Navy and Air Force have helped make the 2020 Tyabb Airshow a success, impressing crowds with ground and air-based displays.
Over the course of the day, attendees learned about Navy’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at the static display, experienced flying a helicopter at the Naval Aviation Prospects Scheme simulator, and enjoyed Navy Band performances.
Peninsula Aero Club president Jack Vevers said the ADF's continued involvement with the airshow – based at the small Mornington Peninsula town of Tyabb – has helped build the event's reputation across the country.
“The ADF is a wonderful drawcard, which in turn makes the Tyabb Airshow a successful event achieving its aim of supporting local charities," he said.
"Without the ADF participation by the Air Force, and HMAS Cerberus, the show would not have become the success it is today."
Aerial displays and flyovers by the Air Force Roulettes, a C-27J Spartan, C-17A Globemaster and RAAF Museum heritage aircraft were a hit with the crowd.
"The Roulettes in their PC-21s put on the most magnificent display of precision formation aerobatic flying. However the sight of a C-17A Globemaster flying over a small rural airport was awesome, and coupled with the wall of fire explosion on the ground during the last pass added to a wonderful end to the airshow," Vevers added.
"HMAS Cerberus is an old friend of Peninsula Aero Club and the community. Being our local ADF base, Cerberus is part of the peninsula and is recognised as a force for good within the community,” he said.
HMAS Cerberus Commanding Officer Captain Mike Oborn spoke of the mutual respect the ADF and the Peninsula Aero Club had forged over more than 50 years.
"We are very proud to be involved in this event that has continuously grown in popularity over the years," CAPT Oborn said.
"A lot of hard work goes into the planning and execution of these displays, and you can measure its success by the countless smiles that we see from visitors.
“The Navy has called the peninsula its Melbourne home for 100 years this year – so the opportunity to support an event like this helps build those collaborative friendships that we value so much."
This year’s Tyabb Airshow was held in early March, attracting more than 11,000 aviation enthusiasts and local residents.