Hercules transport aircraft have shared the tarmac at RAAF Base Richmond with motorcycles, cars, and a boat for the first Show and Shine event at No. 37 Squadron.

On August 21, technicians at the squadron showcased their vehicles in front of the No. 37 Squadron hangar. 

With a C-130J Hercules as the backdrop, the event had plenty of tarmac space to ensure social distancing, while allowing squadron members to show off their vehicles.

Commanding Officer No. 37 Squadron Wing Commander Ben Christie said the event was a simple means of boosting morale during challenging times.

“We ask a lot from our workforce, especially when it comes to spending extended periods of time away from home and supporting Hercules missions around the globe,” Wing Commander Christie said.

“When members deploy, they’re not only leaving their loved ones and friends behind, but their hobbies and passions that help them unwind and enjoy themselves.”

Wing Commander Christie said there was an opportunity in their schedule to support the event. 

“In the current environment, opportunities to congregate and show off your hard work is rare, so we were pleased to make this happen in a socially distanced manner,” he said. 

“Seeing someone’s restored Falcon parked across the tarmac from one of our Hercules brought a smile to a lot of faces.”

The idea for the event came from Corporal Steven Wilson, a maintenance coordinator at No. 37 Squadron.

Corporal Wilson said it started when the squadron had a ride-to-work Friday. 

“There was often a chance for us to get together and have a look at each other’s bikes, and some people at the squadron with cars said they wanted to get involved too,” Corporal Wilson said.

“We had a test run for a Show and Shine in the car park, and then we wrote to the Commanding Officer asking if we could do it on the flightline.”