Every two years the Peninsula Aero Club stages a fantastic air show. It serves two purposes. Firstly it’s a spectacular public event that enjoys a huge following. The other purpose is to raise money for local worthwhile service organisations.
This year the Club is donating to Headspace, the government initiative to provide counselling services to distressed young people and their families. The idea is to make it easy as possible to get help. The Air Show will also benefit the Tyabb C.F.A.,the Mt Eliza Lions Club plus the Tyabb Cricket and Football Clubs.
The theme of this year’s show is Winged Warriors. If that suggests former military types, then you are correct. From the days of the First WW the organisers will present two very exact replicas. One will be the R.A.A.F’s Sopwith Pup and the other a Sopwith Snipe. The Snipe is a work of art. It took the builder, former airline captain Nick Caudwell 9 years to build. He used official plans from the U.K.! A lot of international interest was shown in his project. It’s magnificent.
From the Second WW there will be many more. The most anticipated aircraft will be the Chance Vought F4U Corsair. It is the unforgettable gull-wing attack plane that used to fly off the decks of aircraft carriers. Built around the most powerful aero engine in the U.S. at the time, the Corsair is powered by the 46 litre Pratt & Whitney R-2800 double row Wasp radial engine. This one’s rated at 2,000hp.
Tyabb’s Old Aeroplane Company will also be present with a good many of its amazing aircraft. Expect to see the Australian built CAC Mustang. It’s a true thoroughbred and will amaze even as it dates from the War years. The Mustang looks every bit the game changer. Powered by the U.S. manufactured Packard Merlin engine, the Mustang combined long range with speed and firepower, a formidable combination.
Another show stopping aircraft from the Old Aeroplane Company will be its Curtiss P-40F Kittyhawk. It served with the U.S. Army Air Corp in the Pacific and was recovered from Vanuatu over 25 years ago. Then the work began. It took a 20 year restoration to finally get this aircraft back to flying condition. There are around 38 Kittyhawks flying the world today and this one is the only one of its kind flying. Power comes from a Packard Merlin V12 engine rated at 1,300hp.
Be prepared for some jets too. Whilst not landing at Tyabb, the air show will feature performances by the Italian Sia Marchetti S-211 and the Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatross jet trainers. They promise some spectacular flying.
Finally, the Tyabb Air Show organisersare grateful for the support received by its sponsors. Air BP provides fuel and EastLink embraced the Club with a very generous offer. Support has also arrived from the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Peninsula Aero Club, Mornington Peninsula Magazine and Cleanaway.