The 2016 Tyabb, Australia Air Show – Les Neistat’s View


The biennial Tyabb Airshow took place this year and while always well attended, this year saw it exceed expectations with a crowd of approximately 15,000.  A clear highlight of the show was Graham Hosking’s Chance Vought F4U-5N (VH-III) Honduran Air Force Corsair’s display, closely followed by a four ship flypast of 4 Ryans. Paul Bennet Airshows brought its Grumman TBM-3 Avenger (VH-MML) and Sky Aces Aerobatic team Wolf Pitts Pro and Pitts Special S1S and the The Southern Knights, with their T6 Harvards gave their usual, polished display.


The World War 1 warbirds display was filled by the RAAF Museum’s Sopwith Pup-VH-PSP/D4170 and the privately owned Sopwith Snipe (VH-SNP/E8050), while at the other end of the technology scale were 2 ex military fast jet trainers, the Aero L39 (VH-WFY/0742) and the ex RSAF Siai Marchetti S-211 ( VH-DZJ/381). Another highlight of the show was Temora Museum’s Spitfire Mk VIII (VH-VET/A58-758) and Mk XVI (VH-XVI/TB863) displaying together for the first time outside of NSW.


Judy Pay from the Old Aeroplane Company brought its rare P-40F Kittyhawk (41-14112/VH-HWK), along with its CAC-CA-18 Mustang (A68-105/VH-JUC), resplendent in RAAF 3 Sqd markings. They were joined by a Harvard and a Temora based CAC Boomerang-(A46-63) , which both flew and participated in Tyabb’s excellent static display.


Another much loved participant was Rob Fox’s Bird Dog (VH-FXY), one of two such types to attend (the other being VH-FAC). A Wirraway (A20-722/VH-CAC) Vultee BT-13- (1151BT/VH-JKV) were displayed together and were a popular pairing. The ADF was represented with a fly past of an Amberley based C-17A Globmaster III (A41-206 ), and by a visiting RAN Fleet Air Arm Bell 429 (N49-047).


The finale of the show featured a mass formation flyby, but not before huge explosion of the massive wall of flame that took the huge crowd by surprise.

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