Foreign Airfield Visit

Essendon, Melbourne/Tullamarine, Point Cook (Royal Australian Air Force Museum), Avalon, Lethbridge, Ballarat, Melton & Sunbury – Tuesday 19th February 2020 (Mark Paulin)

Evening all,

Today has been cloudy and cold with quite a bit of rain on and off. Another day out from Melbourne noted the following:

Essendon 0700 – 0830

N360HP BD700

N360PL CL604

N360SL CL604

VH-SGA BD700

VH-XCU C560XL

VH-XGQ BD700*

Next stop was Tullamarine for an ANZ A320N. Noted 0850 – 0920

9M-MTN A333 MAS

9V-SNA B773 SIA

A6-BLJ B789 ETD

A6-EQE B773 UAE

B-5917 A333 CSN

V8-DLD B788 RBA

VN-A897 A359 HVN

ZK-NHD A320N ANZ*

ZK-NNB A321N ANZ

ZK-NNC A321N ANZ

After a short drive we arrived at Point Cook as the Museum opened at 10am. The log of aircraft displayed is the same as noted last year. However, unlike my last visit, the Restoration Hanger was open and accessible so the following were noted:

A19-040/VH-CTK CT/1A Airtrainer*

A52-600 DH98 Mosquito RAAF*

NZ1075/VH-HVD AT6D Harvard RNZAF*

On leaving the Museum the rain began to fall. Our next stop was a very soggy Avalon. Unlike last year when the show was blisteringly hot today was a mere 14c! Noted on a visit 1115 – 1145

C-GVFT Bae146 Conair

N130FF C130*

VH-EBU B743

VH-LFA LJ35

VH-LJZ LJ60

VH-LJU LJ35

VH-LMC RC690D

VH-LPS LJ35

A23-043 PC9 RAAF

A23-066 PC9 RAAF*

A23-067 PC9 RAAF* (all in a compound awaiting Auction by the RAAF)

A84-232 Canberra (in green primer parked outside hangers undergoing restoration)

Next stop was Lethbridge. A large airfield with plenty of hangers, all closed. I suspect a weekend airfield with upwards of 50 likely to be present. Just one out on the field today

VH-CMX C172

Next was Ballarat up the Midland Highway. Noted here at 1315 – 1330

VH-ABM DH104

N76CG S76B*

N261CG S61N*

VH-LSR AS350B*

A lot based here mainly those involved in firefighting and AT802 Maintenance. The based TBM850 VH-KWH was away and has been noted returning on SBS this evening 🙁

From here a run across country to Melton. A small airfield with three wrecks in the long grass all with paint and regs scrubbed. One hanger here which was slightly open inside which were 4 or 5 aircraft.

Then a scenic drive up gravel roads to Sunbury airfield. This is high in the hills and Melbourne City can be seen from here around 60km away. A few hangers here too but all shut today. Just one noted on the field

VH-NBO Be V35B

Then it was back to Essendon where the following noted between 1630 and 2200

VH-CEA TBM850

VH-LEF CL650

VH-LEP BD700

VH-TQF C208EX*

VH-TQV C208EX*

VH-XAQ PC12

VH-YXH AW139*

OTT into Point Cook

A97-441 C130J RAAF

OTT into Tullamarine

4R-ALP A333 ALK

9M-MTC A333 MAS

9V-SFP B744F SIA

9V-SKM A388 SIA

9V-SMP A359 SIA

9V-SWN B773 SIA

A6-BLM B789 ETD

A7-API A388 QTR

B-LXB A35X CPA

HS-THK A359 THA

HS-THM A359 THA

ZK-NND A321N ANZ

ZK-OKA B777 ANZ

We leave Melbourne tomorrow on a road trip to the East for the next couple of days,. Will report back tomorrow evening with what we see,

Mark Paulin

 

Photo credit: Mark Paulin

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