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.