De Havilland Vampire T Mk35 advanced trainer of the RAAF Historic Flight during a low pass at Tamworth Air Show, April 1992. A79-636 was flown by the Historic Flight from 1988 until 1997, then retired to Point Cook RAAF Museum as it neared the end of its design fatigue life.
If I ever make a list of “things I never expected to see”, this aircraft will be right up there. The Soviet Bloc’s best known Cold War fighter, in private hands, at a country air show, in Australia.
This is ex-Polish MiG 21 UM VH-XXI, painted as IAF “U2146”, at Tamworth in October 1994. It was one of two MiG 21s brought to this country, apparently with the intention of winning a dissimilar aircraft combat training contract with the RAAF. The MiG 21 UM was at Bankstown, and is now (2014) at Fighter World, Williamtown NSW. Its single seat sister ship was stored in NZ. A very impressive aeroplane in flight.