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.
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 – JET FIGHTERS
This Saturday the 2nd of April will see the Aircraft Showcase – Jet Fighters take place here at the Temora Aviation Museum. The Gloster Meteor F.8 and the RAAF Sabre CA-27 will be showcased both on the ground and in the air. The feature film and Engineering Hangar tour are both scheduled along with activities for the kids and of course most of the aircraft collection will be available for inspection in the Display Hangar. The weather is forecast to be great – this is a perfect time of year for Airshows. (more…)