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Wollongong's airport, also called Illawarra
South of Wollongong on the Princes Hwy - maybe an hour south of
Two sealed runways and six hangars. Saw about a dozen light aircraft. It was reported in the
media during 2004 that the
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) was moving
their aircraft here from Bankstown and intending to build a display
NE of the town, off the Hume
a dozen hangars, one sealed runway. Kendell and Hazelton operate
Saw 15 aircraft - mainly light aircraft.
there again on 14 Nov 98 and saw about 35 aircraft. Was there
again on 24 April, 2000 - little had changed, and again on 18 Feb, 2002
when about a dozen light aircraft were seen, along with a Kendell Saab
340 and a QantasLink Dash-8.
the road between West Wyalong
- an airstrip on the racetrack. No aircraft seen.
(24 Oct 1999)
About an hour south of the Queensland border on the Pacific
north-east NSW. Its signposted well from the town centre. A
sealed runway, a terminal building (Sunstate and Kendell operate
flights) and eleven hangars. Home to Ballina Flying School, Angus
Aviation Maintenance and Hughes Engineering (home of Australian Light
Seven aircraft seen - nothing special.
(10 Feb 2001)
south-west NSW, across the Vic/NSW border from Swan
The field is to the north of the town on the way to Mungo National
Two runways, one windsock and a hangar. One light aircraft seen.
There's two strips at Mungo
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
- no aircraft seen.
(18-20 Nov 1998)
In a suburb of Sydney - easy enough to get to - a huge
to be the busiest in the southern hemisphere. Its supported by a website.
Over 400 aircraft seen, including many classic types. The Aviex98
and airshow was on while I was there. Its also home to the Australian
(used to be called the Bankstown Aviation Museum). Was there
again on 19 Feb, 2000. All seemed much the same except that the
museum hangar was nearing completion. Visited the museum in early
October, 2005. There's an amazing collection of historical
aircraft in and around the hangar, and probably the biggest collection
of DC-3s in the world. A list of aircraft can be found on the oz-spotters
About two hours west of Sydney on the east side of the
Six hangars, two runways and a terminal building. Hazelton run
flights. Home to Bathurst Aero Club. About a dozen light
aircraft seen. Was there again on 17 Feb, 2002. Little
seemed to have changed. Saw about a dozen aircraft, including
Drover (VH-ADN), Harvard (VH-XAN) as well as the 'pod' section
of a Transavia PL12.
from Rob Weller (22
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
small airliner) and a corporate twin prop aircraft that is based
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
and the road to Sofala, north of town. Couldn't find the
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/
100 km east of Bourke. Sealed runway and
building (with Air Link Dubbo signs). No aircraft seen.
at the start of back-of-Bourke! Way up the
Hwy. Two runways, the Nancy Bird terminal (with Air Link Dubbo
and a hangar. Home to Aussie Aerial Services. Three
and nine light aircraft seen.
(31 March 2000)
the road from Bungowannah (ask
directions!) is the home of the Robert and Donald Bunn Collection - an
amazing place and amazing people who restore (mainly) de Havilland
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!
Airport (11 Feb
far-west NSW - close to the middle of nowhere!
from the town centre. Two runways, five hangars and a terminal
Kendell and Hazelton airlines have scheduled flights.
Saw five light aircraft, a Lockheed 12A (VH-HID), RFDS Beech
and Cessna 404's and a GAF Nomad (marked VH-MSF) on a pylon
outside the RFDS
base, which has a superb visitor centre.
(5 Nov 2001)
Between Nyngan and Bourke on the Mitchell Hwy. Strip and
- plus part of a golf course!
(16 Nov 1998)
Southwest of Sydney in the outer, outer suburbs, close to the
Hwy. Its signposted well from the centre of town. The Bankstown
Airport website provides some details. Two runways and over
hangars - and a (? unused) control tower. Over 100 aircraft
noted, including many vintage and warbird types.
Museum (22 Nov
Info from Jason Armistead, 10 March 2000: I can
the Control Tower at Camden Airport is still in active service and is
most days of the week. At present there is the usual to and fro
AirServices Australia and CASA as to whether it needs to remain open or
not (they each have different criteria for determining the need for a
I suspect it will not be until after the Federal Government makes a
on the proposed second Sydney airport at Badgery's Creek - and that
be another 20+ years away !!!
Apparently, used to be located at Camden Airport
but was moved some time ago to 11 Stewart St, Narellan - which is not
far way. Fascinating place with about 25 vintage and warbird
aircraft, beautifully restored. Note: it was only open on
Casino Aerodrome (24 Oct 1999)
About 20 minutes west of Lismore in north-east
Its signposted well from the town centre. A single sealed runway,
a terminal building (Hazelton fly in) and two hangars. Home to
Casino Flying School and Rowley Aviation. The terminal has an
prop displayed. There is also a plaque commemorating the first
Air Mail in Australia (in which mail contractors accompanied mail!) on
June 1920. Three aircraft seen - only Airtourer (VH-JVY)
Cessnock Aerodrome (21 Nov 1998)
Quite close to Maitland and Newcastle,
north of Sydney. A single strip with three hangars on the far
of the field. Saw about ten light aircraft, as well as a Pilatus
Turbo Porter (VH-MKT) bringing
people up for jumps.
About six km SSW of town. Couldn't see any signposts in
but followed the road out past the hospital and its on the right.
Two runways, one hangar and a terminal building. Two light
Coleambally (2 April 2000)
About an hour north of Jerilderie. There was a
of strips in the region of the town. One is signposted just south
the road to Jerilderie. Has a windsock - no aircraft seen.
Another is on Argoon Road - further south of the town - one light
And a third is further south again and about five km down Hutchings Rd
- one hangar and two crop-dusters seen.
Collarenebri Aerodrome (5 Nov
West of Moree on the Gwydir Hwy. Two strips and a
Not much else.
Condobolin (8 Nov 2001)
About seventy km west of Parkes in central
NSW. Two runways and two hangars. Five light aircraft and an
Coonabarabran Airport (6 Nov
Between Moree and Dubbo on the Newell Hwy.
Its a good bit south of town on the highway, and is well
The driveway to the airfield is quite pretty and the view from the
itself is probably the most beautiful in Australia. Some of the
Springs observatory can be seen in the distance. One sealed and
unsealed runway, four hangars. Home to Coona Aero Club and
Scenic Flights. Six light aircraft seen.
Cootamundra Airport (18 Feb
Between Wagga Wagga and Bathurst.
Two runways, terminal building and five hangars (one ex-WW2?).
to Country Connection Airlines, South West Aviation, Cootamundra
Service, Masling Industries and Col Adams Aerial Services. About
a dozen aircraft seen, including PA-11 (VH-AGC), Grumman
(VH-OOS) and Dromader (VH-OOW).
Cowra Airport (17 Feb 2002)
Also between Wagga Wagga and Bathurst.
Two runways and three and a half hangars. Home to Cowra Aero Club
and Fred Fahey Aerial Services. Ten aircraft seen including two
(VH-HAO and VH-JHR), a PA-36 (VH-NAF) and a
(VH-FVF, marked 23).
Corowa Airfield (14 Nov 1998)
Across the Victoria/NSW border north of Wangaratta.
About 3 km out of town on the road to Finley. Two runways, an
old terminal building, five hangars. Home to Albury-Corowa
Gliding Club and the National Parachute Centre. Five light
aircraft seen, including a derelict Nomad (VH-WRT). Was there again on 31
March, 2000. Little had changed. The Nomad was still there.
In central NSW between Orange and
Parkes. A sealed runway, terminal building and three
hangars. Home to
Airlines. The airfield was closed on the day - possibly because
the recent Ansett collapse. A Saab 340 and two light aircraft
E-mail message from David F
Ryan (28 Sept 2005): The last amendment of Jeppessen Airways
Manual had Cudal airport and GPS approach pales removed. No
replacement issued. Last past Cudal the place was used to store
tractors and farm machines in 2004.
About 75 km north of the Victorian
at Echuca. Its
well from the town centre. Two runways, four ex-RAAF hangars and
building. Home to Wettenhall Air Services, Field Air, Deniliquin
Aero Club and Superspread. Saw nine crop-dusters, ten GA-types
classics (Cessna 180A VH-EYA, Albatross VH-MAH, and two
and VH-XRA). Was there again on 21 Appr
had changed. Four crop-dusters (three Dromaders and Weatherly
and an old Cessna 180C seen.
In central NSW. Its well
the centre of town, a bit out north-west. Two runways and eleven
Terminal building with QantasLink, Hazelton and Air Link Dubbo
Great sandwiches here, by the way! Home to Western Plains
Dubbo Flying School, Noel Howe Flying School, Dubbo Aero Club, Dubbo
and the RFDS. Two Dash-8s, a Saab 340 and over a dozen light
seen. The Dubbo
Museum is about 10 clicks south of
on the left of the Newell Hwy. Its got a Neptune (A89-279)
and a horribly-painted Vampire (A79-165).
Lots of other
military vehicles and nice, friendly people!
Just south of the town, on the Newell
Saw three crop-dusters and two light aircraft. Was there
again on 2 April, 2000 - little had changed, one crop-duster
seen, home to Riverina Airwork. There again on 9 Nov, 2001 -
little had changed, four crop-dusters
In central NSW to the south of Parkes on the Newell Hwy.
runway, terminal building and a dozen hangars (in three spots).
to Forbes Soaring and Aero Club. Three gliders, three light
ultralights, three crop-dusters and a helicopter seen. There's a
Vampie (marked A79-109) on a
pole in a park on the
as you exit the town going south on the Newell Hwy.
About 66 km north of Dubbo. Two unsealed
runways, two small buildings (one marked VH-HUT!) and two
Home to Gilgandra Aero Club. One light aircraft seen.
About 50 km NW of Griffith, and is on the
Mid Western Hwy between West Wyalong and Hay.
A single strip south of the town, on the western side of the
Windsock, white cones and little else.
On the Hume Hwy between Canberra and Sydney -
6 km south of the town. Two runways, nine hangars (with more
planned). Very friendly people. Thirty light aircraft seen,
including the following:
||G-164A Super Ag-Cat
||marked Schweitzer AgCat
||de Havilland Canada
||DHC-1 Chipmunk T Mk10
||marked WD374 Royal Navy 903
||DH-82A Tiger Moth
||DH-82A Tiger Moth
||108 Voyager 1
||DH-82A Tiger Moth
||M38 Messenger IIA
East of Hay, NW of Narrandera
and SW of West Wyalong. Its signposted
from the town centre - about five km out. Two runways, over
hangars (one ? ex-RAAF) and a hive of activity for crop-spraying
Has a small terminal with Hazelton signs. Home to Griffith Aero
Airwork, Aero Enterprise, Aerocare, Riverina Helicopters, Thomson
and Skycroppers. Seventeen crop-dusters, eight light aircraft,
(Tiger Moth VH-DHR) and one ultralight seen. There was a
Fairey Firefly on a pole in the town centre, outside the tourist
office, marked WB518.
Sealed runway, small terminal building, one hangar and a
Home to Gunnedah Aero Club and Ragwing Aviation. Six light
On the highway to Bathurst from
an old Cessna (marked VH-DMV) on the left side of the road used
About 200 km north of the Victorian border at Echuca.
A sealed and unsealed runway and five hangars. Home to Aerocare
Twynam. Two crop-dusters and three light aircraft seen.
Up the road from Holbrook Airpark. Used for
Henty Field Days. A Robinson R44 was seen.
Between Nyngan and Cobar
on the Barrier Hwy. Strip and windsock on the side of the road.
North of Goolowi and Griffith
on the wonderful Kidman Way. Just SW of town are two unsealed
a terminal building and an old hangar. No aircraft seen.
North of Albury along the Hume Hwy and take a left turn after
Two strips, nine hangars and home to Rans Aircraft and Holbrook Ultra
Club. Two ultralights seen.
Don't know if this is the right name for the place. Its
between Corowa and Albury,
about 8 clicks on the Albury side of Howlong on the left side of the
One hangar and five light aircraft seen.
Was there again on 31 March, 2000. Airfield is
Ten light aircraft seen - including a Tri-Pacer (VH-RRD) being
a Bird Dog (VH-UXX) used for power line inspections and a
(VH-PZA) in need of some TLC.
In an outer, outer suburb west of Sydney. A single
nine hangars. Details can be found via the Bankstown
Airport website. Saw about forty aircraft, including:
||OA7 Scoutmaster 200
||Brooklands Aerospace Group
||Airtourer 115 A1
||de Havilland Canada
||DHC-2 Beaver 1
||Twin Pioneer 3
||in bits in enclosure
Just north of Nowra on the road from Wollongong.
On the left, a single strip with SCMFC marked on the gate. Next
land with a sign Jaspers Brush Parachute Drop Zone. One
One helicopter seen.
Off the New England Hwy from Mailtand
towards Denman. A sealed strip on a stud on the main road.
No aircraft seen.
Just south of the town, off the Newell
One hangar. Saw three crop-dusters.
Was there again on on 2 April, 2000 - little had changed, two light
aircraft seen, home to Kent Aerial Services and Agflite; and again on 9
Nov, 2001 when two crop-dusters and one light aircraft seen.
East of Nowra is a beautiful area called Jervis
Bay. And smack bang in the middle of it is this reasonably sized
airfield with two long sealed runways. Its appears to be a RAN
- you could get a good view of it when the road from Nowra passes over
ground on the way there. Nothing seen, except for maybe an old
on the far edge of the field.
Between Wagga Wagga and Bathurst,
just south of town is a road named Aerodrome Lane. Nothing of an
aviation-nature seen. Maybe a remnant of WW2 activity????
In the Blue Mts west of Sydney. Pass through Katoomba,
right just over the railway bridge at Medlow Bath and follow the signs
down the dirt track. One strip and three hangars. Nothing
Leeton Airfield (2 April 2000)
About 5 clicks N of the town - signposted. Three hangars
a windsock. Home to Leeton Gliding Club. A crop-duster, a
and an ultralight seen.
Lismore Airfield (24 Oct 1999)
About 30 minutes west of Ballina, signposted
well from the town centre. A sealed runway, the Habie Habib
Lounge and 14 hangars. Hazelton fly in.
About 15 aircraft seen - nothing special.
Luskyntyre Airfield (16 Feb
An amazing place if you're into classic aircraft - especially
Moths! It close to Maitland - follow the
New England Hwy west of Maitland, take a right onto Windermere Rd (has
a road sign pointing towards Luskyntyre), then left onto
Rd, over the bridge (and what a bridge!) and then onto Pywells Rd where
the entrance is down a bit on your right. Four hangars (one of
is a Tiger Moth restoration facility, ??? the biggest in th world???)
another of which is ex-WW2. Saw about 30 aircraft. It was
great to meet such
and friendly people, who I understand organise regular lunchtime
Maitland Airfield (21 Nov 1998)
Not too far from Newcastle. Also
called Russell Field. Two runways and twelve hangars. Home
Aerobatics, Cirrus Executive Aviation, Royal Newcastle Aero Club and
Airlines. Saw about thirty aircraft. Was there again on 16
Feb, 2002. About six new hangars had
built. Saw about ten light aircraft -
Tiger Moth (VH-TGR).
(20-21 Nov 1998)
Sydney's International Airport, also known as Kingsford
Smith Airport. Three runways - one of them apparently
quite famous with Sydney-siders! The international and domestic
are quite separate and some way from each other. There's also a
area, a GA area and a heliport. More details from the unofficial
website. Saw over 100 aircraft in two half-day visits.
Was there again on 18 and 20 Feb, 2000. Lots of building
going on in preparation for the Olympics. Find out more from the official website.
(23 Nov 1998)
Well south of Sydney on the Princes Hwy and its signposted
Single, long (1600 m) runway and four hangars. Kendell and
Hazelton run scheduled flights. About twenty
seen - nothing special, except for a Dakota
National Air DC-3 (VH-UPQ).
(5 Nov 2001)
Between Walgett and Collarenebri. Strip
and windsock on a property.
Mittagong Airfield (15 Nov 1998)
On the Hume Hwy between Goulburn and Sydney
is the town of Mittagong. The airfield was a bit difficult to
- its over the hills to the south. Ask for directions, or if you
can find Bong Bong Rd, follow it and turn left - the airfield is on
right. One gravel runway and 15 small hangars. Home to
District Aero Club. Nothing much seen, although I understand that
an old Ryan was here somewhere.....
Central north-east NSW. Big place. Two runways,
building (QantasLink do RPT flights) and eight hangars (two on the far
side of the field). Home to Aircair Aviation, Austrek Aviation,
Air, McAlister Airways and Moree Aero Club. Ten crop-dusters,
dozen lighies (including Seabird Seeker VH-OPT), a QF Dash 8
a helicopter seen. The Amaroo Tavern is quite
by and has a DC-3 out front. I heard that its last flight was
Moree and that it was subsequently towed across the paddocks to the
Its in great nick. Marked P2-003,
Papua New Guinea
Force. Follow the sign for The Big Plane!
Way south of Sydney on the road to Eden. Its signposted
from the town. Two runwyas and six hangars. Three light
aircraft seen - nothing special.
North of Hillston. Strip and windsock north of town near
Its signposted well from the centre of town. Two
building (with a display detailing some fascinating aviation history in
the life of Mr Tim Loneragan) and eight hangars. Service from
Dubbo. Home to Mudgee Aviation Service, Mudgee Aero Club and
District Sports Aviation Club. Eight light aircraft seen as well
National Air's VH-SBL, parked on the grass.
Just south of the Queensland border along the Pacific Hwy in
The airfield is on the northern edge of the town. Also called The
Bob Whittle Airfield.
A single unsealed strip with seven hangars and some more being built.
About 15 aircraft seen - about half of which were very classic
About 100 clicks south of Moree
on the Newell Hwy. A bit out of town (about 8 km), but its
well. One sealed and one unsealed runway, a terminal building
signage) and two hangars. Home to Aircair, Kaputar Aviation and
Aero Club. Five light aircraft seen.
About 5 km out of town on the road to
A terminal building, an old RAAF base with one large old hangar and a
newer one. Saw four light aircraft. Also saw a Tiger Moth (A17-443) which
is on display in the town, beside the tourist office. Was there
again on 2 April, 2000 - Hazelton have
scheduled flights, four light aircraft and three ultralights seen
- and on 9 Nov, 2001, when little or nothing had
Narromine Airport (7
About 40 km west of Dubbo along the Mitchell Hwy.
through town and its on the right. Two sealed runways and about
a dozen hangars (one of them ex-RAAF). Home to Soar Narromine,
Ultralights, Orana Aviation, Narromine Aviation, Orana Soaring Club and
Airborne Avionics. Three crop-dusters seen - plus a glider tug,
a dozen gliders, eight light aircraft, two ultralights and six
(Auster VH-KBC, Sabre A94-915 - gathering dust in
shed - Chippie VH-JHA, MiG-15 VH-DIE and two Tiger
and VH-LSK). There was also a ? Texan being rebuilt in
of the hangars (?VH-YVI).
A domestic airport, aircraft manufacturer, RAAF base and
all on one site, about two hours north of Sydney. The spot is a
good bit north of the city at Williamtown
but the way is reasonably well signposted. One runway, three
hangars. Saw five regional airliners during an afternoon at the
airport, and seven jet fighters at the Fighter World
museum. Was there again on 7 Nov, 2000. Little had
about a dozen RAAF Hornets buzzing around. A BAe Hawk was towed
the BAE Systems facility across the airfield to the RAAF base during
afternoon. The museum had a second hangar built.
About 90 mins south of Sydney along the Princes Hwy. A
called HMAS Albatross which contains the excellent Australian
Naval Aviation Museum
and a civil terminal. About 30 aircraft were displayed in the
museum hangar. There was a road running around the perimeter of
the airfield, from which about a dozen civil and military aircraft
could be seen.
civil area was home to Albatross Aero Club. The museum was
recently renamed Australia's Museum of Flight.
Between Wee Waa and Narrabri
on the back road. Strip, windsock and hangar. One
two light aircraft seen.
Between Dubbo and Bourke on the Mitchell Hwy. Two
building (with Air Link Dubbo signs) and a hangar. One light
seen. There's a Iriquois helicopter (A2-002) in the town centre,
the train station.
(17 Feb 2002)
West of Sydney, just passed Bathurst.
Its about 13 km out of town - follow the many road signs. Two
and six hangars. Home to Orange Aviation, Orange Aero Club and
Air. Serviced by Hazelton. Saw about 15 light aircraft,
an Aero Commander 100 (VH-EXL), Champion Citabria (VH-CIW)
and PZL Wilga (VH-PSZ).
(8 Nov 2001)
In central NSW. Two sealed runways, terminal building
interesting WW2 photo display and Hazelton signage) and three (ex-RAAF)
About 20 light aircraft, five ultralights, two gyrocopters and three
seen (including a Cessna 150 Taildragger VH-TPA and Tiger Moth VH-GWG).
I hear that there's a Vampire and Wessex stored here somewhere but I
get to see them. And while in Parkes, don't forget to visit the
facility - home of the famous Dish!
Between Camden and Wollongong -
a single strip used by the Sydney Skydiving Centre. Shorts
Skyvan, VH-IBO was doing the
Port Macquarie (15 Feb 2002)
North of town and signposted. Two runways, decent
(services from QantasLink and Hazelton) and numerous hangars.
to Port Aero, Hastings District Flying Club, Falcon Aircraft
Johnston Aviation Services and Coastwings
Australia. About 25 light aircraft seen, as well as Trojan (VH-XVT
- no engine) and Dromader (VH-JRN - marked 22). I've heard
that there's a Strikemaster and other classics here - but they were
in a locked hangar on the day.
Powerhouse Museum (19 Nov 1998)
Message from Robert Rich (21/3/02): Yes, the
operates out of Port Macquarie.....also a CT4. In the Coastwings hanger
is a Bonanza BE33, Cessna 340, 210, 310, and an array of ultralights.
In Ultimo, in Sydney city centre - near Darling Harbour.
Ten historically-significant aircraft seen. The museum has a website which
contains lots of useful info. Good place to bring the kids!
Richmond RAAF Base (17 Nov 1998)
North-west of Sydney city, in the outer, outer suburbs.
B.707s and what seem to be Caribou without engines/tails. Single
runway (over 2000 m) running parallel with the public highway with a
giving very decent views of proceedings.
Rose Bay, Sydney
A seaplane base along Sydney Harbour, not too far from
Home to Sydney
Harbour Seaplanes. Saw three DHC-2 Beavers (VH-AQU, AQV,
and a Cessna A185F. This bay used to be a landing spot for
A lovely airfield in a beautiful spot. Sealed runway and
hangars. Home to Pay's Air Service, Scone Aircraft Maintenance,
and Scone Aero Club. Pay's hangar is meant to house some classic
warbirds, but it was closed on the day. About 15 aircraft seen
three Flectcher FU-24's (VH-EOW, VH-EUO and VH-UTR)
- the first two had Stallion conversions (and were marked Airpasture)
the third one had a tail boom (looked like it was used for survey
Close to Maitland, east of town - the signposts lead you to a
looking place. A prefabricated building, windsock and old
One light aircraft seen. There's an old-looking Yanda Airlines
A decent airport in a great city! Appears to have been a
base in the past. There's still some ex-WW2 hangars - and about
eight hangars in total. There's also a small memorial building in
front of the terminal containing an East-West Airlines' Avro Anson (VH-ASM).
Home to Eastern Australian Airlines, Tamworth Helicopters, Country
Flight Centre, Tamworth Aero Club, BAE Systems, Aeroskills, Byron
and Tamworth Air Services. An F-27 Friendship (VH-JCC),
looked like it was being used for spare parts, was parked on the grass
near the large Eastern hangars. Nearby was another (flying)
(VH-WAN), as well as two ex-Eastern Jetstreams (VH-TQK
in open storage. Another all white Jetstream (VH-TQL) was
in another hangar. Saw about 30 other aircraft - mainly BAE
Airtrainers and Tobagos - got fed up counting them! - but they look
when they take off doing formation practice. What was it like
with aircraft training during the 2nd world war?
E-mail message from James Hollinworth, 11 June, 2002:
current airport was built in 1955. The hangers there are mostly
that vintage. The original airport was located in the now
area of Taminda (of which many streets have aircraft names ie Wirraway,
Lockheed, Hudson, Avro, Anson). Several original structures still
exist amongst the more modern buildings. The airport was
because the original site was flood prone. During WWII No. 7
Flying School was located here using DH82 Tiger Moths. Also for a
brief period during 1942, Central Flying School (current Roulette unit)
was also stationed at Tamworth. Wirraway aircraft were also
The BAe Systems CT4's did a 19 ship fly over on Australia Day this
Probably the largest flyover in the country on the day.
Its positioning reminds me of that of Williamtown airport down
road. Terminal building, service by QantasLink and four
Home to Manning River Aero Club. Three light aircraft seen -
an Airtourer (VH-PCC) and an Airtrainer (VH-PGH).
About an hour north of Wagga Wagga. The
is just outside the town on the road to West Wyalong
and is signposted. Five hangars (one ex-RAAF) with a sixth being
Home to Temora Aero Club, Skydive Temora and Temora Gliding Club.
Soon to be home to an aviation museum - opening in ? Sept, 2000.
Saw a Dragonfly (VH-DLO), Tiger Moth (VH-UVZ, marked A17-691),
the fusealge of a Canberra (A84-233) and an Airedale (VH-UEP)
- along with four aerobatic, eight light aircraft, three gliders and an
ultralight. The museum has an superb website.
The Oaks (16
Not too far from Camden on the left on the far side of town on
way to Oakdale. One grass strip and the remnant of a
Two hangars and a boneyard. Home to Sydney Ultralight Flying Club
and Ultralight Aviators Flight Training.
About 30 aircraft seen - some classics.
A WW2 site, established by the USAAF
it 'McIntyre Field') on the NSW/Victoria border (Newell Highway).
Once about 25 miles square. Taken over by the RAAF in 1942, and
one stage 4,500 RAAF persons, 400 WAAF persons, 54 Liberators, 11
Vengeances, five Kittyhawks and an Airspeed Oxford. It was also a
storage and repair depot with aircraft such as Avro Anson, Airacobra,
Boeing, Boomerang, Dakota, Hudson, Lancaster, Lincoln, Meteor,
Mustang, Spitfire, Beaufighter, Vampire, Winjeel and Wirraway.
RAAF left in 1960. Over 700 aircraft were scapped here between
and 1963. There's now three of the original hangars remaining,
some newer ones. Home to Air Champagne, Tocumwal Aviation
and John H Williams Aviation. Saw five light aircraft and about 30
gliders. Also saw the wings of VH-DQI - many thanks to
Tubbs for info - it appears to be a Cessna 172 (c/n 56106) which
in July 1968 at Whittlesea, Victoria. Was there again on 2
April, 2000. Little had changed, seventeen
aircraft seen - including a crop-duster, a Dove (VH-OBI) and an
(VH-MAH). A Bellanca
Scout (VH-PEV) was being used
for parts to restore another Scout (VH-UTK).
Was there again on 9 Nov, 2001, about
fifteen light aircraft, a dozen or more gliders, an ultralight Storch,
(including Chippies VH-MNS, VH-WCR and VH-BSM -
and a crop-duster. The Dove (VH-OBI)
was having some work
to its wings and tailfin. Was there for a fourth time on 13 Feb,
2002. Saw eleven Hawker
ex Singapore Air Force in the 'second' ex-WW2 hangar. They're
to be 502, 506, 521, 526, 529, 531, 533, 535, 538, 545
and 546. In the same
hangar was the DC-3 (VH-JDL)
was previously stored at Wagga. There was also
of Chipmunk activity in the TAS hangar with VH-WGI (WG461), VR-HFQ
(being restored), VH-RVV
(wreck), VH-BSM, VH-MMS
(no markings) and VH-WCR
noted. Also noted a damaged
Between Coonabarabran and Dubbo on the Newell/Oxley Hwy.
and hut - not much else.
About 35 km north of Narromine on the
Mitchell Hwy. The strip is about 7 km out the Collie
Home to Rebel Aerial Agriculture. Five crop-dusters (two of them
with turbine engines - delightful!) and one light aircraft seen.
There's also a strip and windsock at the Auscott facility just
North-west of Parkes in central NSW. Two unsealed
runways and a windsock (in dire need of attention!).
Just south of Murwillumbah on the Pacific
Hwy in north-east NSW - and just north of the Byron Bay turn-off - on
as you travel south. Well signposted. A single strip with
hangars (plus one being built) - and another two hangars on the far
of the field. Home to Skylimit Sports Aviation, Byron Bay
Centre and Byron Air Charter. Ten aircraft seen - including Tiger
Moth (VH-APB) and Cessna 170 (VH-JBD), three ultralights
and three motor gliders. The motor gliding group have some beaut
photos of surfing the Morning Glory in the Gulf of Carpentaria (see http://www.dropbears.com/b/byrongliding/
There's a strip and windsock beside
cut mine. No aircraft seen.
Located at Forest Hill, about 10 km
off the Sturt Highway. Also contains the RAAF
Forest Hill Base and was home to
Airlines and Wagga Air Centre. Saw about a half dozen GA
and five aircraft at the RAAF museum. There was a Vampire (A79-623) displayed on a pole in the
city centre. Was there again on 1 April, 2000. Saw
the nose section of a Sabre in the museum
as well as a Meteor (A77-874),
a Canberra (A84-226) and a
Dakota (A65-64, marked Dakota
Downunder) on the base proper. The
base is also home to numerous CT-4s and Macchis, and has a large number
of instructional airframes, including three Metros. Little
changed at the adjacent airport (nine light aircraft seen), except for
of a Kendell CRJ-200 (VH-KJG).
Darryl Gibbs, of the Clyde
North Aeronautical Preservation Group, showed me the front section
of a Catalina (Bu48368, c/n
1730) which he and his colleagues had
from a farm near Coleambally recently, and
stored in the town. Was there for a third time on 18 Feb,
2002. The Dakota (ex A65-64)
had been moved to Tocumwal.
Seven Kendell CRJ-200's had been ferried from Tullamarine
for open storage to the east of the RAAF base - you could see them by
the laneways around the perimeter of the airfield. Also saw five
RAAF Maachi's - in ? open storage. Little had changed at the
- half a dozen light aircraft seen, some Kendell Saab 340's and
as a QantasLink Dash-8. Just south of Wagga on the Olympic Hwy is
where there used to be a substantal RAAF base during WWII. There
is a small display in the town giving the history and includes a
of a damaged Wirraway engine. 18 Feb, 2002: there's meant
be an airstrip nearby - no sign of it. About 30 km north-west of
Wagga is Coolamon,
which used to have an airstrip on the right just outside the town on
road to Junee. The strip is now closed. Further along the
which does have a strip and windsock just north of the town - no
In the hills east of Tamworth. The airfield is about 2
of town and is signposted. Down an interesting dirt-track,
Two strips, shed and a falling down hangar. PA-31 (VH-OZN)
was visiting for the annual Walcha races. No other aircraft
seen. There's meant to be a crop-dusting Tiger Moth in a museum
I got distracted by the horse races during my visit and time slipped
(5 Nov 2001)
Over 200 km east of Bourke. Two
three open hangars and a terminal building (with an Air Link Dubbo
Home to Walgett Aero Club.
(16 Feb 2002)
A strip owned by the Hunter Valley Gliding Club, also called
Parked Airfield. Up the New England Hwy from Maitland.
Two hangars filled with gliders. Three sporties, a motor-glider
a glider tug (PA-25, VH-CPV) seen.
Aerodrome (21 Nov
An hour or so north of Sydney along the Pacific Hwy - take a
Sparks Rd and the airfield is on the right before you reach the
One bitumen strip and seven hangars. Home to Central Coast Aero
About 20 aircraft seen and one quite interesting one - DC-3, VH-ATO in open storage.
(17 Nov 1998)
Also called Napper Airfield.
of Sydney. Its difficult to describe the best way there.
the easiest way is to head for Wollongong from Appin and take a left
the coal mine. Its a dirt track, but keep going and you will
find the airfield on your left. Single strip with about 25 small
hangars (a few more being built). Visitors are welcome on the
Home to the NSW Sport Aircraft Club.
(6 Nov 2001)
50 clicks west of Narrabri. South-west of town about five
km. Single unsealed runway, terminal
and one large hangar. Three crop-dusters and two light aircraft
And watch out for the Australia Telescope if you travel to Narrabri via
the back road.
(11 Feb 2001)
south-west NSW - across the border from Mildura in
Sign-posted from the town centre. Nine hangars, one
Home to Sunraysia Sport Aero Club. Seven ultralights seen.
West Wyalong Airport (1 April
60 clicks north of Temora.
ex-RAAF/RAN DC-3 (A65-23, with RAAF and ARDU markings on the
is mounted in a park on the corner of the main street and the
turn-off. The airfield is further down the
Narrandera road on the left and
signposted. Two hangars and a terminal building. Country
have scheduled flights. Three light aircraft seen.
Was there again on 9 Nov, 2001. Little had changed.
light aircraft seen.
(17 Feb, 2002)
Wagga Wagga and Bathurst,
about 10 km out of town on the Grenfell Rd. Sealed runway and
hangars. Home to Young Aero Club and Young Flying Group. No
aircraft seen on the
A Navair Ce 152 was doing circuits.
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