Plane Spotting in New South Wales

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  • Albion Park (22 Nov 1998)
  • Albury Airport (25 Apr 1998)
  • Ardlethan (2 April 2000)
  • On the road between West Wyalong and Narrandera - an airstrip on the racetrack.  No aircraft seen.
  • Ballina Airport (24 Oct 1999)
  • Balranald Aerodrome (10 Feb 2001)
  • In south-west NSW, across the Vic/NSW border from Swan Hill.  The field is to the north of the town on the way to Mungo National Park.  Two runways, one windsock and a hangar.  One light aircraft seen.  There's two strips at Mungo National Park - one at the visitors' centre and the other at Mungo Lodge (which used to handle DC-3 tourist flights).  No aircraft seen.  And near Cavan, on the Wentworth to Pooncarie road, there is a strip and windsock - no aircraft seen.
  • Bankstown Airport (18-20 Nov 1998)
  • Bathurst Aerodrome (17 Nov 1998)
  • E-mail from Rob Weller (22 Oct, 2005): saw quite a few aircraft, including the Drover, but the most significant for me were the four jet fighters, 2 x Mig 15s and 2 x BAC Strikemasters.  Perhaps it is being a bit generous to call Strikemasters fighters. They can be chartered to experience dogfighting.  About $1500 per session per aircraft. Sounds like fun to me.  Probably about twenty aircraft at the airfield with a visiting regional airliner (ok, small airliner) and a corporate twin prop aircraft that is based locally.  A pleasant little terminal building that I was pleased to see with a coffee machine and some well kept toilets.

    There's a sign to a gliding club on the corner of Eleven Mile Drive and the road to Sofala, north of town.  Couldn't find the field.  There's also a strip and windsock at this corner beside the racecourse - but it didn't look like a gliding strip.


    E-mail from Kevin Boole (5 Sept, 2005)
    This link provides details and map of the Bathurst Soaring Club.  Quite a large and very active field  http://www.bathurstsoaring.org.au/
  • Brewarrina Airport  (5 Nov 2001)
  • About 100 km east of Bourke.  Sealed runway and terminal building (with Air Link Dubbo signs).  No aircraft seen.
  • Bourke Airport  (5 Nov 2001)
  • Just at the start of back-of-Bourke!  Way up the Mitchell Hwy.  Two runways, the Nancy Bird terminal (with Air Link Dubbo signs) and a hangar.  Home to Aussie Aerial Services.  Three crop-dusters and nine light aircraft seen.
  • Boxwood Park (31 March 2000)
  • Up the road from Bungowannah (ask for directions!) is the home of the Robert and Donald Bunn Collection - an amazing place and amazing people who restore (mainly) de Havilland aircraft and engines.  One hangar and lots of workshops.  Seven Tiger Moths, two Gypsy Moths, a Fox Moth and a Moth Minor were seen in various stages of restoration.  Thanks for a great day, Robert and Donald!
  • Broken Hill Airport (11 Feb 2001)
  • In far-west NSW - close to the middle of nowhere!  Sign-posted from the town centre.  Two runways, five hangars and a terminal building.  Kendell and Hazelton airlines have scheduled flights.  Saw five light aircraft, a Lockheed 12A (VH-HID), RFDS Beech 200's and Cessna 404's and a GAF Nomad (marked VH-MSF) on a pylon outside the RFDS base, which has a superb visitor centre.
  • Byrock  (5 Nov 2001)
  • Camden Airport (16 Nov 1998)
  • Camden Aviation Museum (22 Nov 1998)
  • Casino Aerodrome (24 Oct 1999)
  • Cessnock Aerodrome (21 Nov 1998)
  • Cobar Airport  (4 Nov 2001)
  • Coleambally (2 April 2000)
  • Collarenebri Aerodrome (5 Nov 2001)
  • Condobolin (8 Nov 2001)
  • Coonabarabran Airport (6 Nov 2001)
  • Cootamundra Airport (18 Feb 2002)
  • Cowra Airport (17 Feb 2002)
  • Corowa Airfield (14 Nov 1998)
  • Cudal Airport (7 Nov 2001)
  • Deniliquin Airport (3 Nov 2001)
  • Dubbo City Airport (7 Nov 2001)
  • Finley Airfield (8 Nov 1998)
  • Forbes Airport (8 Nov 2001)
  • Gilgandra (7 Nov 2001)
  • Goolgowi (4 Nov 2001)
  • Goulburn (16 Nov 1998)
  • Regn Make Model c/n Comments
    VH-ACL Grumman G-164A Super Ag-Cat 647 marked Schweitzer AgCat
    VH-AOE Evans EP1 Volksplane N52 -
    VH-BBH Fletcher FU24A A4 135 -
    VH-BSR de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T Mk10 DHB/F/192 marked WD374 Royal Navy 903
    VH-BVU Stampe SV4B 163 marked Nell
    VH-BVX de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth BN1783 -
    VH-BVZ de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth - -
    VH-NDZ Cessna 140 12450 -
    VH-ROE Stinson 108 Voyager 1 108-1203 marked NC8203K
    VH-TIG de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth A17-624 -
    VH-ZMM Miles M38 Messenger IIA MAB232379 marked RG33

  • Griffith Airport  (4 Nov 2001)
  • Gunnedah  (4 Feb 2002)
  • Hartley  (17 Nov 1998)
  • Hay Airport (3 Nov 2001)
  • Henty Airstrip (31 March 2000)
  • Hermidale  (4 Nov 2001)
  • Hillston  (4 Nov 2001)
  • Holbrook Airpark (31 March 2000)
  • Howlong  (14 Nov 1998)
  • Hoxton Park (17 Nov 1998)
  • Regn Make Model c/n Comments
    VH-ADA Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon 476-79 -
    VH-BMC Optica OA7 Scoutmaster 200 018 Brooklands Aerospace Group
    VH-BPL Douglas DC-3CS1C3G 12873 -
    VH-EQG AESL Airtourer 150 A538 -
    VH-MOA Victa Airtourer 100 3 -
    VH-MOI AESL Airtourer 115 A1 515 -
    VH-SYS de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver 1 763 -
    9M-ASB Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 3 590 in bits in enclosure


  • Jaspers Brush (22 Nov 1998)
  • Jerrys Plains (16 Feb 2002)
  • Jerilderie Airfield (26 Apr 1998)
  • Jervis Bay (22 Nov 1998)
  • Junee (18 Feb 2002)
  • Katoomba Airfield (17 Nov 1998)
  • Leeton Airfield (2 April 2000)
  • Lismore Airfield (24 Oct 1999)
  • Luskyntyre Airfield (16 Feb 2002)
  • Maitland Airfield (21 Nov 1998)
  • Mascot Airport (20-21 Nov 1998)
  • Merimbula Airport (23 Nov 1998)
  • Minnamurra  (5 Nov 2001)
  • Mittagong Airfield (15 Nov 1998)
  • Moree Airport (6 Nov 2001)
  • Moruya Airport (23 Nov 1998)
  • Mount Hope  (4 Nov 2001)
  • Mudgee Airport (16 Feb 2002)
  • Murwillumbah Airfield (24 Oct 1999)
  • Narrabri Airport (6 Nov 2001)
  • Narrandera Airport (26 Apr 1998)
  • Narromine Airport (7 Nov 2001)
  • Newcastle Airport (8 June 1998)
  • Nowra (22 Nov 1998)
  • Nurruwyn  (6 Nov 2001)
  • Nyngan Airport  (5 Nov 2001)
  • Orange Airport (17 Feb 2002)
  • Parkes Airport (8 Nov 2001)
  • Picton (22 Nov 1998)
  • Port Macquarie (15 Feb 2002)
  • Powerhouse Museum (19 Nov 1998)
  • Richmond RAAF Base (17 Nov 1998)
  • Rose Bay, Sydney (19 Feb 2000)
  • Scone Airport (16 Feb 2002)
  • Singleton Airport (16 Feb 2002)
  • Tamworth Airport (14 Feb 2002)
  • Taree Airport (15 Feb 2002)
  • Temora Aerodrome (1 April 2000)
  • The Oaks (16 Nov 1998)
  • Tocumwal Aerodrome (26 Apr 1998)
  • Tooraweenah  (7 Nov 2001)
  • Trangie Airfield (7 Nov 2001)
  • Trundle (8 Nov 2001)
  • Tyagarah Airfield (24 Oct 1999)
  • Ulan (16 Feb 2002)
  • Wagga Wagga Airport (25 Apr 1998)
  • Walcha (15 Feb 2002)
  • Walgett Airport (5 Nov 2001)
  • Warkworth (16 Feb 2002)
  • Warnervale Aerodrome (21 Nov 1998)
  • Wedderburn (17 Nov 1998)
  • Wee Waa  (6 Nov 2001)
  • About 50 clicks west of Narrabri.  South-west of town about five km.  Single unsealed runway, terminal building and one large hangar.  Three crop-dusters and two light aircraft seen.  And watch out for the Australia Telescope if you travel to Narrabri via the back road.
  • Wentworth (11 Feb 2001)
  • In south-west NSW - across the border from Mildura in Victoria.  Sign-posted from the town centre.  Nine hangars, one windsock.  Home to Sunraysia Sport Aero Club.  Seven ultralights seen.
  • West Wyalong Airport (1 April 2000)
  • About 60 clicks north of Temora.  An ex-RAAF/RAN DC-3 (A65-23, with RAAF and ARDU markings on the tail) is mounted in a park on the corner of the main street and the Narrandera turn-off.  The airfield is further down the Narrandera road on the left and is signposted.  Two hangars and a terminal building.  Country Connection have scheduled flights.  Three light aircraft seen.  Was there again on 9 Nov, 2001.  Little had changed.  One light aircraft seen.
  • Young Airport (17 Feb, 2002)
  • Between Wagga Wagga and Bathurst, about 10 km out of town on the Grenfell Rd.  Sealed runway and two hangars.  Home to Young Aero Club and Young Flying Group.  No aircraft seen on the ground.  A Navair Ce 152 was doing circuits.

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    Kieran Maher
    Last Updated: 20 Oct 2005