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:: Old Aeroplane Company Tyabb, Victoria, Australia ::

The number of aviation museums in Australia is staggering. But as you soon find out when touring the the seemingly small distant place down under, so is the country itself.

A recent three week 9000 km road trip took me all through Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and then back again. When looking at the route on a map, I hardly made a dent into the country. However I did manage to visit a number of fun destinations and enjoy spectacular driving roads on the coast as well as mountains and the countryside.

One of the early destinations was Old Aeroplane Company Tyabb. Located on the scenic Mornington peninsula, not that far from Melbourne, it's a small patch of bliss among a larger patch of bliss.

Most of the technology related museums in Australia are privately owned and this was no exception. The owner is Judy Pay who first piloted a Tiger Moth at the age of 16 and has been hooked ever since. She opened Old Aeroplane Company Tyabb with a mechanic friend and acquired and restored an Australian warbird that has been followed by many others.

Three specimens currently under restoration are a German Fieseler Fi-156 D Storch, Vampire jet as well as a mockup of the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis. Some of the existing planes sport geeky bits like a 1950s electronic friend and foe system (a real treat for somebody like me).

The operation also restores and maintains other warbirds and historical aircraft - during my visit there was a Tiger Moth from the nearby Point Cook RAF museum under maintenance. There's also a second hangar under construction, which hopefully will allow the operation to grow.

The volunteers are happy to show visitors around the complex, are very friendly and have a large number interesting details details to share.

Take a peek at the Old Aeroplane Company Tyabb photo gallery.

Visit at:
Old Aeroplane Company
Street Address: Mornington Peninsula Airport or 76 Mornington Tyabb Rd, Tyabb, VIC 3913, Australia
Phone: +61 (03) 5977 3355 or +61 (03) 5977 453


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