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.
On Friday morning the 8th of October, Channel Seven’s Grant Denyer will be broadcasting the weather live from the Temora Aviation Museum as part of the Sunrise programme. The show airs on the seven network from 6am to 9am EST. If your up early come and join us or tune in for a spectacular look at the Museum and our aircraft.
The October 9th and 10th Flying Weekend is rapidly approaching and promises to deliver a wide array of exciting aviation displays. Spectators will be able to catch Judy Pay’s Vampire and Mustang in the company of many of the Museum’s aircraft. Australia’s newest T-28 Trojan is slated to make an appearance and participate in a spectacular Vietnam scenario, showcasing the Cessna 0-1 Birddog, Cessna 0-2A, T-28 Trojans, Cessna A-37B Dragonfly, Canberra and the Navy Historic Flight Huey.
As a special treat, the Museum is proud to present, for our third consecutive year, the RAAF Roulettes Air Demonstration Team. These guys will showcase their flying skills in a spectacular formation flying display. The Roulette Team will be on the ground both Saturday and Sunday to sign autographs and pose for pictures with you and your family. Bring the children for this fantastic day of fun and flying.
Needless to say, the Museum’s second last flying display weekend for this year will include sufficient variety to appeal to almost every aviation interest and is not to be missed! We look forward to sharing this fantastic weekend with all of you.
Temora Aviation Museum is pleased to announce the permanent addition of a Ryan STM S2 (VH-RSY) to its aircraft collection. The aircraft has been on temporary loan to the Museum by its owner Richard Simms, since November 2003 and formal acquisition has now occurred.
The Ryan at the Temora Aviation Museum was built in 1940 and has a polished aluminium finish, with a wooden propeller. This two-seat open cockpit aircraft has a maximum speed of 228 km/h and a wingspan of 9.12 metres.
The Ryan will become an important part of the Museum Flying Weekends, which are held regularly throughout the year. Flying dates for the remainder of the year are August 28 and 29, October 9 and 10 and November 27 and 28.
Come along this weekend to watch the Ryan STM S2 fly along with many other fine examples of Australia’s best known ex-military aircraft. You could expect to see the Tiger Moth, Spitfire, Lockheed Hudson, Meteor, Vampire, Canberra and others, flying in a spectacular visual and auditory airshow.
The flying will commence here at Temora Aviation Museum on Saturday 24th April from 11am with the Tiger Moth and the Ryan leading a field of Warbirds which will entertain you for four hours. This will include displays by the Boomerang and Wirraway: the Spitfire and Mustang: the O1, O2A and Trojan: the Canberra and the A37B Dragonfly. Tom Moon will also thrill you with his aerobatic display in his Extra 300s.
On Sunday 25th April the Museum is honored to be asked to participate in the Temora Anzac March and Cenotaph Service which will commence at 11.15am. Museum pilot and Retired Air Commodore Bruce Wood will be the guest speaker at the service. The Spitfire and Wirraway along with Matt Denning’s Boomerang and Judy Pay and Dick Hourigan’s Mustang will conduct a fly past at the conclusion of the service. The flying program will commence at the Museum at 12.30pm. Visitors will witness nostalgic displays by the Spitfire, Boomerang, Mustang, Tiger Moth, L-39, Trojan and A37B.
In remembrance of Anzac Day the Temora Aviation Museum has joined with the History Channel to air the programme titled Temora Aviation Museum Warbirds. This one hour documentary will premier in Australia and New Zealand on the History Channel Sunday 25th April 2004 at 6.30pm EST.
As you may have noticed we will not be flying the aircraft here at the Museum during the month of February. This is due to our commitments at various airshows. On February 29th we travel to Point Cook in Victoria to participate in their Air Pagent. The following Sunday, March 7th, will see the crew and some aircraft at the Albury NSW airshow. Sunday March 14th will see us supporting the Tyabb Victoria airshow.
This week we have decided on flying dates for the rest of 2004. As you already know we will be flying here at the Museum on March 27th & 28th, April 24th & 25th and June 12th & 13th. We have added to this August 28th & 29th, October 9th & 10th and November 27th & 28th. Flying days are always different and often feature aircraft other than those operated by the Museum. Mark your calendar and join us for these exciting weekends.