Formation flight in VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show – 26 January 2016

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Australia Day 26 January 2016.
Australia Day 26 January 2016.
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees..
AAWA inc President, David Eyre can be seen in the front cockpit, acting as lookout for the air display over the Swan River past the city of Perth.
Built in 1944. To RAAF in 1944 as A17-744. Regd 6.2.1995 to Clark R Rees, Inglewood, WA.
Photo © Keith Anderson.

26 January 2016 – copyright © David Eyre

My first ever flight in an open cockpit biplane was also a formation flight with other vintage aircraft in the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016, so you can imagine my excitement!

I had been invited to act as an operational lookout for the ‘Beautiful Biplanes’ formation, which was third on the Air Show program. We were due to depart Jandakot at 3:30pm, to arrive over the Swan River in Perth city at 4pm for two formation flypasts, before returning to Jandakot.

The aircraft was a De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, VH-BTP/A17-744, a British-designed trainer aircraft which had been built under licence in Australia by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, New South Wales in 1944, during World War Two. It was allocated to the Royal Australian Air Force with serial number A17-744 and used to train pilots. It was sold in 1955 and registered VH-BTP, based in Western Australia. After a variety of owners, it was acquired by Clark Rees in 1995.

The Tiger Moth’s fuselage is constructed of steel tubing and covered in a combination of fabric and thin plywood. The wings and tailplane are made of timber, covered with fabric. The Gypsy Major engine was built under licence by General Motors Holden in Australia. Over 8,800 DH-82 Tiger Moths were built in seven countries between 1931 and 1945.
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016. Clark Rees, taxying his aircraft to park in front of the Royal Aero Club before we flew in the 'Beautiful Biplanes' formation at the Australia Day Air Show over Perth. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016.
Clark Rees, taxying his aircraft to park in front of the Royal Aero Club before we flew in the ‘Beautiful Biplanes’ formation at the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016 over Perth.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016. Clark Rees, taxying his aircraft to park in front of the Royal Aero Club before we flew in the 'Beautiful Biplanes' formation at the Australia Day Air Show over Perth. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016.
Clark Rees, taxying his aircraft to park in front of the Royal Aero Club before we flew in the ‘Beautiful Biplanes’ formation at the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016 over Perth.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Rear cockpit. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Rear cockpit.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Front cockpit. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Front cockpit, where I sat.
Photo © David Eyre

After a safety brief from Clark Rees, I strapped in to the front cockpit, putting on a canvas helmet/headset, goggles and a four-point safety harness. For photography, I used a Canon EOS 70D with a Canon 17-55mm F2.8 EF-S lens.

We started the engine and taxied out from the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia on time at 3.30pm, headed towards runway 24 Right.

VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Taxying out for departure at 3:30pm, as part of the 'Beautiful Biplanes' formation. Photo © Scott Morgan
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Taxying out for departure at 3:30pm, as part of the ‘Beautiful Biplanes’ formation.
Photo © Scott Morgan
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Taxying out for departure at 3:30pm, as part of the 'Beautiful Biplanes' formation. Photo © Scott Morgan
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Taxying out for departure at 3:30pm, as part of the ‘Beautiful Biplanes’ formation.
Photo © Scott Morgan
View from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Taxying out at 3:32pm to runway 24R for take-off. Spectator area, Aviators Cafe and the control tower are visible on our left. Photo © David Eyre
View from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Taxying out at 3:32pm to runway 24R for take-off. Spectator area, Aviators Cafe and the control tower are visible on our left.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Taxying out for departure at 3:30pm, as part of the 'Beautiful Biplanes' formation. Photo © Clyde Lannan
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Taxying out for departure at 3:30pm, as part of the ‘Beautiful Biplanes’ formation.
Photo © Clyde Lannan

When we got near the runway, the formation leader, Tiger Moth VH-FAS/A17-37, suffered problems whilst doing engine checks. Unfortunately it had to taxy back to the Royal Aero Club and VH-CKF/A17-421 took over as formation leader.

VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc, flown by Trevor Jones , at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Holding on taxiway B near runway 24R, to do engine run-up checks before departure. Visible behind are two more Tiger Moths, VH-NOV, owned and flown by Barry Markham, and VH-FAS/A17-37 of the Royal Aero Club. VH-FAS suffered mechanical problems and had to taxi back, leaving VH-CKF to step up as formation leader. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc, flown by Trevor Jones , at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Holding on taxiway B near runway 24R, to do engine run-up checks before departure. Visible behind are two more Tiger Moths, VH-NOV, owned and flown by Barry Markham, and VH-FAS/A17-37 of the Royal Aero Club. VH-FAS suffered mechanical problems and had to taxi back, leaving VH-CKF to step up as formation leader.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) owned and flown by Kevin Bailey, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Holding on taxiway B near runway 24R, to do engine run-up checks before departure. Visible behind are Tiger Moth VH-AMW/A17-208 flown by Chris Shine; VH-BQO Christen Eagle II flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-VLF Steen Skybolt flown by Roberto Franco; and VH-ZUZ Culp Special flown by Peter Cash. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) owned and flown by Kevin Bailey, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Holding on taxiway B near runway 24R, to do engine run-up checks before departure. Visible behind are Tiger Moth VH-AMW/A17-208 flown by Chris Shine; VH-BQO Christen Eagle II flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-VLF Steen Skybolt flown by Roberto Franco; and VH-ZUZ Culp Special flown by Peter Cash.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
Left to right: VH-ZUZ Culp Special (MSN CS-1947), flown by Peter Cash; VH-VLF Steen Skybolt (MSN DG001), flown by Roberto Franco; and VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Holding on taxiway B near runway 24R, awaiting their turn to take off as part of our formation. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
Left to right: VH-ZUZ Culp Special (MSN CS-1947), flown by Peter Cash; VH-VLF Steen Skybolt (MSN DG001), flown by Roberto Franco; and VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Holding on taxiway B near runway 24R, awaiting their turn to take off as part of our formation.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre

The aircraft took off in pairs, with VH-CKF and our aircraft going first, lifting off runway 24 Right at 3:40pm.

VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc, flown by Trevor Jones , at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Lined up for take-off from runway 24R at 3:40pm. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc, flown by Trevor Jones , at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Lined up for take-off from runway 24R at 3:40pm.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) piloted and owned by Clark Rees..
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) piloted and owned by Clark Rees..
Taking off with AAWA President David Eyre operating as lookout in the front seat
Built in 1944. To RAAF in 1944 as A17-744. Regd 6.2.1995 to Clark R Rees, Inglewood, WA.
Photo © Allan Tilley.
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) piloted and owned by Clark Rees..
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) piloted and owned by Clark Rees..
Taking off with AAWA President David Eyre operating as lookout in the front seat, together with VH-CKF / A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc, named ‘Shirley Adkins’ piloted by Trevor Jones, as part of the “Beautiful Bi-planes” formation in the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show.
Photo © Allan Tilley.

As one would expect from an open cockpit, it was windy and cool in the cockpit and there were no windows, apart from the small front windscreen. The view was great, despite the two wings, struts and wires.

Flying in formation is exhilarating, as one doesn’t normally see another aircraft flying so close and bouncing around in the turbulence. Each pilot tries to maintain the same position relative to the leader. This can be tricky when the formation has to turn, as an aircraft on the ‘outside’ of the formation turn may have to use more power than another aircraft on the inside.

After take-off, VH-CKF/A17-421 was the lead aircraft, to the rear right was our aircraft VH-BTP/A17-744, with VH-NOV flying directly abeam us. Directly to the rear of VH-CKF and down over my left shoulder was VH-BAR/A17-666. VH-AMW flew on the left rear side of the formation.

VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) owned and flown by Kevin Bailey, over Bibra Lake - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Climbing to the northwest after departing Jandakot. Bibra Lake Primary School is visible under the left wing and Lakelands Reserve at upper left of photo. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) owned and flown by Kevin Bailey, over Bibra Lake – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Climbing to the northwest after departing Jandakot. Bibra Lake Primary School is visible under the left wing and Lakelands Reserve at upper left of photo. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) owned and flown by Kevin Bailey, over Murdoch - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Climbing to the northwest after departing Jandakot, south of Murdoch University. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) owned and flown by Kevin Bailey, over Murdoch – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Climbing to the northwest after departing Jandakot, south of Murdoch University. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc, flown by Trevor Jones, over Kardinya - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Visible in the distance are North Coogee and Garden Island. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc, flown by Trevor Jones, over Kardinya – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Visible in the distance are North Coogee and Garden Island. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) owned and flown by Kevin Bailey, over O'Connor - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying northwest after departing Jandakot. Bibra Lake is visible at the upper right of photo. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) owned and flown by Kevin Bailey, over O’Connor – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying west. Bibra Lake is visible at the upper right of photo, with VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs just below the lake, and VH-VLF Steen Skybolt (MSN DG001), flown by Roberto Franco at upper left. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths: VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over O'Connor - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Climbing to the northwest after departing Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths: VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over O’Connor – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying west. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths: VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200) flown by Trevor Jones, over O'Connor - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying west. Point Peron, Woodman Point and Garden Island visible. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths: VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200) flown by Trevor Jones, over O’Connor – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying west. Point Peron, Woodman Point and Garden Island visible. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-AMW/A17-208 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over O'Connor - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying west. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-AMW/A17-208 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over O’Connor – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying west. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
View northeast along Swan River to Perth from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over East Fremantle - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Black Wall Reach, Point Walter and Bicton visible. Photo © David Eyre
View northeast along Swan River to Perth from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over East Fremantle – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Black Wall Reach, Point Walter and Bicton visible.
Photo © David Eyre
View northeast along Swan River to Perth from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over East Fremantle - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Black Wall Reach, Point Walter and Bicton visible in the centre, with Mosman Park at centre left. Photo © David Eyre
View northeast along Swan River to Perth from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over East Fremantle – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Black Wall Reach, Point Walter and Bicton visible in the centre, with Mosman Park at centre left.
Photo © David Eyre

We headed northwest towards East Fremantle and at 3:47pm, we turned northeast to fly up the Swan River, towards Perth city.

VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over East Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Visible in the distance is Rottnest Island, 18 kilometres offshore. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over East Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Visible in the distance is Rottnest Island, 18 kilometres offshore. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River at Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View facing north towards Peppermint Grove and Claremont. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River at Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View facing north towards Peppermint Grove and Claremont. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River at Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View facing north towards Peppermint Grove and Claremont, with Point Walter on the lower right. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River at Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View facing north towards Peppermint Grove and Claremont, with Point Walter on the lower right. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) owned and flown by Kevin Bailey and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River at Mosman Park - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying northeast up the Swan River towards Perth. Three aircraft can be seen following behind: VH-VLF Steen Skybolt (MSN DG001), flown by Roberto Franco; VH-ZUZ Culp Special (MSN CS-1947), flown by Peter Cash; and VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Rottnest Island is visible on the horizon. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) owned and flown by Kevin Bailey and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River at Mosman Park – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying northeast up the Swan River towards Perth. Three aircraft can be seen following behind: VH-VLF Steen Skybolt (MSN DG001), flown by Roberto Franco; VH-ZUZ Culp Special (MSN CS-1947), flown by Peter Cash; and VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Rottnest Island is visible on the horizon.
Photo © David Eyre

Immediately after this, we saw the ‘Oldtimer Fly By’ vintage aircraft formation to the north, returning from their flypast over the city. They flew to the rear of our formation and VH-BQO, VH-VLF and VH-ZUZ joined their formation.

VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River at Bicton, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View facing north towards Claremont and Dalkeith, as the 'Oldtimers' formation approaches from the north, having completed their first flypasts over the city. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River at Bicton, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View facing north towards Claremont and Dalkeith, as the ‘Oldtimers’ formation approaches from the north, having completed their first flypasts over the city. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River at Bicton, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View facing north towards Claremont and Dalkeith, as the 'Oldtimers' formation approaches from the north, having completed their first flypasts over the city. Tiger Moth VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham is off our left wing. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River at Bicton, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View facing north towards Claremont and Dalkeith, as the ‘Oldtimers’ formation approaches from the north, having completed their first flypasts over the city. Tiger Moth VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham is off our left wing. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees
Photo © David Eyre
The 'Oldtimers' formation, over Cottesloe, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Fying south along the coast to join the rear of our formation. Boeing Stearmans VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann; VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-FID Beech D.18S, flown by Stuart Adamson. Photo © David Eyre
The ‘Oldtimers’ formation, over Cottesloe, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying south along the coast to join the rear of our formation. Boeing Stearmans VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann; VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-FID Beech D.18S, flown by Stuart Adamson.
Photo © David Eyre

Besides the thrill of flying in a Tiger Moth, one of the most enjoyable aspects was that we got to see many of the historically-significant aviation sites in Perth from the air.

At 3:50pm, we passed over the former World War Two flying boat base at Pelican Point (then known as Crawley). From March 1942 to August 1944, the US Navy based Catalina flying boats of Patrol Wing 10 at Crawley – their maintenance area was on the current site of the Royal Perth Yacht Club, and the aircraft used to be moored in the river. British, Dutch and Australian flying boats also operated from there. On the south side of Pelican Point is the site of Qantas’ Catalina base. From June 1943 to July 1945, Qantas flew Catalina flying boats on regular direct flights between Crawley and Koggala Lake, in southern Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), 5,652 kilometres away. With a flight time of 28 to 32 hours, this was – and still is – the longest non-stop regular passenger flight.

VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River at Nedlands, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View facing northeast towards Perth city and Kings Park. Pelican Point in Crawley, now the home of Royal Perth Yacht Club, was formerly a World War Two seaplane base, used by Catalinas of the US Navy. Qantas also operated Catalinas from the southern side (directly below the propeller of VH-CKF in this photo, where a boat ramp and car park now stands), flying direct to Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River at Nedlands, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View facing northeast towards Perth city and Kings Park. Pelican Point in Crawley, now the home of Royal Perth Yacht Club, was formerly a World War Two seaplane base, used by Catalinas of the US Navy. Qantas also operated Catalinas from the southern side (directly below the propeller of VH-CKF in this photo, where a boat ramp and car park now stands), flying direct to Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
Former World War Two seaplane base at Pelican Point, Crawley, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View facing northeast towards Kings Park. The current site of Royal Perth Yacht Club was formerly a World War Two seaplane base, used by Catalinas of the US Navy. Qantas also operated Catalinas from the southern side, where a boat ramp and car park are now located (near the strut in this photo). Qantas flew direct from the Swan River to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), a flight of up to 32 hours, which still holds the record for the longest regular passenger flight. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
Former World War Two seaplane base at Pelican Point, Crawley, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View facing northeast towards Kings Park. The current site of Royal Perth Yacht Club was formerly a World War Two seaplane base, used by Catalinas of the US Navy. Qantas also operated Catalinas from the southern side, where a boat ramp and car park are now located (near the strut in this photo). Qantas flew direct from the Swan River to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), a flight of up to 32 hours, which still holds the record for the longest regular passenger flight. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre

Passing over the War Memorial at King’s Park, we turned north to pass west of the skyscrapers of Perth city, then turned southeast and flew over Northbridge, to the north of Perth’s city centre.

Australia Day 26 January 2016.
Australia Day 26 January 2016.
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees..
AAWA inc President, David Eyre can be seen in the front cockpit, acting as lookout for the air display over the Swan River past the city of Perth.
Built in 1944. To RAAF in 1944 as A17-744. Regd 6.2.1995 to Clark R Rees, Inglewood, WA.
Photo © Keith Anderson.
Australia Day 26 January 2016.
Australia Day 26 January 2016.
Tiger Moths VH-BTP and VH-NOV flying in “The Beautiful Bi-planes” formation over the suburbs of Perth heading for the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016 over the Swan River.
Photo © Keith Anderson.
Australia Day 26 January 2016.
Australia Day 26 January 2016.
Tiger Moths VH_BTP, VH-NOV and VH-CKF flying in “The Beautiful Bi-planes” formation over the suburbs of Perth heading for the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016 over the Swan River.
Photo © Keith Anderson.
Australia Day 26 January 2016.
Australia Day 26 January 2016.
Tiger Moths VH_BTP, VH-NOV, VH-BAR and VH-CKF flying in “The Beautiful Bi-planes” formation over the suburbs of Perth heading for the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016 over the Swan River.
Photo © Keith Anderson.
Australia Day 26 January 2016.
Australia Day 26 January 2016.
Tiger Moths VH_BTP, VH-NOV, VH-BAR and VH-CKF flying in “The Beautiful Bi-planes” formation over the suburbs of Perth heading for the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016 over the Swan River.
Photo © Keith Anderson.
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, and VH-FID Beech D.18S (MSN A-458), flown by Stuart Adamson, over the Swan River at Crawley, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View facing northeast towards West Perth. AAWA Vice President Keith Anderson was aboard VH-FID in the background. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, and VH-FID Beech D.18S (MSN A-458), flown by Stuart Adamson, over the Swan River at Crawley, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View facing northeast towards West Perth. AAWA Vice President Keith Anderson was aboard VH-FID in the background. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, and VH-FID Beech D.18S (MSN A-458), flown by Stuart Adamson, over the Swan River at Crawley, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View facing northeast towards West Perth. AAWA Vice President Keith Anderson was aboard VH-FID in the background. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, and VH-FID Beech D.18S (MSN A-458), flown by Stuart Adamson, over the Swan River at Crawley, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View facing northeast towards West Perth. AAWA Vice President Keith Anderson was aboard VH-FID in the background. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees
Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, Swan River and South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View facing northeast towards Perth. A large number of private boats are anchored to watch the air show and the evening fireworks display. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, Swan River and South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View facing northeast towards Perth. A large number of private boats are anchored to watch the air show and the evening fireworks display. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near Matilda Bay, Crawley, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Sunlight reflecting off the water giving a metallic look. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near Matilda Bay, Crawley, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Sunlight reflecting off the water giving a metallic look. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near Matilda Bay, Crawley, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Pelican Point at Crawley is visible at upper right. This was a former World War Two seaplane base, used by Catalina flying boats of the US Navy. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near Matilda Bay, Crawley, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Pelican Point at Crawley is visible at upper right. This was a former World War Two seaplane base, used by Catalina flying boats of the US Navy. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
The city of Perth, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Seen off our right side, as we flew north. Mitchell Freeway on the left and the new Elizabeth Quay inlet can be seen on the right - it officially opened a few days later. Photo © David Eyre
The city of Perth, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Seen off our right side, as we flew north. Mitchell Freeway on the left and the new Elizabeth Quay inlet can be seen on the right – it officially opened a few days later.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near Kings Park, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Pelican Point at Crawley is visible near the left wing of VH-BAR. This was a former World War Two seaplane base, used by Catalina flying boats of the US Navy. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near Kings Park, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Pelican Point at Crawley is visible near the left wing of VH-BAR. This was a former World War Two seaplane base, used by Catalina flying boats of the US Navy. Fremantle is visible in the distance. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over Subiaco, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View facing northwest towards Domain Stadium (Subiaco Oval football ground), with Lake Monger on the right and Herdsman Lake in the centre. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over Subiaco, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View facing northwest towards Domain Stadium (Subiaco Oval football ground), with Lake Monger on the right and Herdsman Lake in the centre. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
The city of Perth, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Northbridge - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying southeast, parallel to the northern foreshore, before we commenced our first formation flypast. Photo © David Eyre
The city of Perth, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Northbridge – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying southeast, parallel to the northern foreshore, before we commenced our first formation flypast.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over Northbridge, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) owned by the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, flown by Trevor Jones, over Northbridge, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths: VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Northbridge, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Heading southeast towards Swan River. Perth Airport visible in the distance on the right. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths: VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Northbridge, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Heading southeast towards Swan River. Perth Airport visible in the distance on the right. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine; with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over Mount Lawley - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying southeast towards the Swan River. The north end of William Street is visible to the right of VH-BAR. In the Oldtimers formation are (L-R): VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearmans VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann; and VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine; with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over Mount Lawley – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying southeast towards the Swan River. The north end of William Street is visible to the right of VH-BAR. In the Oldtimers formation are (L-R): VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearmans VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann; and VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre

As we reached the Swan River again, we turned right to head south, with Belmont Park Racecourse to the left of our aircraft. In January 1911, this was the location for the first aeroplane flights in Western Australia, by New Zealander, Joseph Joel Hammond in a Bristol Boxkite. Witnessing these flights was Norman Brearley, who later became a fighter pilot in World War One, before playing a pioneering role in Australian aviation. After the war, in July 1919, Brearley brought two military surplus Avro 504J aircraft back to Perth to demonstrate the potential of aviation and based the aircraft in a hangar next to Belmont Park Race Course. This wasn’t a suitable airstrip, being too small, boggy, and too far from the city centre. Without official permission, he moved his aircraft and hangar to what later became Langley Park.

VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. About to turn right to commence the flypast. The green oval horse racing track of Belmont Park Racecourse is visible - in January 1911, this was the site of the first aeroplane flights in Western Australia, by New Zealander, Joseph Joel Hammond in a Bristol Boxkite. Norman Brearley based his two Avro 504J aircraft in a hangar located between the track and the river in 1919, and used it as an airstrip before moving to Langley Park. Beyond Belmont Park is the former Maylands Aerodrome on Maylands Peninsula, which still has its aircraft hangars - it was Perth's first official airport and operated from January 1924 to June 1963. Perth Airport is visible in the distance. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
About to turn right to commence the flypast. The green oval horse racing track of Belmont Park Racecourse is visible – in January 1911, this was the site of the first aeroplane flights in Western Australia, by New Zealander, Joseph Joel Hammond in a Bristol Boxkite. Norman Brearley based his two Avro 504J aircraft in a hangar located between the track and the river in 1919, and used it as an airstrip before moving to Langley Park. Beyond Belmont Park is the former Maylands Aerodrome on Maylands Peninsula, which still has its aircraft hangars – it was Perth’s first official airport and operated from January 1924 to June 1963. Perth Airport is visible in the distance. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre

To the right of our aircraft, we could see the WACA cricket ground with its huge lighting towers. In 1919, Norman Brearley flew public demonstration and joyride flights from the WACA in an Avro 504J.

East Perth, Heirisson Island, and South Perth, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. At bottom left is Claisebrook Cove, centre left is Gloucester Park trotting racetrack and to its right is the WACA cricket ground. Photo © David Eyre
East Perth, Heirisson Island, and South Perth, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
At bottom left is Claisebrook Cove, centre left is Gloucester Park trotting racetrack and to its right is the WACA cricket ground.
Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, East Perth, and South Perth, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. At bottom right is the WACA cricket ground - in 1919 Norman Brearley flew joyflights from there in his Avro 504J biplane. Later that year, he moved his base from Belmont Park Racecourse to what is now the west end of Langley Park, Langley Park is visible to the left of the city. Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, East Perth, and South Perth, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
At bottom right is the WACA cricket ground – in 1919 Norman Brearley flew joyflights from there in his Avro 504J biplane. Later that year, he moved his base from Belmont Park Racecourse to what is now the west end of Langley Park, Langley Park is visible to the left of the city.
Photo © David Eyre

On the other side of the river, to the east of Belmont Park, lies Maylands Peninsula. There I could see the hangars of the former Maylands Aerodrome, now used by the WA Police. The first official Perth Airport (Langley Park was unofficial), Maylands opened in January 1924. It became the base for West Australian Airways, MacRobertson Miller Aviation (MMA) and the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia. Charles Kingsford Smith landed at Maylands in August 1928, completing the first non-stop flight across Australia. During World War Two, Maylands was used by the RAAF and USAAF. By 1944, Maylands was unsuitable for larger commercial aircraft and the Government agreed to allow ANA (Australian National Airways) and Qantas to operate from Guildford. Maylands continued as a base for general aviation operations, but the aerodrome was too small and the aircraft movements conflicted with nearby Perth/Guildford Airport. By the end of the 1950s, Department of Civil Aviation decided that Maylands should be closed and ordered all the tenants to move to Perth Airport. The Royal Aero Club of Western Australia left Maylands on 23 April 1959 and set up operations at Perth/Guildford pending the opening of the new general aviation airport at Jandakot. The opening of Jandakot Airport in 1963 allowed Maylands to be finally closed to all flying operations on 30 June 1963.

As we flew past the former Maylands Aerodrome, it was interesting to think that Tiger Moths VH-BTP and VH-CKF had formerly operated from Maylands Aerodrome and were still flying today. VH-CKF (then registered VH-CAG) flew from Maylands during 1949-65 and VH-BTP from 1958-62.

Beyond Maylands, I could see Perth Airport. As newer aircraft were larger and faster, the small size of Maylands Aerodrome became restrictive, so the Government purchased land at Guildford in 1938 – this later became Perth Airport. From mid-April 1942, Guildford became an air force base for the RAAF, as World War Two was underway. With Maylands now being too small for the larger and faster aircraft, the Government agreed to allow ANA and Qantas operate from the RAAF base at Guildford. In May 1944, the first commercial flight was flown when an Australian National Airways DC-3 took off from Guildford, departing to Adelaide. On 17 June 1944 a converted Liberator bomber left Perth on the first Qantas Empire Airways Kangaroo Service flight to Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka). It was still known as Guildford Aerodrome, until being officially renamed Perth International Airport in 1952.

VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. About to turn right to commence the flypast. Visible on the right side of Maylands Peninsula is the former Maylands Aerodrome, which still has its aircraft hangars. It was Perth's first official airport and operated from January 1924 to June 1963. Perth Airport is visible in the distance. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. VH-CKF (then VH-CAG) flew from Maylands during 1949-65 and VH-BTP was based there from 1958-62. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
About to turn right to commence the flypast. Visible on the right side of Maylands Peninsula is the former Maylands Aerodrome, which still has its aircraft hangars. It was Perth’s first official airport and operated from January 1924 to June 1963. Perth Airport is visible in the distance. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. VH-CKF (then VH-CAG) flew from Maylands during 1949-65 and VH-BTP was based there from 1958-62.
Photo © David Eyre
Former Maylands Aerodrome (foreground) and Perth Airport (background), Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. The former Maylands Aerodrome still has its aircraft hangars, now used by the Western Australian Police. Maylands was Perth's first official airport (Langley Park was the first airport, unofficially), and operated from January 1924 to June 1963. Perth Airport is visible in the distance - it opened as RAAF Base Guildford in 1942. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. VH-BTP was based at Maylands from 1958-62. Photo © David Eyre
Former Maylands Aerodrome (foreground) and Perth Airport (background), Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
The former Maylands Aerodrome still has its aircraft hangars, now used by the Western Australian Police. Maylands was Perth’s first official airport (Langley Park was the first airport, unofficially), and operated from January 1924 to June 1963. Perth Airport is visible in the distance – it opened as RAAF Base Guildford in 1942. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. VH-BTP was based at Maylands from 1958-62.
Photo © David Eyre
Oldtimers formation, over East Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. About to perform their second pair of flypasts over the Swan River. Aircraft in the formation are (L-R): VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; Boeing Stearmans VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann; and VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
Oldtimers formation, over East Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
About to perform their second pair of flypasts over the Swan River. Aircraft in the formation are (L-R): VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; Boeing Stearmans VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann; and VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near Victoria Park, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Descending to the right, to commence the flypast. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near Victoria Park, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Descending to the right, to commence the flypast. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre

As we continued turning right, we flew north westerly, parallel with the northern foreshore of the river, below the tops of the skyscrapers of Perth city.

On the right was Langley Park. This was Perth’s first unofficial ‘airport’ from late 1919 to January 1924. Norman Brearley had been looking for a more suitable landing area, closer to the city and on dry land. In late 1919, he noticed a good, rectangular patch of flat ground next to the river, extending east from Victoria Avenue. At 275 by 180 metres, the strip was one third of the length it is today. Brearley enquired about using this land as an airfield, and Michael Durack invited Brearley to build a hangar at the foot of his property (263 Adelaide Terrace). Even though it was public land, and without official permission, Brearley accepted. In late 1919, he moved the Avro hangar from Belmont Racecourse to Langley Park, at the corner of Terrace Road and Victoria Avenue. From there, Brearley conducted charter and joy flights all over Western Australia. In August 1921, Brearley won a Federal Government tender to operate the first regular air service in Australia. He was issued with the first Australian pilot’s licence in that same month. One of the pilots he recruited for the new airline was Charles Kingsford-Smith, who later became world famous for his long-distance record flights. In December 1921, the first three Bristol Tourers took off from Langley Park bound for Geraldton, to prepare for Australia’s first regular airline service from Geraldton to Derby the following day. This was before Qantas commenced airline operations. Brearley later helped Qantas to improve their reliability and safety, something which Qantas later became famous for.

VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
Perth city and the former unofficial airport at Langley Park, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over the Swan River near East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. In 1919 Norman Brearley moved his two Avro 504J biplanes and their hangar to the northwest corner of what later became Langley Park, from his initial base base next to Belmont Park Racecourse. This was public land and he had no official permission. In 1921, Brearley won a tender for the first regular air service in Australia (before Qantas), and based his airline West Australian Airways at Langley Park. It remained in use as an unofficial airport from late 1919 to January 1924, when Maylands Aerodrome opened. Thereafter, it was used occasionally for emergencies and special events, such as fly-ins and the Red Bull Air Race. Photo © David Eyre
Perth city and the former unofficial airport at Langley Park, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over the Swan River near East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
In 1919 Norman Brearley moved his two Avro 504J biplanes and their hangar to the northwest corner of what later became Langley Park, from his initial base base next to Belmont Park Racecourse. This was public land and he had no official permission. In 1921, Brearley won a tender for the first regular air service in Australia (before Qantas), and based his airline West Australian Airways at Langley Park. It remained in use as an unofficial airport from late 1919 to January 1924, when Maylands Aerodrome opened. Thereafter, it was used occasionally for emergencies and special events, such as fly-ins and the Red Bull Air Race.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones (formation leader), followed by VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; VH-BTP / A17-744 (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit; and VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey - over the Swan River, Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016. Seen from Langley Park, as part of the 'Beautiful Biplanes' formation. Photo © Geoff Selby
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones (formation leader), followed by VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; VH-BTP / A17-744 (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit; and VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey – over the Swan River, Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Seen from Langley Park, as part of the ‘Beautiful Biplanes’ formation.
Photo © Geoff Selby
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit, over the Swan River, Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Part of the 'Beautiful Biplanes' formation, seen from Langley Park. Photo © Geoff Selby
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit, over the Swan River, Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day Air Show.
Part of the ‘Beautiful Biplanes’ formation, seen from Langley Park.
Photo © Geoff Selby

We passed over the newly-completed inlet at Elizabeth Quay, which officially opened a few days later, on Friday 29 January 2016.

Perth city, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over the Swan River, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. The newly completed inlet at Elizabeth Quay was officially opened three days after this photo, on 29 January 2016. Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over the Swan River, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
The newly completed inlet at Elizabeth Quay was officially opened three days after this photo, on 29 January 2016.
Photo © David Eyre

As we passed along the northern foreshore, the other formation of vintage aircraft flew along the South Perth foreshore.

De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones; and VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River near South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Approaching Narrows Bridge, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones; and VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River near South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Approaching Narrows Bridge, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying towards the Narrows Bridge. The fireworks barges for Skyworks are lined up to the upper left of the tail of VH-BAR. In the distance are VH-ZUZ Culp Special (MSN CS-1947), flown by Peter Cash, and VH-VLF Steen Skybolt (MSN DG001), flown by Roberto Franco. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying towards the Narrows Bridge. The fireworks barges for Skyworks are lined up to the upper left of the tail of VH-BAR. In the distance are VH-ZUZ Culp Special (MSN CS-1947), flown by Peter Cash, and VH-VLF Steen Skybolt (MSN DG001), flown by Roberto Franco. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near South Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying towards the Narrows Bridge. The fireworks barges for Skyworks are lined up to the upper left of the tail of VH-BAR. Below the aircraft are a number of boats flying the Australian flag, watching the air show and later, the fireworks display. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near South Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying towards the Narrows Bridge. The fireworks barges for Skyworks are lined up to the upper left of the tail of VH-BAR. Below the aircraft are a number of boats flying the Australian flag, watching the air show and later, the fireworks display.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River near South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Approaching Narrows Bridge, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River near South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Approaching Narrows Bridge, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre

We went back around the north side of the city and repeated our circuit flight path for a second pass in front of the city.

Perth city, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Kings Park, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. The newly completed inlet at Elizabeth Quay was officially opened three days after this photo, on 29 January 2016. The former unofficial airport at Langley Park is visible at centre right and in the distance is Perth Airport. Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Kings Park, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
The newly completed inlet at Elizabeth Quay was officially opened three days after this photo, on 29 January 2016. The former unofficial airport at Langley Park is visible at centre right and in the distance is Perth Airport.
Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, West Perth, Swan River and South Perth, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over West Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, West Perth, Swan River and South Perth, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over West Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo © David Eyre
Former Maylands Aerodrome (foreground) and Perth Airport (background), Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. The former Maylands Aerodrome still has its aircraft hangars, now used by the Western Australian Police. Maylands was Perth's first official airport (Langley Park was the first airport, unofficially), and operated from January 1924 to June 1963. Perth Airport is visible in the distance - it opened as RAAF Base Guildford in 1942. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. VH-BTP was based at Maylands from 1958-62. Photo © David Eyre
Former Maylands Aerodrome (foreground) and Perth Airport (background), Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
The former Maylands Aerodrome still has its aircraft hangars, now used by the Western Australian Police. Maylands was Perth’s first official airport (Langley Park was the first airport, unofficially), and operated from January 1924 to June 1963. Perth Airport is visible in the distance – it opened as RAAF Base Guildford in 1942. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. VH-BTP was based at Maylands from 1958-62.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine (far left) and VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey (bottom right); with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River, near Belmont Park Racecourse - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying back for another flypast along the city foreshore. In the Oldtimers formation are (L-R): VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-ZUZ Culp Special (MSN CS-1947), flown by Peter Cash; VH-VLF Steen Skybolt (MSN DG001), flown by Roberto Franco; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearmans VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann; and VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine (far left) and VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey (bottom right); with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River, near Belmont Park Racecourse – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying back for another flypast along the city foreshore. In the Oldtimers formation are (L-R): VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-ZUZ Culp Special (MSN CS-1947), flown by Peter Cash; VH-VLF Steen Skybolt (MSN DG001), flown by Roberto Franco; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearmans VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann; and VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, East Perth, and Langley Park, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. In 1919, without official permission, Norman Brearley moved his Avro 504J biplanes and hangar from his initial base base next to Belmont Park Racecourse to the northwest corner of what later became Langley Park. In 1921, Brearley won a tender for the first regular air service in Australia (before Qantas), and based his airline West Australian Airways at Langley Park. It remained in use as an unofficial airport until January 1924, when Maylands Aerodrome opened. Thereafter, it was used occasionally for emergencies and special events, such as fly-ins and the Red Bull Air Race. Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, East Perth, and Langley Park, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
In 1919, without official permission, Norman Brearley moved his Avro 504J biplanes and hangar from his initial base base next to Belmont Park Racecourse to the northwest corner of what later became Langley Park. In 1921, Brearley won a tender for the first regular air service in Australia (before Qantas), and based his airline West Australian Airways at Langley Park. It remained in use as an unofficial airport until January 1924, when Maylands Aerodrome opened. Thereafter, it was used occasionally for emergencies and special events, such as fly-ins and the Red Bull Air Race.
Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, East Perth, and Langley Park, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over the Swan River at East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. In 1919, without official permission, Norman Brearley moved his Avro 504J biplanes and hangar from his initial base base next to Belmont Park Racecourse to the northwest corner of what later became Langley Park. In 1921, Brearley won a tender for the first regular air service in Australia (before Qantas), and based his airline West Australian Airways at Langley Park. It remained in use as an unofficial airport until January 1924, when Maylands Aerodrome opened. Thereafter, it was used occasionally for emergencies and special events, such as fly-ins and the Red Bull Air Race. Photo © David Eyre
Perth city, East Perth, and Langley Park, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over the Swan River at East Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
In 1919, without official permission, Norman Brearley moved his Avro 504J biplanes and hangar from his initial base base next to Belmont Park Racecourse to the northwest corner of what later became Langley Park. In 1921, Brearley won a tender for the first regular air service in Australia (before Qantas), and based his airline West Australian Airways at Langley Park. It remained in use as an unofficial airport until January 1924, when Maylands Aerodrome opened. Thereafter, it was used occasionally for emergencies and special events, such as fly-ins and the Red Bull Air Race.
Photo © David Eyre
Oldtimers formation, over South Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Aircraft in the formation are (L-R): VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearmans VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards and VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; and Boeing Stearman VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann. Wesley College is visible at bottom right. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
Oldtimers formation, over South Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Aircraft in the formation are (L-R): VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearmans VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards and VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; and Boeing Stearman VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann. Wesley College is visible at bottom right. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying towards the Narrows Bridge. The fireworks barges for Skyworks are in a line behind VH-BAR. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying towards the Narrows Bridge. The fireworks barges for Skyworks are in a line behind VH-BAR. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near South Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying towards the Narrows Bridge. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near South Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying towards the Narrows Bridge. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre

After this, at 4pm, we headed west over the Narrows Bridge and the formations separated, flying back to Jandakot in groups or individually. We flew over Fremantle port at 4:11pm, then back to Jandakot, where we landed on runway 24 Right at 4:21pm, and shut down in front of the hangar at 4:25pm.

Oldtimers formation, over South Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Aircraft in the formation are (L-R): VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearmans VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards and VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; and Boeing Stearman VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann. Canning River is visible in the distance. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
Oldtimers formation, over South Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Aircraft in the formation are (L-R): VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearmans VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards and VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; and Boeing Stearman VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann. Canning River is visible in the distance. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River at South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Aircraft in the Oldtimers formation are (L-R): VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearmans VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards and VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; and Boeing Stearman VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River at South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Aircraft in the Oldtimers formation are (L-R): VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearmans VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards and VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; and Boeing Stearman VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River near South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Aircraft in the formation are (L-R): VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearman VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; and Stearmans VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; and VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann. Canning River is visible on the left. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River near South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Aircraft in the formation are (L-R): VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; Boeing Stearman VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; and Stearmans VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; and VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann. Canning River is visible on the left. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River near South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Oldtimers formation, over South Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Aircraft in the formation are (L-R): VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; Boeing Stearman VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; and Stearmans VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; and VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann. Canning River is visible on the left. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, with the Oldtimers formation in the background, over the Swan River near South Perth, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016. Oldtimers formation, over South Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Aircraft in the formation are (L-R): VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81), flown by Adam Gibbs; VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon; Boeing Stearman VH-URC in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards; VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit; VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann, in Japanese markings, flown by Bert Filippi; and Stearmans VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende; and VH-YDF / 4269 / 591, flown by Werner Buhlmann. Canning River is visible on the left. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Perth city and Narrows Bridge are on the left. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Perth city and Narrows Bridge are on the left. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Perth city on the left. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Perth city on the left. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over Charles Court Reserve, Nedlands - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over Charles Court Reserve, Nedlands – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near Point Walter, Bicton, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near Point Walter, Bicton, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near Point Walter, Bicton, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near Point Walter, Bicton, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over David Cruickshank Reserve, Dalkeith - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Swan River in the background. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over David Cruickshank Reserve, Dalkeith – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Swan River in the background. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near Point Resolution Reserve, Dalkeith - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-BAR/A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey, over the Swan River near Point Resolution Reserve, Dalkeith – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying southwest, back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near Point Walter, Bicton, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near Point Walter, Bicton, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over the Swan River near Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near Point Resolution, Dalkeith - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying southwest back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near Point Resolution, Dalkeith – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Flying southwest back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Fremantle Port is visible centre right, with Garden Island above it. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Fremantle Port is visible centre right, with Garden Island above it. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
North Fremantle, East Fremantle and Fremantle city, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Fremantle Port is visible upper right, with Garden Island above it. Photo © David Eyre
North Fremantle, East Fremantle and Fremantle city, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Fremantle Port is visible upper right, with Garden Island above it.
Photo © David Eyre
Indian Ocean and Rottnest Island, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. The small speck at bottom centre is Tiger Moth VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey. Photo © David Eyre
Indian Ocean and Rottnest Island, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Mosman Park, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
The small speck at bottom centre is Tiger Moth VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. At lower right are the cream-coloured buildings of Fremantle Prison, now a tourist attraction. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
At lower right are the cream-coloured buildings of Fremantle Prison, now a tourist attraction. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Heading south, on the way back to Jandakot. At lower left are the cream-coloured buildings of Fremantle Prison, now a tourist attraction, Fremantle Oval just to the right with the markets and hospital nearby. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Heading south, on the way back to Jandakot. At lower left are the cream-coloured buildings of Fremantle Prison, now a tourist attraction, Fremantle Oval just to the right with the markets and hospital nearby. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
Fremantle Port, Rous Head Harbour (right) and Fishing Boat Harbour (left), seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Garden Island at upper left of photo. Photo © David Eyre
Fremantle Port, Rous Head Harbour (right) and Fishing Boat Harbour (left), seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Garden Island at upper left of photo.
Photo © David Eyre
Fishing Boat Harbour (bottom), Challenger Harbour (top), and Bathers Beach (bottom right) seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Photo © David Eyre
Fishing Boat Harbour (bottom), Challenger Harbour (top), and Bathers Beach (bottom right) seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Fremantle, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham with Perth city behind, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. This aircraft was built by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, NSW in 1945, and was delivered to the RAAF as A17-757. It was sold in 1956 and became VH-RNQ with Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow, NSW, but was damaged in 1959 and sold for spares. Barry Markham restored the aircraft in 1991 as VH-NOV and in 1998, set a number of records when he flew it from Perth to London, to raise funds for the RFDS. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, whilst we flew over North Coogee, near Fremantle. Photo © David Eyre
VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham with Perth city behind, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
This aircraft was built by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, NSW in 1945, and was delivered to the RAAF as A17-757. It was sold in 1956 and became VH-RNQ with Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow, NSW, but was damaged in 1959 and sold for spares. Barry Markham restored the aircraft in 1991 as VH-NOV and in 1998, set a number of records when he flew it from Perth to London, to raise funds for the RFDS.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, whilst we flew over North Coogee, near Fremantle.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham with Point Walter in Bicton behind, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. This aircraft was built by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, NSW in 1945, and was delivered to the RAAF as A17-757. It was sold in 1956 and became VH-RNQ with Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow, NSW, but was damaged in 1959 and sold for spares. Barry Markham restored the aircraft in 1991 as VH-NOV and in 1998, set a number of records when he flew it from Perth to London, to raise funds for the RFDS. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, whilst we flew over Hamilton Hill. Photo © David Eyre
VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham with Point Walter in Bicton behind, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
This aircraft was built by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, NSW in 1945, and was delivered to the RAAF as A17-757. It was sold in 1956 and became VH-RNQ with Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow, NSW, but was damaged in 1959 and sold for spares. Barry Markham restored the aircraft in 1991 as VH-NOV and in 1998, set a number of records when he flew it from Perth to London, to raise funds for the RFDS.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, whilst we flew over Hamilton Hill.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths: VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Hamilton Hill, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Heading back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths: VH-NOV (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Hamilton Hill, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Heading back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Hamilton Hill, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Heading back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Hamilton Hill, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Heading back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Hamilton Hill, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Heading back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, over Hamilton Hill, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Heading back to Jandakot. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham with O'Connor and East Fremantle behind, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. This aircraft was built by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, NSW in 1945, and was delivered to the RAAF as A17-757. It was sold in 1956 and became VH-RNQ with Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow, NSW, but was damaged in 1959 and sold for spares. Barry Markham restored the aircraft in 1991 as VH-NOV and in 1998, set a number of records when he flew it from Perth to London, to raise funds for the RFDS. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, whilst we flew over Hamilton Hill. Photo © David Eyre
VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham with O’Connor and East Fremantle behind, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
This aircraft was built by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, NSW in 1945, and was delivered to the RAAF as A17-757. It was sold in 1956 and became VH-RNQ with Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow, NSW, but was damaged in 1959 and sold for spares. Barry Markham restored the aircraft in 1991 as VH-NOV and in 1998, set a number of records when he flew it from Perth to London, to raise funds for the RFDS.
Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, whilst we flew over Hamilton Hill.
Photo © David Eyre
Instrument panel in front cockpit of VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over North Lake - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Heading back to Jandakot at 1,700 feet and 80 knots indicated airspeed, 1880 RPM. Photo © David Eyre
Instrument panel in front cockpit of VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over North Lake – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Heading back to Jandakot at 1,700 feet and 80 knots indicated airspeed, 1880 RPM.
Photo © David Eyre
Jandakot Airport, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Leeming - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View to our right side, on the downwind leg for runway 24R (the nearest one to the camera). Note the rain shower near the hills at upper left of photo. Photo © David Eyre
Jandakot Airport, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Leeming – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View to our right side, on the downwind leg for runway 24R (the nearest one to the camera). Note the rain shower near the hills at upper left of photo.
Photo © David Eyre
Jandakot Airport, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Leeming - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. View to our right side, turning onto the base leg for landing on runway 24R. Photo © David Eyre
Jandakot Airport, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, over Leeming – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
View to our right side, turning onto the base leg for landing on runway 24R.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) flown by Trevor Jones, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Formation approach to land on runway 24R. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) flown by Trevor Jones, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Formation approach to land on runway 24R.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) flown by Trevor Jones, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Formation approach to land on runway 24R. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) flown by Trevor Jones, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Formation approach to land on runway 24R.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) flown by Trevor Jones, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Formation approach to land on runway 24R. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA596/T200) flown by Trevor Jones, seen from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Formation approach to land on runway 24R.
Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BTP / A17-744 (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Taxying in at 4:22pm, after flying as part of the 'Beautiful Biplanes' formation for the Australia Day Air Show over Perth. Photo © Scott Morgan
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BTP / A17-744 (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit; and VH-CKF/A17-421 (MSN DHA596/T200), flown by Trevor Jones, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Taxying in at 4:22pm, after flying as part of the ‘Beautiful Biplanes’ formation for the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016 over Perth.
Photo © Scott Morgan
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit, at Jandakot Airport - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Taxying in at 4:22pm, after flying as part of the 'Beautiful Biplanes' formation for the Australia Day Air Show over Perth. Photo © Scott Morgan
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, with David Eyre of AAWA in the front cockpit, at Jandakot Airport – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Taxying in at 4:22pm, after flying as part of the ‘Beautiful Biplanes’ formation for the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016 over Perth.
Photo © Scott Morgan

The author would like to sincerely thank Archie Dudgeon and Clark Rees for making this memorable flight possible.

List of aircraft in ‘Beautiful Biplanes’ formation, third on the air show schedule, due over the city at 4pm:

  • De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths:
    • VH-FAS/A17-37 (which had mechanical issues and had to taxy back before we took off);
    • VH-CKF / A17-421, flown by Trevor Jones;
    • VH-BTP / A17-744, flown by Clark Rees (with me aboard as an operational lookout);
    • VH-NOV, flown by Barry Markham;
    • VH-BAR / A17-666, flown by Kevin Bailey;
    • VH-AMW / A17-208, flown by Chris Shine,
  • Christen Eagle II: VH-BQO, flown by Adam Gibbs
  • Steen Skybolt: VH-VLF, flown by Roberto Franco
  • Culp Special: VH-ZUZ, flown by Peter Cash

Oldtimer formation included:

  • VH-YDF / 4269 / 591 Boeing B75N1 (N2S-3) Stearman flown by Werner Buhlmann
  • VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” Boeing E75 (N2S-5) Stearman in US Navy markings, flown by Carl Ende
  • VH-URC Boeing A75N1 Stearman (PT-17 Kaydet) in US Army Air Corps markings, flown by Rod Edwards
  • VH-KIL / “14” CASA 1-131E Jungmann (a Spanish-built version of a German-designed aircraft, painted to represent the Japanese Kokusai Ki-86), flown by Bert Filippi
  • VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C, flown by Archie Dudgeon
  • VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, flown by Franc Smit.
  • VH-FID Beech D.18S, flown by Stuart Adamson, with AAWA’s Keith Anderson aboard

Aircraft Histories

VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees.

  • Built by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, New South Wales in 1944.
  • To RAAF in 1944, allocated serial number A17-744.
  • Sold and registered 16.12.55 as VH-BTP to H J C Hanrahan, Albany, WA
  • Registered 12.9.58 to R C Currell, Maylands, WA
  • Registered 21.10.59 to John Forrest Pty Ltd, Maylands, WA
  • Crashed 20.7.62 Carnamah, WA – reg cancelled 8.1.63.
  • Returned to register 21.12.88 as VH-BTP to McAllister Prospecting Pty Ltd, Augusta, WA
  • Registered 22.9.93 to J.R.H. Nominees Pty Ltd, Como, WA
  • Registered 6.2.95 to Clark R Rees, Inglewood, WA.

VH-BAR /A17-666 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA816/T342) owned by Kevin Bailey, of Mundijong, WA

  • Built by DeHavilland Aircraft at Bankstown, NSW in August 1943.
  • Originally built for South Africa as DX759, but delivered to RAAF and allocated serial A17-666.
  • One of the last RAAF Tiger Moths to be sold, it was registered VH-BAR on 7.7.1958 by Walgett Aero Club, although at the time the manufacturer’s plate was misread and the DHA rebuild number of “T342” was given as “1342” to Dept of Civil Aviation, an incorrect c/n that the machine carries to this day.
  • 16.4.1963 registered to Lloyd F Parsons, Coonamble (and later Cooma), NSW.
  • 13.1.1966 registered to Mr W.A. Thorp, Murrumburra, NSW.
  • 18.3.1967 registered to Coonamble Flying Group, Coonamble, NSW.
  • 15.4.1969 registered to Paul M Lefebvre, Coonamble, NSW.
  • 15.10.1973 registered to Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, Jandakot, WA.
  • June 1975 purchased by Kevin Bailey, Dianella, WA
  • 22.9.1975 registered to Kevin Bailey of Dianella, (later Mundijong), WA.
  • Restored in June 1977.

VH-CKF/A17-421 De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth (cn DHA596/T200) of Royal Aero Club of WA Inc          

  • Built by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, New South Wales in 1941.
  • Ordered for Rhodesia as DX535 but taken on RAAF charge on 4 October 1941 as A17-421.
  • Acquired by Dept of Civil Aviation from RAAF stock and converted for civil use with a raked-forward undercarriage which permitted the use of a tailwheel and wheel brakes. It was registered to DCA as VH-AZL on 26 June 1947. At the time of its initial conversion, or shortly afterwards, it was fitted with a canopy of a style developed by De Havilland Canada.
  • Following a change of policy, it was re-registered in DCA’s block as VH-CAG on 4 May 1949. It was allocated to DCA’s Western Australia Region.
  • Suffered undercarriage collapse at Maylands whilst still fitted with canopy.
  • By 6 April 1957, the canopy had been removed, and the aircraft was used by DCA to test prospective aerial agriculture pilots.
  • Sold to the Gliding Association of Western Australia on 5 April 1960 for £450.
  • Reregistered 7.7.60 as VH-TUG Gliding Association of Western Australia Inc, Doubleview, WA.
  • Registered 30.9.65 to Gliding Club of Western Australia Inc. , Bedford Park, WA
  • Reregistered 23.10.65 as VH-CKF to The Gliding Club of Western Australia Inc., Bedford Park, WA.
  • Registered 2.4.66 to E R Cusack, Kellerberrin, WA.
  • Registered 11.8.68 to GR & M Lawrence, Benjaberring, WA.
  • Registered 24.4.72 to Narrogin Flying Club Inc, Narrogin, WA.
  • Damaged 8.10.77 25km N of Merredin, WA – pilot had navigation problem and made hurried precautionary landing, forgot wind and landed downwind – undercarriage collapsed. Cancelled from register 20.10.77.
  • Returned to register 2.2.78 to Narrogin Flying Club Inc, Narrogin, WA.
  • Accident 5.4.80 at Narrogin, WA. Dual check flight – pilot bounced landing, and when pilot in command tried to apply brakes, lever was jammed.
  • Accident 2.10.82 at Gabyong, WA – landed on road due to weather. Pilot later attempted takeoff but aircraft would not climb away. Takeoff aborted and aircraft touched down again, control was lost and aircraft hit tree with right wing.
  • Registered 28.8.86 to Reg Adkins (ex MMA DC-3, F27 & F28 pilot).
  • Registered 23.11.95 to Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc. Now in RAAF markings as A17-421, named “Shirley Adkins”.

VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1088) owned by Barry Markham, named “Margery”.

  • Built by DeHavilland Aircraft at Bankstown, NSW in 1945.
  • To RAAF as A17-757.
  • First registered 10.6.1956 as VH-RNQ to Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow, NSW.
  • Damaged 27.02.1959, and sold for spares.
  • Restored and reregistered as VH-NOV on 30 Oct 1991, to Barry Markham, Floreat, WA.
  • Damaged 5 Aug 1995 – was taxiing back to the parking area when it collided with Cessna A152 VH-UWC of Royal Aero Club, which was stationary on the taxiway. The pilot of VH-NOV reported that his vision was restricted by the sun which was shining directly into his eyes.
  • Set a number of records in its class when it flew Perth to London in May-June 1998 to raise funds for the RFDS.

VH-AMW / A17-208 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA209) owned by Chris Shine, of Dardanup, WA

  • Built by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, NSW in 1940.
  • Delivered to RAAF as A17-208.
  • Registered 24.4.1946 as VH-AMW to Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, based at Maylands.
  • Registered 25.2.1957 to Robert S Couper, Albany, WA.
  • Registered Sep 1960 to Bob Couper & Co, Cunderdin, WA.
  • Registered 31 Oct 1963 to Allan F Mather, Kellerberrin, WA.
  • Registered 1 Dec 1965 to M L Vidler, Mileura Station, near Cue, WA.
  • Registered 11 July 1967 to Lance Lime Co, Bunbury, WA.
  • Substantially dmamaged 6.4.1974 at Bunbury – during taxying, a gust of wind pointed the nose towards parked aircraft and it collided with them due to no brakes.
  • Registered 18.6.1974 to Stanley V Haoust, Bunbury, WA.
  • Withdrawn from use and cancelled from register 15.7.1976.
  • Returned to register 6.5.1981 to Stanley V Haoust, Bunbury, WA
  • Registered 11.2.1994 to Chrishine Nominees Pty Ltd, trading as Shine Aviation Services, Geraldton, WA.
  • Damaged 2.4.1994 at Geraldton – Whilst operating from a paddock sheltered from the prevailing winds, the pilot took off with a tail wind. Once airborne, the aircraft did not accelerate and the pilot elected to land in another paddock rather than try to avoid approaching wires. The aircraft went through an old fence during the landing roll.
  • Registered 5.5.2006 to Shine Air, Geraldton, WA and later Dardanup, WA.