On April the 6th twelve of us visited The Old Aeroplane Company at Tyabb airport. Judy Pay, the owner of the facility, who first piloted a Tiger Moth at age 16, has two hangars at the airport.
One for restoring aircraft and the other for flying aircraft. Judy’s original plane is still flying!
We arrived at 10.15 where we were greeted by Christie. She took us into the first hangar where multiple aircraft were either being serviced or under restoration.
In that hangar were a Harvard (motor replacement) a Trojan (restoration) a Sopwith Pup (restoration) and a Kitty Hawk (servicing) which is in airworthy condition and is flown regularly after a 15-year restoration.
In the second hangar was a 12 cylinder Rolls Royce Merlin engine, various bomb racks and a selection of model aircraft. Airworthy and regularly flown aircraft in the hangar were a Mustang Fighter which is Judy Pay’s favourite and it became the favourite of many Shedders who visited. Another part of Judy’s collection consists of two Harvard Texans, a Vampire jet and a second Tiger Moth. There is even a replica (shell only) of the famous plane, Glamorous Glynnis, which Chuck Yeager flew when he first broke the sound barrier.
A big thanks to Christie for sharing her wealth of knowledge with us. We finished the day at a café in Tooradin for lunch.