Warbirds Downunder will spread its wings in 2015
November 21st 2015 is the date set to stage the Temora Aviation Museum’s 3rd biennial airshow “Warbirds Downunder”.
The airshow will be a full day of entertainment with over 50 Warbird aircraft from all over the country taking part in the non-stop flying program. In previous years this event has attracted thousands of spectators and Warbirds Downunder 2015 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before.
Temora Shire Council Mayor, Cr Rick Firman had this to say about the announcement of Warbirds Downunder 2015. “Temora Shire is proud to again support Warbirds Downunder 2015, hosted by the Temora Aviation Museum. The significance of this event cannot be understated. When one analyses the economic benefits for Temora Shire, they are astounding, but it is not just Temora Shire that reaps the rewards of Warbirds Downunder, it is also a major boon for the entire Riverina Region, in many and varied ways. This is one of Australia’s major aviation events; Temora Shire is honoured to have such a major event, here in our special community”.
Temora will experience an influx of visitors during the Warbirds Downunder Airshow, with many of them wanting to stay on site at the aerodrome. The Temora Shire Council has partnered with the Temora Aviation Museum to ensure everyone who wants the full Warbirds Downunder experience, can. In anticipation of the demand, the booking process for the both the aerodrome camping and the event ticketing will be managed by TicketDirect.
Tickets are scheduled to be released at 10am Tuesday 5th May 2015, and will include premium ticketing options which are expected to be popular. Staying on site at the aerodrome will again be extremely popular and visitors are urged not to call the Temora Shire Offices to make reservations for the airfield camping sites. TicketDirect will be handling all bookings when tickets go on sale May 5th 2015, for more information visit the Warbirds Downunder website.
With just over 12 months until Warbirds Downunder Airshow 2015, visitors have plenty of time to plan their trip to Temora. For all of the current information about this amazing event and to stay up to date as new information comes to hand, visit the Warbirds Downunder 2015 website.
The Temora Aviation Museum has partnered with the Young District Arts Council to host a concert themed on Australia’s History Of War. The performance at the Museum will be the first in a series of three concerts designed to evoke the unmistakable spirit and emotion of the WWII era. The Temora aerodrome is a befitting location given its rich historical links with WWII when it was home to No.10 Elementary Flying Training School from 1940 through to the end of the war.
As the audience sit in the Museum’s display hangar, nestled amongst some of the world’s rarest and most unique WWII warbird aircraft, they will be treated to a variety of performances, including music, dance, poetry and letter readings that set the scene for one of the most influential times in Australian history. The Young District Arts Council are excited to bring the concert to the Temora Aviation Museum and are currently polishing the performance to ensure an evening of quality entertainment.
Lauren Frith, Concert Director from Young District Arts Council, said “The Temora concert is coming together just nicely, we are now in the final days of preparations and full dress rehearsals. Tickets are selling well but we are looking to fill this magnificent venue. Where else can you be surrounded by such history whilst enjoying a concert performance?”
The Temora concert will coincide with the ‘Fighters’ themed Aircraft Showcase on 18th October which will feature the Museum’s Boomerang and Meteor. Be a part of this special experience by visiting Temora on October 18th for Aircraft Showcase from 10am to 4pm, and then stay for the concert that evening. The concert commences at 7pm and the Museum Mess Hall will be open for drinks and snacks.
Tickets for the concert can be purchased from the Museum or online at the Young District Arts Council website or by calling the Museum, this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something special.
The Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia (V.S.C.C.A.) will descend on the Temora Aviation Museum this Saturday, 20th September, as part their 70th Anniversary Rally.
99 vintage and classic cars, ranging from the early 1900’s through to the 1930’s, will join the 70th Anniversary Rally as the V.S.C.C.A. celebrates this significant milestone. The Temora Aviation Museum will host the rally during Aircraft Showcase and these rare and beautiful vehicles will be on display within the Museum grounds providing visitors to Aircraft Showcase the opportunity to view the vehicles up close and talk with the owners about their pride and joy.
A selection of rally vehicles, representative of significant moments in the clubs 70 year history, will join the Museum’s aircraft on the flight line, the combination of aircraft and automobiles will make for a unique photo opportunity as rally organiser, David Stuart, provides commentary on the vehicles’ history and significance.
David Stuart said “Our members are really looking forward to attending the Temora Aviation Museum Aircraft Showcase. The enthusiasm shown by the Museum to involve our club in the Aircraft Showcase program is outstanding. We look forward seeing the wonderful displays of warbird aircraft and are grateful for the opportunity to showcase our members’ vintage and classic cars to the visiting public.”
The Aircraft Showcase program will feature the Museum’s Spitfire, Boomerang, and Sabre alongside Al Arthur’s visiting P-40 Kittyhawk. Doors open at 10.00am with the flying display commencing at 11.45am. Some of the V.S.C.C.A. vehicles include:
• 1909 S.C.A.T. 25/35
• 1918 C4 Amilcar
• 1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
• 1922 Delage Hispano Aero Special
• 1923 30-98 Vauxhall
• 1924 Lancia lambda
• 1924 AM Hotchkiss
• 1924 Sunbeam
• 1925 Mercedes Crossley Special
• 1926 Type 37A Bugatti
• 1928 12/50 Alvis
• 1229 Speed 6 Bentley
• 1933 MG L Magna MG
Temora Aviation Museum will host the Young District Arts Council with a WWII concert as part of a 4 concert series in the Riverina.
The Aviation Museum was the natural choice as the location of a WWII themed concert. With its rich links to WWII when it was home to an Elementary Flying Training School, the Museum felt that it was fitting and appropriate to be involved. The Young District Arts Council is producing a series of four concerts based around the subjects of WWI, WWII, Prisoners of War and the Light Horse Brigade.
The Temora concert will feature music, theatre, dance, singing and poetry. The Temora concert will coincide with the ‘Fighters’ themed Aircraft Showcase on 18th October which will feature the Museum’s Boomerang, Sabre and Meteor. Never before has the Temora Aviation Museum embarked on such a special experience, those attending will be treated to the spectacular ambiance of being surrounded by WWII Warbird Aircraft, theatrical lighting and quality performances put together by the Young District Arts Council.
Lauren Frith of the Young District Arts Council and director of the concert said “We are so excited to be a part of this unique experience. When we approached the Temora Aviation Museum to host the concert we were not sure what to expect, but as it turns out they have been super supportive and have been bending over backwards to make this event a success. The Young District Arts Council is so grateful for this opportunity and just hopes that we can attract a big audience to justify the effort which has gone into the concert.” Tickets for the concert can be purchased from the Museum. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something special.
SHOOT! Warbird Photography Workshop
The first SHOOT! Photography Workshop will be held this weekend in conjunction with Aircraft Showcase. After announcing this new innovation during August it sold out within a matter of hours, consequently the Museum announced two more workshops to take place prior to Christmas with all vacancies also filled.
SHOOT! is a unique Warbird photography workshop designed for photographers of all abilities. Whether you’re a hobbyist, student, emerging or a professional photographer, SHOOT! provides an opportunity to capture stunning images from exclusive vantage points and advance your technical ability. Hosted at the Temora Aviation Museum, SHOOT! educates photographers with the best techniques for aviation photography.
Utilising a selection of the Museum’s premier collection of Warbird aircraft you will receive hands-on tuition from internationally acclaimed photographer, Penelope Beveridge We will continue to release more dates for the Shoot! Experience to take place in 2015, if you would like to register your interest contact the Museum on 0269771088, email or check out the information pack at the Museum website
Aircraft Showcase – Frontline Fighters
Aircraft Showcase will feature the Museum’s Spitfire, Boomerang and Sabre as Frontline Fighters. Allan Arthur will again be showing his support for the Museum by bringing his P-40 Kittyhawk from Albury to participate.
The spring weather is well and truly here making it the perfect time of year to get in the car and head to Temora for a great day out. Combine the line-up of warbird aircraft with the display of classic and vintage from the Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia (V.S.C.C.A.) and Saturday’s Aircraft Showcase will be like stepping back to the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and beyond.
SHOOT! Warbird Photography Workshop
Calling all photographers, the Temora Aviation Museum is excited to announce an exciting new initiative “SHOOT!”. SHOOT! is a unique Warbird photography workshop designed for photographers of all abilities. Whether you’re a hobbyist, student, emerging or a professional photographer, SHOOT! provides an opportunity to capture stunning images from exclusive vantage points and advance your technical ability. Hosted at the Temora Aviation Museum, SHOOT! educates photographers with the best techniques for aviation photography. Utilising a selection of the Museum’s premier collection of Warbird aircraft you will receive hands-on tuition from internationally acclaimed photographer, Penelope Beveridge. Penelope said “Aviation photography provides an opportunity for all photographers to capture unique images. Good aviation photography, however, requires a degree of technical know-how as well as basic knowledge of the equipment used on the day.” This intensive 3 day course provide access to a range of Warbird aircraft in special locations & lighting conditions, allowing you to perfect your airshow photography skills. You’ll learn the best compositional methods for shooting aircraft both in the air and on ground, adjusting camera controls, correct lens selection and handling, positioning to capture the entire aircraft, working with natural and artificial lighting, selecting the best camera modes, using filters and polarisers for the sky, capturing wake, camera control with fast-moving subjects, handling bright backgrounds, dealing with movement, propeller blur, ISO and capture formats… plus much more! Numbers are limited so for more information or to book your spot contact the Museum on 0269771088, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the information pack at www.aviationmuseum.com/shoot .
Iroquois to attend next Aircraft Showcase
The RAN Historic Flight’s Bell UH-1C Iroquois, affectionately known as the ‘Huey’, will make the trip to Temora for Aircraft Showcase on Saturday, 16th August. With the theme being Vietnam, Long Tan the Huey will fit right in amongst the other displaying aircraft, A-37B Dragonfly, Birddog, Cessna 0-2A, T-28 Trojan and RAAF CA-27 Sabre. Those who have seen the Huey display will certainly know that it is a very capable machine and that it puts on a very entertaining display as it showcases those capabilities. Pilot, CMDR RANR Stuart Harwood, from the RAN Historic Flight said “our crew is looking forward to getting back down to Temora on 16th August because the Aircraft Showcase format allows us to not only demonstrate this historically significant aircraft but also talk to the people on the ground”.
Anne racks up 10,000 hours
Long serving volunteer, Anne Widdows, has recently achieved 10,000 hours of voluntary service at the Temora Aviation Museum. Anne joined the volunteer program 13 years ago after falling in love with what was then a small collection of aircraft at the Museum. Anne has met some interesting people during her time volunteering at the Museum, including Australian entrepreneur, Dick Smith, the last man to walk on the moon in the Apollo 17 mission, Captain Eugene Cernan, and the first man to break the sound barrier, General Chuck Yeager. Chief Executive of the Museum Kenny Love said, “the Museum has many wonderful volunteers as part of the volunteer program. Volunteering is incredibly important for the Australian way of life, and people like Anne are what have made the Museum what it is today”. If you are interested in joining the volunteer program at the Museum give us a call and ask to speak with the volunteer coordinator or download an application form from our website.
Sabre returns to the skies at this Saturday’s Aircraft Showcase
The RAAF CA-27 Sabre will return to the skies over Temora this Saturday 5th July as it takes part in Aircraft Showcase – “WWII to Korea”. This will be the Sabre’s first flight since early April and Squadron Leader Paul Simmons is looking forward to getting back in the seat again. Accompanying the Sabre this Saturday will be Temora Aviation Museum’s Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI and Lockheed Hudson, conditions will be cool but great flying weather is forecast.
For more details go to Aircraft Showcase
“Winging It” is a recent popular addition to the Aircraft Showcase program, “Winging It” affords visitors the opportunity to interact with select aviation guest speakers. The Q&A session allows the guest speaker to share their experiences and related stories accompanied with a photographic presentation.
This Saturdays edition of “Winging It” will feature Squadron Leader Paul Simmons , Paul is a current serving RAAF F/A-18 Hornet Fighter Combat Instructor and has a very intriguing and interesting aviation career. Following Winging It will be the commencement of the flying program and of course the popular Engineering Hangar Tour with the pilots and engineers on hand to answer any questions, demonstrate current maintenance programs and get you closer to the aircraft.
Centenary First Airmail Flight Australia
In July 1914 The French aviator Maurice Guillaux carried 1,785 specially prepared and numbered postcards from Melbourne to Sydney, taking 2 days 5 hours and 43 minutes. It was the longest airmail journey in the world at the time.
The Aviation Historical Society of NSW is coordinating a major re-enactment flight and 1,785 numbered postcards, based on the originals, will be carried on various aircraft during the re-enactment. The Museum’s beautiful Ryan STM historic open cockpit aircraft is taking part by carrying the mail bag from Wagga Wagga arriving in Temora around 1200 pm on Sunday 13th July. The mail bag will then be handed over for the next leg of the flight to neighbouring Harden before leap frogging its way to Sydney.
In 2010 Australia Post released stamps which celebrated the centenary of powered flight in Australia and asked the Museum to take part in a flight from Wagga to Temora as part of Australia Post’s official release of three stamps which featured pioneer aviators Harry Houdini, John Duigan and Colin DeFries.
For more details go to Australia’s First Air Mail
Temora Aviation Museum Proudly Supports Anzac Day Services across the Riverina
Temora Aviation Museum aircraft will take part in Anzac Day ceremonies all over the Riverina this Friday by performing fly-pasts in honour of the men and woman who served our great country. The Temora Aviation Museum’s Mk XVI Spitfire, Wirraway and Cessna O-2A will participate in Anzac Day services at Temora, Springdale, Ardlethan, Ariah Park, Coolamon, Junee, Urinquinty & Cootamundra. Temora Aviation Museum President and Founder Mr David Lowy AM, said “It is an honour for the Museum to be involved in Anzac Day services. By conducting these fly pasts, it is our aim to recognise those who have served in defence of Australia during conflict and times of peace.” The Temora Aviation Museum collects and maintains in airworthy condition, historical military aircraft types flown by, or in conjunction with, Australian military forces. The Museum aims to honour men and women, like the many Anzacs, who contributed during times of war. As part of this acknowledgment the Museum has interviewed hundreds of ex-service men and women as part of the Museum’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ project. This exhibition provides a biographical database which documents the stories and recollections that are vital to the pioneering spirit of Australia’s military aviation heritage. As a sign of respect, the Museum will not open to the public until midday on Anzac Day.
Temora to support Wings Over Illawarra
The busy start to the year will continue with the Museum supporting the popular event hosted by the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS), “Wings Over Illawarra” at the Illawarra airport on Sunday May 4th. The Temora Aviation Museum’s Mk VIII Spitfire and Lockheed Hudson will join the activities which will include everything from aerobatic, historic, modern and military aircraft displays along with Defence Force exhibits, freestyle motocross displays, classis cars and bikes, amusement rides and merchandise and food stalls. Wings Over Illawarra will be welcoming former RAAF fighter pilot and Red Bull Air Race competitor Matt Hall to display, this is promised to a great day out for the entire family. For more information visit HARS
Trainers to Fighters will be featured on the 3rd of May as part of Aircraft Showcase. The day will start with the Ryan STM Trainer and progress through to the Boomerang with the ever popular Spitfire completing the flying program with its trademark display. Those wanting the full Aircraft Showcase experience are encouraged to hang around and chat with the engineering team as part of Engineering Talk, this is your opportunity to learn more about the aircraft maintenance operations here at the Museum and the projects currently taking place in the engineering facility. For all of the Aircraft Showcase dates visit the Museum website.
Mothers Day Special
Want to impress Mum this Mother’s Day, why not explore the Museum’s online shop for that perfect present. Up until Mother’s Day if you spend $50 or more on the Museum’s online shop you will receive an annual pass to the Museum valued at $50. Some wonderful new items have just arrived so go to the online shop to find that unique present for that special mum this Mothers Day.
The Temora Aviation Museum welcomes the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia (AAAA) for their 40 year celebration fly-in.
Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia Descend on the Temora Aviation Museum
It is expected that more than 150 antique, classic, contemporary & warbird aircraft will fly into Temora this weekend for the AAAA’s annual fly-in which will celebrate 40 years of operation for the club. Members will travel from as far as Queensland and Western Australia with some very special aircraft assured to be in attendance. The antique, classic, contemporary & warbird aircraft will begin to arrive on Friday 28th and depart on Sunday 30th March. Although the fly-in will not include any official flying displays there will be plenty of action with so many arriving and departing aircraft as well as unique aircraft to view on the ground. Visitors to the Museum will be able to use the train shuttle service, which is provided free of charge, to see the aircraft up close and tour the flight line. Chief Executive of the Museum Kenny Love said “we welcome all members associated with the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia; it will be exciting to see so many rare and unique aircraft descend on Temora which is an airfield with so much history. This is a great opportunity for enthusiasts to look at aircraft of all types”. The Museum’s exhibition spaces will be open from 10am each day with the entire collection available for inspection and the Mess Hall will operational selling food and drinks. Entry is via the Temora Aviation Museum located at 1 Tom Moon Avenue and admission applies.
April Aircraft Showcase
Centenary of Military Aviation Airshow “Point Cook”
With the Point Cook Centenary of Military Aviation only three days away the Museum’s engineers have been busily preparing the four aircraft participating in the centenary celebrations this Saturday and Sunday, 1st & 2nd of March. The Museum’s engineering team are currently putting the finishing touches on the Meteor annual inspection and after a high powered engine run today they will have it buttoned up and serviceable for the trip to Point Cook on Friday.
The other three aircraft participating, the Hudson, Spitfire and RAAF Sabre are all serviceable and ready to perform at the major celebrations of the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force). The Chief Executive of the Temora Aviation Museum, Kenny Love said “With the RAAF heavily supporting events such as Warbirds Downunder it is good to be able to repay the favour by taking four aircraft from our collection to Point Cook to help the RAAF celebrate such a momentous occasion. 100 years of Military Aviation in Australia should be celebrated and let’s hope that we can do it in style with favourable weather conditions forecast. I could not think of a more appropriate place to celebrate than Point Cook, the oldest continually operating Military airfield in the world”.
One of the major attractions and on display for the first time at the Centenary of Military Aviation Air Show 2014 will be a newly built replica of a Bristol BoxKite aeroplane. The Bristol BoxKite was the first military aircraft flown in Australia at RAAF Point Cook, on 1 March 1914. No original Bristol BoxKite aircraft survive today, so this will be a unique opportunity to see the BoxKite in its natural environment where its life began 100 years to the day.
The following Sunday 9th March the Temora Aviation Museum will trek across the bay to the small country town of Tyabb for the 2014 Tyabb (A Salute to Veterans) Airshow. The Tyabb Airshow is a biennial event operated by the Peninsula Aero Club. The entire event is staged by the club members, all of whom are volunteers and the Museum has been supporting this airshow since its inception.
The Museum’s Spitfire and the RAAF Sabre will remain in Melbourne after Point Cook to display at Tyabb and both will be joined by the CA-13 Boomerang. The Museum Promotions Shop will be attending both airshows so make sure that you come and say G’day.
Craig Sinclair the Museum’s Education Coordinator will be present at both airshows so it is a great opportunity come and have a chat to Craig and learn more about the fantastic facilitated education programs run by the Museum. We have had schools participate in excursions from as far as Canberra and Randwick in Sydney so if you think that you child’s school may be interested in incorporating an educational and interactive experience to the Museum in their next field trip, then come and get all of the information from Craig.
Save the Date
Mark down 29th March in your Calendar because the AAAA (Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia) are celebrating 40 Years of operation. Antique aircraft from all over Australia will descend on Temora airfield from Friday 28th March for a weekend full of celebration.
Fighters and Attack to feature at this Saturdays Aircraft Showcase
This Saturday 1st February the Temora Aviation Museum will host the first instalment of Aircraft Showcase for 2014, we are kicking the year off in class with Fighters and Attack as the theme. The headline act is the RAAF Sabre which has not flown since November 2013 at Warbirds Downunder and has just undergone a major service by our team of engineers. Joining the Sabre will be the Museum’s Boomerang, MkVIII Spitfire and to round out the nostalgic line-up of aircraft Allan Arthur will be also attending in his P-40 Kittyhawk.
Students challenged to make history
The Make History Challenge is an online video contest that tasks students to get creative and showcase their talents in historical research, script-writing, drama and multimedia production. Students are challenged to produce a 3 to 4 minute multimedia presentation that describes what it was like to support the Australian war effort through the Air Force or on the home front during World War II.
Shortlisted entries will be put to the public vote on Facebook, giving school students across NSW and the ACT the opportunity to pitch their talents against each other for the chance to win an overnight excursion package worth $3,000. The prize includes fuel, accommodation, food, activities and a facilitated education program at the Temora Aviation Museum.
We have posted demonstration videos on our YouTube page to give students a head start in the Make History Challenge. The demonstration videos were made by Year 9 students at Temora High School and are accompanied by a short film in which the students share their video-making experience with prospective entrants.
The Make History Challenge is open to Stage 3 and Stage 5 students in NSW and the ACT. We are encouraging teachers to register now and download the information pack which contains everything needed to get started.
Entries close Friday, 21st March, 2014. The best entries will also be featured in an exciting new Museum exhibition to be launched in mid-2014.
The Museum Welcomes a New Team Member
Commencing at the beginning of this year the Museum’s engineering team has been bolstered with the recruitment of an apprentice Engineer. Brenden Maxwell has been a regular at the Museum since he completed his first work placement with us two years ago as an eager Year 10 student from Cootamundra High School. Brenden’s enthusiasm left a lasting impression and he continued to volunteer at the Museum on weekends and even during school holidays under the Museum’s volunteer program. When a vacancy became available on the Museum’s engineering team it was a natural progression to offer the apprenticeship to Brenden.
Brenden said “It’s a great privilege to be joining the engineering team here at the Museum, it is one of the most unique places to work and I am excited for the challenges which lay ahead as I learn more about these Warbird aircraft”.
Engineering Team Gearing Up for another Big Year
With only a short break over the Christmas period the engineering team have been busy behind the scenes preparing aircraft for the ‘Centenary of Military Aviation Airshow’ to be held on the Historic RAAF Williams Base at Point Cook, Victoria on Saturday, 1st and Sunday, 2nd March. The one hundred year celebration of Military Aviation of the RAAF Airshow is followed by the biennial Tyabb Airshow scheduled for the following Sunday, March 9th in Tyabb Victoria
The RAAF Sabre, Spitfire, Meteor and Hudson will make the trip to Point Cook with the Sabre and Spitfire staying in Melbourne for the Tyabb Airshow. The Boomerang will join the Spitfire and RAAF Sabre for Tyabb Airshow the following Sunday.