Cunderdin Airfield

History Of Strip

WW I plane at Cunderdin Airfield

Cunderdin Airfield lies to the north of the town and was constructed early in World War II as an elementary training school for ab initio pilots for the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS). The facility comprised a large airfield, hangars and technical huts together with a main base camp further to the east. Towards the end of the war, after sufficient pilots had been trained for both EATS and RAAF requirements in the South West Pacific, the airfield was used as an operational base for heavy bombers in connection with the campaign against the Japanese occupied Netherlands East Indies.

Following the war the base was used as a migrant camp and in 1957 the Commonwealth began disposing of some assets at the base and ownership of some of the buildings passed into private hands including the Gliding Club of WA which purchased Building 109. The original airfield comprised three main areas - the Movement Area, the Hangar Area and the Camp Area. The Camp Area is no longer a part of the airfield and now houses the Agricultural College. In 1992 the remaining land at the airfield (but excluding land for the Junior Agricultural High School and some other adjustments) was transferred to the Shire of Cunderdin under a special agreement with the Commonwealth.

Cunderdin Airshow

It’s important for rural communities to have an event that identifies them separately from other similar towns and for the Shire of Cunderdin it’s the Cunderdin Airshow. The inaugural event was held in 2003 with more than 11,000 people attending. The second Airshow, held two years later, featured the world’s greatest aerobatic pilot, Jurgis Kairys – who wowed spectators with his range of daring aerial stunts.

Gliding Club Of WA

The Gliding Club of WA was established in 1944 and is the longest established Gliding Club in the State. The club moved to the Cunderdin Airfield in 1959 and has been housed there ever since.

The Club flies every Saturday and Sunday weather permitting and during summer and holiday periods they may also run various courses. You can take part in a joy flight, undergo training to become a solo gliding pilot or join the many gliding enthusiasts at the Club.

For more information on the Gliding Club of WA please phone 0409 683 159 or visit their website www.glidingwa.com.au.

Automatic Weather Station (AWS)

The Bureau of Meteorology has an Automatic Weather Station (AWS) set up at the airstrip to monitor rainfall, temperature and other weather information. You can access local weather information gathered from this station through the Bureau website - http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDW60801/IDW60801.95625.shtml

Gliding Club (credit Leanne Bates)