80th Anniversary of the Spitfire to be commemorated this Saturday at Aircraft Showcase
“At 4.30pm on 5th March 1936 the prototype Supermarine Spitfire piloted by “Mutt” Summers took off on its maiden flight from Eastleigh Aerodrome, Southampton, heralding a new era in the history of the RAF and in aircraft design. The Spitfire was revolutionary for its day and it was R.J Mitchell, whose experience in high speed aircraft design through the Schneider Trophy seaplanes, who brought together all the technological advances it incorporated.
Mitchell continued to refine the aircraft’s design until his untimely death in 1937, with this design evolution eventually ran to twenty four different marks powered by both the Rolls Royce Merlin and Griffon engines. Point defence interceptor, fighter bomber, high altitude unarmed reconnaissance aircraft, bomber escort and more, the Spitfire flew with over thirty six air arms from its introduction with No.19 Squadron RAF at Duxford in 1938 until its withdrawal in June 1957.
Even then it was not over as a Spitfire flew trials against the supersonic English Electric Lightning jet fighter in 1962. Gaining its legendary status during the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire flew on every continent and in combat theatres throughout Europe, Russia, The Mediterranean, China/Burma/India and the Pacific.
The RAAF operated over 650 Mk.V and Mk.VIII Spitfires in the defence of Australia and through the North Western areas against Japanese forces. Australian household names such as Bobby Gibbes, Clive Caldwell and Bluey Truscott all flew the Spitfire on operations both in Australia and overseas.
Today two airworthy Spitfires remain in Australia; both are part of the collection of the Temora Aviation Museum. This Saturday, on the exact date of the 80th Anniversary of the Spitfire’s first flight, the Museum will be flying both the MkVIII and MkXVI Spitfires to commemorate this historic event.
You can pre-purchase tickets for this Saturdays Aircraft Showcase on the website or tickets can be purchased at the door.
Last chance to secure your spot in the April Shoot! Photography Workshops
Shoot! is designed for photographers of all abilities, whether you’re a hobbyist, student, emerging or professional photographer.
Hosted at the Temora Aviation Museum, you will receive hands-on tuition from Internationally acclaimed photographer, Penelope Beveridge. Shoot! 3 day courses provide access to a range of Warbirds, with special locations and lighting conditions, whilst educating photographers with the best techniques for achieving great aviation photography.
The first two dates for the 2016 are:
- April 1st, 2nd, 3rd (Mk I) [only 5 spaces left]
- May 20th, 21st, 22nd (Mk II) [only 3 spaces left]
RAAF Sabre Update
Following the 2015 Avalon Airshow, RAAF Sabre A94-983 was removed from flying status due to the ejection seat manufacturer withdrawing support for all historic ejection seats. As the Air Force’s policy is to only operate the aircraft with a serviceable ejection seat, it means that the aircraft will be not be flown until a solution is found.
The RAAF and TAM are currently working with Martin-Baker to determine what suitable options may be available regarding the installation of a more modern seat in the Sabre. The aircraft continues to receive regular servicing by the Temora Aviation Museum Engineering Team which includes engine runs, taxi checks and jacking the aircraft to cycle system hydraulics.