Its not long now until the Museums August Flying Weekend on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28. According to the weather forecast from Weatherzone – Australias leading weather resource – Temora can expect cool mornings, clearing to fine both days, with tops of 21°c and 22°c. To visit the Weatherzone website or to find out more about the weather at Temora visit our weather page.
Both days are expected to be crammed with flying entertainment from both the Museums collection and visiting aircraft. Aircraft on the flying program include the only flying Spitfire in Australia, the speedy A37B Dragonfly, the graceful Tiger Moth, the only flying Gloster Meteor F.8, the only Australian built Vampire flying in Australia, the impressive Canberra, and the newly painted Lockheed Hudson. If you missed out on seeing the Hudson in its new paint scheme when it visited the VP Day Air Pageant in Canberra recently, come and see it up close this weekend.
Visiting the Museum for the weekend will be Col Pays magnificent Packard Merlin powered CAC Mustang as well as his P-40E Kittyhawk, painted in Bobby Gibbes Desert Scheme.
The RAAF Roulettes will also be attending this weekend, although they will appear on the Sunday only. The Roulettes are a popular attraction due to their skilled formation aerobatic routines. The Roulettes are based at East Sale Victoria and currently fly the Pilatus PC-9/A training aircraft. It is a single-engined, low-wing, tandem, two-seat aircraft with the most advanced cockpit of any trainer flying in Australia. The Roulette pilots will be available for a short period of time to sign autographs and answer your questions.
The Museum opens at 10.00 am with flying beginning at 11.00 am. Flying finishes around 3.00 pm with the Museum closing at 4.00 pm on both days.
Hot and cold food and beverages are available all weekend from the Museum’s Mess Hall.
Flying Days involve a mix of music, commentary, engines, aerobatics and the aroma of jet fuel. The day is ended with a ramp talk in which visitors have the opportunity to get close to the aircraft to take photos or to ask the pilots questions.
Bring the whole family along to the August 27 & 28 Flying Weekend to watch these historic aircraft take to the skies.
VP Day Celebrations at Canberra
Seven aircraft from the Temora Aviation Museums collection flew to Canberra over the weekend to participate in the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II – Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) August 15. The celebrations and exhibits were held over three days on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin and were themed as a Salute to Veterans. The Museums participation was concentrated mainly within Sundays events, where we were fortunate to have sunny weather. For those of you that visited the VP Day celebrations in Canberra but were unable to see the Museums aircraft up close, check them out at Temora Aviation Museums Flying Weekend on August 27 and 28.
The Museums promotion stand was taken to Canberra and it proved to be a popular attraction. Likewise, a busy time was had by the Museums engineering team, whom spent most of their time frantically fuelling and preparing the Museums aircraft, ready for flight above Lake Burley Griffin. We would like to thank Museum Crew member and aircraft historian Peter Anderson for the fantastic job he did with providing commentary throughout the event.
The Museum was also fortunate to have an F-111 visit briefly in the afternoon of Saturday 13. The F-111 flew with the Museums Canberra and Hudson for a formation practice in preparation for Sundays display.
The Museum continues its celebration of VP Day with our next Flying Weekend which will occur on August 27 and 28. Visitors can expect to see history come alive as the Museums fleet take to the skies above the Museum. The Museum is also pleased to announce that Col Pay is bringing his magnificent P-40E Kittyhawk and CAC Mustang for the weekend. Cols P-40E is painted in the colours of RAAF 3 Squadrons desert camouflage scheme. The aircraft carries the markings of Bobby Gibbes AM WG CMR DSO DFC* and is complete with a replica of the original nose art.
Another attraction to this coming Flying Weekend will be the attendance of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Roulette Aerobatic Team on the Sunday only. The Roulettes are always a popular attraction due to their skilled manoeuvres in synchronisation. The Museum looks forward to their involvement.
Museum Flying Days involve interesting commentary, interviews with the pilots and a selection of background music. Visitors can get up close to the aircraft and pilots during the ramp talk session, which occurs at the end of the day. This opportunity can be used to ask the pilots any questions, obtain autographs or get close photographic shots of the aircraft.
The Temora Aviation Museums Lockheed Hudson has returned to the Museum resplendent in its new paint scheme.
The paint scheme is representing an A16-211 Hudson III bomber that served with No.6 Squadron RAAF during the decisive Battle for Milne Bay and later with No.2 Squadron in the North Western Area (Timor/Dutch East Indies -Indonesia).
The battle at Milne Bay occurred during August 1942 and was the first time that a Japanese invasion force was defeated anywhere in the Pacific/China/South East Asia area. A handful of Australian troops supported by two RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk squadrons and six Hudsons from 6 and 32 Squadrons RAAF fought off the Japanese in what proved to be the turning point of the war in the Pacific.
A16-211 survived Milne Bay and was flown to No.5 Air Depot at Wagga where it received a complete overhaul then transferred to No.2 Squadron flying out of Millingimbi in the Northern Territory. Together with four other Hudsons, A16-211 carried out an armed reconnaissance to Maikor and Taberfane (both Japanese floatplane bases) in the Aru Islands on 7th May 1943. One of the Hudsons was shot down by a floatplane fighter, while the other Hudsons received various degrees of damage. On returning to Millingimbi A16-211s undercarriage gave way and the aircraft ground looped. It was severely damaged and was converted to components. The remains of this aircraft are still at Millingimbi to this day. The Museums Hudson is painted to represent this aircraft that performed vital missions in the defence of Australia in the early days of the Pacific War.
The aircrafts representation of a Hudson that fought at the epic battle of Milne Bay honours both the pilots and ground crews that flew and maintained these aircraft in close quarters combat with Japanese troops who were quite literally fighting at the end of the runways from which the Hudsons were flying.
Peter Anderson, Museum Crew member, undertook considerable detailed research for the Hudsons paint scheme before the colours were matched and the final drawings for the camouflage and nose art were prepared. Irvine Signs in Temora produced the spray masks for the nose art and the many maintenance stencils that complete the aircraft’s authentic paint scheme. Worland Aviation Services in Albury NSW undertook the painting job and turned out a fantastic result.
The Hudsons first public appearance in its new scheme shall be at the “Salute to Veterans” (VP Day) air pageant to be held at Canberra on 14th August. The Museum is providing a strong presence at the pageant which commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII. As well as the Hudson, Temora’s contribution to the display includes the Spitfire, Canberra, Meteor, Vampire, Cessna O-2A and Tiger Moth.
Due to this group of aircraft participating in the large event at Canberra on Sunday 14 August, Temora Aviation Museum will only have a few aircraft on display at home base.
To see the Hudson up close for yourself – come to our next flying days here at the Temora Aviation Museum on August 27 and 28.
Temora and the surrounding district experienced some wet and foggy conditions over the flying weekend, June 11th and 12th. The Saturday of the Museums Flying Weekend was washed out with the arrival of some much-needed rain. This steady rainfall throughout the day ensured that the Museums aircraft and visiting aircraft were not able to take to the skies. However, visitors were able to look around the Museum, view the displays and theatre, as well as the Museums collection of aircraft. The Caboolture Mustang, Matt Dennings Boomerang and one of the F/A-18 Hornets were also exhibited. Visitors were able to climb up and view inside the Hornet, while members of the Hornets team were on hand to impart some detailed knowledge about the aircraft. Meanwhile, various Museum crew took turns speaking to the crowd entertaining them with their knowledge about the Museums aircraft and what they are like to fly.
Museum staff, crew and volunteers were anticipating better weather for Sunday and were eager to get the show underway, although this was also dampened with a low fog that never lifted. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18 Hornets were a great attraction nevertheless and the visitors that stayed until the end of the day were able to view the two Hornets departing for Williamtown, which was a spectacularly noisy and fast display.
Temora Aviation Museum would like to thank all the RAAF team including Temora district local Group Captain (GPCAPT) William ‘Billy’ Henman for bringing their splendid aircraft to the Museum, as well as Tony Alder for bringing the Mustang and Matt Denning for his visit with the Boomerang. The Museum would also like to thank the patient, co-operative visitors that took part in our event over the weekend. Uncompromising weather and unforseen circumstances are simply part of the package of hosting an outdoor aviation event.
For everyone that missed out on seeing our aircraft fly during the June weekend, we would like to remind visitors that our next flying weekend is not far away. At this stage it is exactly four weeks away and will fall on July 16th and 17th 2005.
Temora Aviation Museum experienced a successful Flying Weekend on 30th April and 1st May 2005, with great attendance both days.
The participation of the non-profit organisation ‘Wheelies with Wings’ on Sunday’s Flying Day was a wonderful addition to the programme. The organisation offers physically disabled people the opportunity to gain a flying experience, which in turn creates a sense of freedom and achievement in their lives. Pilot Suzi Duncan, whom herself has a disability, gave a moving speech and expressed the importance that the charity organisation presents in people’s lives who are affected by a disability.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Roulettes from Sale in Victoria put on a show with their four-ship aerobatic formation displays. We thank them for their welcome support in making our Flying Weekends an exciting event.
The Museum would like to thank all staff, pilots and crew, volunteers, visiting aircraft and visitors, for contributing in their own special way to making the weekend a success.
Our next Flying Weekend falls on the 11th and 12th June 2005. If you will be requiring accommodation in Temora or within a neighbouring town for this event, we remind everyone that there is a list of contact numbers available on our website
Australian War Memorial Open Day
The Australian War Memorial Open Day will be held at Canberra War Memorial on Saturday 8th May 2005. The Museum’s English Electric Canberra will be making a fly-past during the event. You can catch it fly over around 1.15 pm.
Airshow at Nowra Museum of Flight
An ad, which is advertising the Nowra Museum of Flight Airshow, has appeared in the ‘Southern Weekly’ newspaper insert which is featured in regional newspapers. The purpose of the ad was to advertise the Nowra Museum of Flight Airshow to be held on Sunday 15th May. The ad incorrectly states that the Museum of Flight is at Temora.
Temora Aviation Museum would like to make it clear that there will not be any flying at the Museum on Sunday 15th May, although aircraft from Temora Aviation Museum will be visiting Nowra to participate in their event.
Anzac Day Flypast
On Monday 25th April the Museum’s Wirraway participated in the Anzac Day Commemoration Services at both Temora and Cootamundra, NSW. Its appearance signalled a moving counterpoint to the ceremonies.
30 April & 1 May Flying Weekend
This weekend Temora Aviation Museum will be hosting a flying weekend. Most of the Museum’s aircraft will be seen over both days, including the Wirraway, Spitfire, Canberra, Meteor, Tiger Moth, Vampire and Cessna 0-2A.
Visiting the Museum on Sunday 1 May will be the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Roulette Aerobatic Team. The Roulettes are a part-time aerobatic team that are comprised of Qualified Flying Instructors, from the Central Flying School, RAAF Base East Sale. The RAAF Base is located at Sale, in Gippsland, 200km from Melbourne. The Roulettes will be available to sign autographs and talk to the public before their flying display. The Museum looks forward to having them visit!
Representatives from ‘Wheelies with Wings’ will also have a table set up on Sunday’s flying day. They are a charitable non-profit company, established to offer physically disabled people the opportunity to gain a flying experience. This allows people with a physical disability the opportunity to gain a sense of freedom and achievement – a stepping-stone to use for further challenges.
Predicted weather for flying weekend
Make sure you dress in layers this coming flying weekend as it looks like the days could start off cool to become warm. Currently, this weekend’s weather forecast for Temora looks like it will be mostly sunny on Saturday with a top of 18 degrees. Likewise, a mostly sunny day on Sunday with a top of 21 degrees is expected.
Come along to Temora Aviation Museum’s flying weekend to check out all that it has to offer.
Australia has just celebrated Senior’s Week and the Museum was fortunate to host many bus loads of participants. Museum staff enjoyed having them all visit and were happy to share in the guests’ own personal memories and experiences.
Temora Aviation Museum would like to remind everyone that we often get tour groups visiting. It is a great way to get your club or friends together for an outing. Just call the Museum and speak to either Wendy or Jenny to make a booking.
The new display at Temora Aviation Museum titled ‘Eject… Eject… Eject’ is now open in the exhibition building. It features the development and design of Martin Baker Ejection Seats, which is the brand that is used in Temora Aviation Museum aircraft. It includes a film loop of archive footage and an actual ejection seat. Come along to the Museum and check it out!
The Museum would like to issue a reminder that it is closed to visitors on Good Friday, 25 March.
On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March, Temora Aviation Museum will be flying the aircraft collection. Temora weather is expected to be mostly sunny with a top of 28°c – perfect for watching our vintage aircraft take to the sky.
Lunch and refreshments will be available from our ‘Mess Hall’. A variety of hot and cold food can be purchased. The Temora branch of the NSW Fire Brigade operates the Mess Hall and all proceeds go to local charity.
The Museum opens at 10.00 am and flying begins at 11.00 am. Although some seating is provided, you are welcome to bring a fold-up chair.
Flypast at Corowa
On Saturday 19 March, the Museum’s CA16 Wirraway will be conducting a flypast at Corowa, located on the Murray River in NSW. The flypast is in support of the National Association of Antique Military Vehicles. During World War II the Wirraway flew support missions for Australian Army ground troops who were equipped with similar vehicles. Approximately 140 Antique Military Vehicles will be conducting a parade through Corowa to help commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II.
Museum not attending Avalon
The Museum would like to advise that its aircraft will not be visiting the 2005 Avalon Airshow, due to other commitments.
Upcoming Flying Weekend
The Museum’s next flying weekend is over Easter on 26 & 27 March 2005. Aircraft from the Museum collection will take to the skies over Temora for a historic spectacular. Flying will commence at 11.00 am on both days. The Museum would like to remind everyone that it is closed for Good Friday.
New to the exhibition area will be an exhibition titled ‘Eject… Eject… Eject’. This display is the story of the development of Martin Baker ejection seats. Complete with archive film footage this exhibition is sure to inform and surprise you.
The Museum presented an amazing display for its first flying weekend for 2005. Moderate temperatures and clear skies contributed to the action-packed two days.
Saturday saw the participation of the ‘heavies’, with displays by the Hudson, Catalina and Canberra Bomber. These aircraft looked majestic as they took to the sky. The flying program included performances by Lars Larson in the Tiger Moth, the RAN Squirrel Helicopter Team, Boomerang, Cessna 0-2A, David Lowy in the A-37B Dragonfly, and was capped off by Tom Moon in his Extra 300S.
We would also like to thank the NSW Fire Brigade for participating in Saturday’s flying display by providing their jointly owned anti-terrorism helicopter ‘Fire Air 1’. The addition of their fire engines and HAZMAT van also created a welcoming site for those interested.
Sunday’s display showed one super heavy aircraft in the form of the HARS Constellation. The roar of her four R-3350 radial engines was something Temora won’t forget. Sunday held a fighter theme with performances by the Wirraway, Kittyhawk, Boomerang, Meteor, Vampire and Dragonfly. The day was complete with routines by the RAN Squirrel helicopters and Tom Moon’s Extra.
We are busy planning for our next flying weekend on March 26 & 27. See you then.
The engineers are fuelling the aircraft and are doing their final checks as our pilots are making their way to Temora for this weekend’s flying.
Many visiting aircraft will be at Temora over the weekend including:
Saturday – Matt Denning’s CAC Boomerang, Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Catalina, HARS Super Constellation, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Squirrel Helicopter Display Team from Nowra, Lynette Zucolli’s T-28 Trojan (static) and Fire Air 1 anti-terrorism helicopter (static).
Sunday – Matt Denning’s CAC Boomerang, HARS Super Constellation, RAN Navy Squirrels, Col Pay’s Kittyhawk and Lynette Zucolli’s T-28 Trojan (static).
From the Museum’s collection, we are planning for the following aircraft to take to the air: Tiger Moth, Hudson, Meteor, Cessna 0-2A, A37B Dragonfly, Vampire, Wirraway, Canberra and the amazing Tom Moon in his Extra 300S.
Temora has experienced varying weather conditions this week so we recommend that you bring along everything from a warm jacket for cool weather to a hat and sunscreen if it’s sunny!
Lunch and refreshments can be purchased throughout the day at the affectionately named ‘Mess Hall’. Hot and cold food and beverages are available. The Temora branch of the NSW Fire Brigade operates the Mess Hall and all proceeds go to local charity.
Come along to the Museum’s flying weekend on February 5th and 6th and enjoy the spectacular flying display, guaranteed to entertain visitors of all ages. The Museum opens at 10.00 am and flying begins at 11.00 am. Although some seating is provided, you are welcome to bring a fold-up chair.
The Temora Aviation Museum held its final flying display for 2004 last weekend. Beautiful blue skies and light winds were inviting to aviation enthusiasts and plagues of locust alike. In a sight seldom seen, these winged wonders put on their own aerial display for hours on end over the weekend. The swarms of locust created aircraft safety and preservation issues, which unfortunately meant our aircraft could not fly.
Despite the Museum’s aircraft being unable to fly, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Squirrel helicopters were able to brave the skies. We would like to thank the RAN Squirrel Helicopter team for making the trip to Temora and conducting their fantastic displays over both days. We also extend our thanks to the HARS Catalina, which was able to conduct her first Temora display upon departure to Albion Park on Sunday. Good show!
We would like to thank all visitors for their patronage to the Museum’s flying days and would like to remind everyone that the Museum will remain open as usual except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. Our flying weekend schedule will recommence next year on the 5th and 6th of February 2005. We hope to see a big crowd then and will pray for great weather and no bugs!
Temora Aviation Museum flying activity this weekend may be cancelled due to the locust plague.
Currently a locust plague is moving through the Temora Shire and may prevent flying activity. The Museum has prepared its aircraft and crew for the weekends events however flying will depend on local conditions on the day.
The Museum will still be open for the weekend and visitors can enjoy the exhibits, aircraft hangar, theatre and air-conditioning. The Catalina Flying Boat will also make a guest appearance here this weekend.
As we rapidly approach the last flying weekend for 2004, we would like to remind everyone of the essence of the Temora Aviation Museum. Temora in its own right played a significant role in aircrew training and thanks to the sacrifices of members of all Australian Services Australia enjoys an enviable freedom. The Museum is proud to preserve and display some of the key aircraft associated with Australian Military Heritage and we are lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy, see and hear these rare and magnificent aircraft. Lest We Forget.
To contribute to the Museum’s Flying Weekend (27 & 28 November), a number of significant aircraft will be attending to compliment our own. Linked with modern aviation, the RAN Squirrel Helicopters will demonstrate their precision formations. The HARS Catalina will be making its Temora debut and in concert with the Hudson Bomber will display an ominous airborne presence. The most significant formation of WW2 Australian fighters will also grace the skies. The Museum’s Spitfire will be accompanied by no less than Matt Denning’s CA13 Boomerang, Judy Pay’s P-51 Mustang and Australia’s newest P-40 Kittyhawk, courtesy of Col Pay. This photographic opportunity will rarely present itself, so should not be missed! We look forward to enjoying another fantastic Museum flying weekend with all of you.
For all of the aviation enthusiasts that just can’t wait until the next Temora Aviation Museum Flying weekend on 27 and 28 November, there will be two flying events occurring on Sunday 31 October. The Museum’s aircraft will be displaying at both of these worthwhile venues.
The first event is at NAS Nowra, which will feature our A-37B Dragonfly. This is in support of the Nowra Naval Museum of Flight’s flying display. There will be a wide variety of notable partakers, which includes Tom Moon in his Extra 300S as well as the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, which will present both the Catalina and Constellation.
The second event will feature the Museum’s Canberra Bomber. It will venture down to the RAAF Pt. Cook’s Interactive Display Day. The RAAF Museum hosts a flying and commentary day on a regular basis to showcase significant Australian military aircraft. Temora Aviation Museum has greatly appreciated RAAF Pt. Cook’s support during some of our past displays and will now reciprocate participation.
The Museum would like to welcome Ian Hender and David Finch to its ranks. Both are engineers and their expertise will be much appreciated and put to immediate use. They bring a wealth of experience covering engines, fabric and the woodwork skills necessary to help maintain our antique aircraft.
Spectators have also been privileged to see Australia’s newest Spitfire pilot, Guy Bourke performing in concert with the Museum’s Hudson and Judy Pay’s Mustang. Since the end of WWII, this is possibly the first time that the Spitfire, Mustang and Hudson have been in formation together.
In keeping with the WWII theme, Guy dressed in a period WWII fighter pilot uniform to enhance his display.
The new runway is still under construction and will require certification prior to its use. We will keep you posted on its availability for the November weekend. We’re hoping this will be an early Christmas present for Temora.