The Old Aeroplane Company

The July Club run to “The Old Aeroplane Company” and associated museum at Tyabb Airfield was a great success.

The weather was fairly kind to us as the rain stayed away until later in the day. We all met up at in Frankston for the trip down the Peninsula, after a chat and a coffee we headed south to Tyabb.

The cavalcade of sixteen Classic’s looked great cruising down the highway and we managed to stay together despite plenty of red lights on the way.

On arrival at the airfield we were greeted by our tour guide Stan (the sprightly octogenarian). His knowledge and enthusiasm for the planes made for a very entertaining tour which started in the Old Aeroplane Company’s workshop then continued on to the museum which is housed in an original 1940’s hanger relocated from Fishermans Bend.

Most of the planes in the museum are airworthy and can be seen flying at the biennial Tyabb Air Show, a radial engine on display (Big Ted) is from a WW2 Constellation bomber and has eighteen cylinders each of which are 186 cubic inches in size – imagine eighteen Holden red motors in your EH all fired up at once! Thanks to Stan for a great tour.

We said goodbye to the planes and cruised down the road to the Hastings Marina for our lunch stop. Shane Perry was presented with his 10 year member plaque. Food, drink and fun was had, then with some rain on the way most of us departed for home. It was a great day out, thanks to all those who made the effort to come along and to Lois for coordinating the day’s proceedings.


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