraft ranging from the Tiger Moth to the latest Air Force trainer, the PC-21, showcasing the wide variety of aviation in Australia.

“When approached by members of the public at events such as Tyabb, we are humbled and inspired by some of the stories shared of loved ones who often worked on or with the aircraft we fly today,” Flying Officer Jones said.

The 100 Squadron Mustang fighter and Winjeel trainer – now based just across the bay from Tyabb at RAAF Base Point Cook – were manufactured locally at Fishermans Bend.

The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation built the CA-18 Mustang A68-170 in 1949. It is a locally produced version of the venerable P-51D Mustang. Winjeel A85-439 was built in 1956 and delivered to Air Force’s 1 Basic Flying Training School at Uranquinty.

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