Aircraft Showcase – Vietnam
Are you looking for something action packed? Why not join us for one of our Aircraft Showcase Days? These enjoyable days have been planned to provide you with an up close and personal experience and the program this Saturday, February 18th, will be no exception with five aircraft taking to the skies.
The flying program for this Saturday pays tribute to the operations of the RAAF, Australian pilots and support personnel during the Vietnam War. The Museum will fly two of the aircraft from the collection being the Cessna O-2A, which was flown by Australian pilots in the Forward Air Control operations, and the Cessna A-37B Dragonfly which carried out ground attack missions in support of Australian ground troops.
To add to the action we will be joined by Gordon Glynn’s Cessna O-1 Birddog, Steve Death’s T-28 Trojan and an awesome display from the Royal Australian Navy Historic Flight Huey helicopter. The Huey will demonstrate its manoeuvrability and capability in the air and for those of you who have never seen one in action it is a ‘must see’.
This flying line up of aircraft is sure to please all who come along and don’t forget you can stay after the flying ends to have a chat with our experienced team of Engineers and Pilots. Aircraft Showcase is a great day out for the family so pack up the kids and head out to Temora.
Following our very successful official launch which was attended by the Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP in December 2011 we were featured on the front cover of the N.S.W. History Teachers Association’s quarterly journal Teaching History. With the advent of the new school year Temora Aviation Museum is excited and ready for the students to visit us on school excursions during 2012.
Our new education programs have been created to challenge students to learn from history so that they can make informed decisions in the present and for the future. The program content makes the most of our incredible collection of historical ex-military Australian aircraft and engages students to make history relevant.
Each program includes a comprehensive Teachers Resource Kit with:
· suggested pre visit and post visit activities
· explicit Outcomes and links to Key Learning Areas
· outline of the experience components
· bibliography and a list of suggested resources
· worksheets for students
Vacancies are filling fast so to avoid disappointment we encourage you to call and reserve your class’ excursion soon. For more information visit our website or call 02 6977 1088 and ask to speak to our Education Co-ordinator.
Announcing 2012 Showcase Dates and Themes
Mark the diary for your regular trip to Temora Aviation Museum’s Aircraft Showcase Days.
Feb 18th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Korea to Vietnam
Cessna O-1, Cessna O-2A, A-37B Dragonfly, T-28, Huey
Mar 3rd, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Trainer to Jets
Wirraway, Ryan, Meteor
Mar 17th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Fighters
Spitfire, Boomerang, Sabre, P-40
Apr 7th, 2012 No Aircraft Showcase
NATFLY here at Temora Aerodrome
Apr 21st, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Three Conflicts
Spitfire, Hudson, A-37, Sabre
May 5th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Australian Frontline
Spitfire, Boomerang, Meteor, Harvard
May 19th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – WWII to Korea
Tiger Moth, Wirraway, Ryan, Sabre
Jun 2nd, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Pacific Theatre
Spitfire, Hudson, Ryan, P-40
Jun 16th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Korean Conflict
Cessna O-1, Harvard, Meteor, Sabre
Aircraft Showcase With spring just around the corner we have plenty of aviation friendly weather in the forecast for this Saturday and we know that this will attract many of you to visit the Temora Aviation Museum Aircraft Showcase. The theme for this event will focus on the Vietnam conflict as we acknowledge the Battle of Long Tan. Taking to the skies will be the Cessna A-37B Dragonfly, Cessna 0-2A and Cessna O-1 Birddog. As an added bonus, so as to allow our pilots some extra flight time, we will also be flying the Spitfire in addition to the theme. After the flying is complete, everyone will have the opportunity to meet our experienced pilots and engineers during the engineering hangar tour. So come prepared with all the military aircraft related questions you have always wanted to know the answers to.
Be sure to arrive when the gates open at 10am so that you have time to get a premium coffee from Sean, who we like to call “The Coffee Man”, before making your way to the Display Hangar for the feature film on the big screen. Prior to and after the flying you will have plenty of opportunity to explore the Museum displays and aircraft.
The Temora Aviation Museum is excited to announce that Warbirds Downunder will be held at the Museum on Saturday November 19th, 2011. There will be plenty of aerial action for you to enjoy with most of the Museum’s aircraft collection taking to the skies as well as plenty of visiting aircraft including the RAAF Roulettes, RAAF Hot Air Balloon, Allan Arthurs P-40 Kittyhawk, RAAF Museum CAC Mustang, Southern Knights Aerobatic Team. aircraft from Judy Pay’s collection and many more of our friends. The visiting aircraft which have confirmed, have been listed on our website – but we are still working on others so stay tuned. Apart from the flying program there will be other exhibits for you to see and enjoy. The children will be occupied with Kids Korner, jumping castles and other activities. A wide variety of food vendors will be here on the day to ensure you are provided with tasty delights and if you are a classic / vintage car and military vehicle fan, you can enjoy perusing the many vehicles on display for the event.
For quite a while we have been working on a new format for our website, online shop and email newsletter. This week we were able to launch all three and we are pretty excited with the results. However something is still missing…and we need the help of all our creative subscribers to give our email newsletter a fresh, exciting and unique name which reflects our Museum. You can email as many suggestions as you like to us and our secret panel of judges will choose the name they like the most. In the case that two of you come up with the same name we will go with the email we receive first. The winner will receive a ride in the Museum’s Tiger Moth and must be 18 years or older. So put your thinking caps on and very soon you could be soaring over the Temora countryside just like the trainees in World War II.
The July Flying Weekend saw the Museum host a two-day event displaying its collection of aircraft. Saturday produced some cold weather with some very light intermittent rainfall. Luckily, it wasn’t enough to deter our pilots from flying. The line up involved the Tiger Moth, Ryan, Wirraway and Spitfire, Meteor, Cessnas 0-1 and 0-2, Dragonfly and a particularly spectacular performance by Tom Moon in his eagle-adorned Extra 300S.
Sunday was a much sunnier day although deceivingly cold with winds that felt like they were straight off the snowfields. Doug Hamilton brought his Ceres to join us for the day. The Ceres was built post World War II by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation at Fishermans Bend in Victoria. Built mostly out of Wirraway components it bears a striking resemblence to our CAC Wirraway. The Tiger Moth and Ryan flew together followed by the Wirraway and Ceres, Spitfire and Vampire. After lunch the Cessnas 0-1 and 0-2 flew followed by the Canberra, Dragonfly and Tom Moon’s Extra. Both days ended with a Ramp Talk, which offered visitors the opportunity to get closer to the aircraft and to ask the pilots a range of questions.
We thank all those ardent supporters out there for braving the cold weather to support the Museum’s July Flying Weekend! Our next Flying Weekend is five weeks away and falls on August 27 and 28. A great drawcard for the August Flying Weekend is an expected visit from the Royal Australian Air Force Roulette Aerobatic Team on the Sunday… sure to be entertaining.
The Museum’s Gloster Meteor F.8 was unable to attend the Royal Australian Air Force 77 Squadron Association Reunion held at Williamtown on Friday 15 July, due to the overcast weather here at Temora. We hope that everyone, especially the Korean War Veterans enjoyed their day.
This weekend, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July is a Flying Weekend here at Temora Aviation Museum. Flying Weekends are a chance for visitors to witness the Museum’s vintage aircraft collection take to the skies. The Flying is set to involve the majority of the Museums collection including the graceful moves of the Tiger Moth and Ryan, the Cessna 0-1 and 0-2, the only flying Spitfire in Australia, Meteor, Cessna A37B, the Trojan and a spectacular aerobatic display by Tom Moon in his Extra. The only difference at this stage is that the Canberra and Vampire are flying Sunday only.
For those of you that have not yet visited a Temora Aviation Museum Flying Day, Museum doors open at 10.00 am with flying beginning at 11.00 am. Hot and cold food and beverages are available for purchase throughout the day at the Museum’s ‘Mess Hall’ kiosk. Flying finishes around 3.00 pm followed by a Ramp Talk. This allows visitors to get up close to the aircraft and talk to the pilots, who will be stationed in front of their aircraft. The Museum closes at 4.00 pm.
According to the website ‘Weatherzone – Australia’s leading weather resource’ a forecast of a cool, mostly cloudy Saturday with a top of 13°C is expected. So remember to rug-up for the cool weather.
In the event of rain, the Museum will be open as usual. Depending on the rate of the rainfall, the Temora Historic Flight Club Director of Flying Operations, Darren Crabb will determine if the flying activity will take place.
The Museums Gloster Meteor F.8 will be flying to Williamtown on Friday to take part in a Royal Australian Air Force 77 Squadron Association reunion. Many Korean War Veterans will attend including several from the Republic of South Korea’s 102 Squadron.
The Meteor will return to Temora Friday afternoon to take part in the Museum’s Flying Weekend.