After arriving home from the Australian International Airshow in Victoria, all of us here at the Museum have turned our focus to our Aircraft Showcase program coming up this weekend which will feature the Spitfire and the Museum’s trainers, Ryan and Tiger Moth.
The current high pressure system over this region has been producing some glorious weather and this Saturday will be no exception. It is sure to be a perfect day for flying in these open cockpit trainers and the Supermarine Spitfire.
Gates open at 10am.
The Temora Aviation Museum would like to thank everyone involved in ensuring a successful campaign for the Australian International Airshow 2013. The Museum’s Meteor, Hudson, Spitfire Mk VIII, Boomerang and the RAAF Sabre all took part in this extraordinary bi-annual airshow which was held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of March attracting over 180,000 visitors.
Our Warbirds were a popular attraction both on the ground and in the air as they performed some of the most incredible formation flying ever seen in this country. Avalon 2013 provided a great opportunity for the Museum to showcase the historically significant collection of aircraft as well as promoting to aviation enthusiasts the benefits of a visit to the Museum.
If you were at the Airshow and visited our promotions trailer, you may have been lucky enough to enter your name in the draw for free tickets to the Warbirds Downunder 2013 which is to be held on the 2nd November here at Temora. The winners of these general admission tickets were Michael Basins, Jayden Boyde, Tony Brook, Andrew Bevan, Reg Hough, Frank Robinson, Kevin Schramm, Mike Schaffer, Mark Tyzzer and Jesse Oweng. Congratulations to you all. We will be in contact with you soon with all of the details and we look forward to seeing you on 2nd November.
Warbirds Downunder 2013
Now is the time to mark the 2nd November in your calendar and plan your trip for Warbirds Downunder 2013. Plans are well underway for an action packed flying program as well as displays on the ground. It is hoped the flying program will be even bigger than 2011 when over 50 sorties were flown during this single day airshow.
Squadron Tent City
Accommodation in Temora during Airshows can be difficult to get – so this year we are trialling another option for those who would like to stay at the airfield and avoid the traffic when arriving and leaving the Airshow on the day.
New in 2013, the Squadron Tent Barracks is a temporary on-site accommodation facility consisting of cabin style tents tall enough to stand up in. Each tent will be set up before you arrive and feature an awning, internal lighting, carpet on the floor, camp style beds and roll up screened windows – all you need to bring is your linen (sleeping bag and pillow), towels, camping chairs and personal items!
The beds are camp style stretcher beds that come complete with a mattress which will ensure both a good night’s rest, and adequate storage room under your bed for your camping essentials. For more details and bookings **Click Here**
|Mar 16||Aircraft Showcase – Spitfire & Trainers||Spitfire, Ryan, Tiger Moth|
|Apr 6||Aircraft Showcase – WWII Pacific Theatre||Sabre, Spitfire, Wirraway, Hudson|
|Apr 20||Aircraft Showcase – Trainers to Fighters||Spitfire, Boomerang, Tiger Moth, Ryan|
|May 4||Aircraft Showcase – Bomber/Attack||Hudson, A37B, T-28, Sabre|
|May 18||Aircraft Showcase – Fighters||Spitfire, Meteor, Boomerang, A37B|
|Jun 1||Aircraft Showcase – Trainers to Fighters||Spitfire, Wirraway, Birddog, J-3, Harvard, Ryan|
|Jun 15||Aircraft Showcase – WWII to Vietnam||Spitfire, Tiger Moth, Hudson, A37B|
|Jul 6||Aircraft Showcase – North American Aviation||Spitfire, Harvard, T-28, Sabre|
|Jul 20||Aircraft Showcase – Fighters||Spitfire, Meteor, A37B|
|Aug 3||Aircraft Showcase – CAC Australian Made||Boomerang, Wirraway, Winjeel, Ceres, Sabre|
|Aug 17||Aircraft Showcase – Vietnam, Long Tan||A37B, Birddog, Cessna O-2A, T-28|
|Sep 7||Aircraft Showcase – Frontline Fighters||Spitfire, P-40, Boomerang, Sabre|
|Sep 21||Aircraft Showcase – WWII Pacific Theatre||Hudson, Wirraway, Spitfire|
|Oct 5||Aircraft Showcase – Fighters||Boomerang, Sabre, Meteor|
|Oct 19||No Aircraft Showcase|
|Nov 2||Warbirds Downunder 2013||See TAM Website for details|
|Nov 16||No Aircraft Showcase||Temora 1000 Time Trials|
|Dec 7||Aircraft Showcase – Pearl Harbor||P-40, Ryan, Wirraway, Spitfire|
|Dec 21||No Aircraft Showcase|
|Jan 4||No Aircraft Showcase|
Aircraft Showcase including Scale Models
TheTemoraAviationMuseumis proud to be hosting the Temora Invitational Scale Classic 2010 on Saturday 5th November here at the Museum. The Scale Model competition will be incorporated into the Aircraft Showcase – Scale Model event we are scheduled to hold. This combined event will take place on Saturday the 5th November with the Scale Models also flying on Friday 4th and Sunday 6th.
There will be a few very interesting model aircraft on display from WWI and WWII including multi-engine aircraft and modern day military jets. Each flying routine will consist of 10 manoeuvres of the pilot’s choice and two compulsory ones. All aircraft will compete in four rounds over the three days of competition as well as static judging to see how close the aircraft detail is to a full sized version. With at least two aircraft in the air all the times it will be very exciting for those watching, visitors will also have the chance to get up close to the aircraft throughout the day.”
This Saturday, you must come to Temora Aviation Museum to witness a full sized Tiger Moth, Hudson, Boomerang and Sabre along with dozens of meticulously built scale model aircraft in the air. So grab a chair and your sunscreen and come on out to theTemoraAviationMuseum this weekend. Food and beverages will be available on all three days, with normal admission applying both Friday and Sunday and on Saturday Aircraft Showcase Day admission applies.
The Inaugural Warbirds Downunder Countdown Has Begun
The Temora Aviation Museum is now able to confirm that Australia’s frontline fighter, the F/A-18 Hornet, will fly as part of the Warbirds Downunder Airshow at Temora Aviation Museum on November 19th, 2011.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will fly an F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft toTemoraAviationMuseumto take part in the Warbirds Downunder Airshow. The F/A-18 Hornet is a multi-role fighter designed for both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. It is capable of air interception, air combat, close air support of ground troops, and interdiction of enemy supply lines including shipping. The Hornet was developed for the US Navy and Marine Corps and has been a very successful aircraft for the RAAF and many other Air Forces includingCanada,Finland,Kuwait,Malaysia,SpainandSwitzerland.
The Hornet is powered by two turbofan engines which provide 7,258kgs of thrust each. The aircraft has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (2,200km/h), a maximum all up weight of 20,412kg and boasts a combat radius of 740kms.
The Warbirds Downunder Airshow will take place on November 19th, 2011 and will feature theTemoraAviationMuseum’s aircraft collection including the Spitfires,Hudson, Meteor and RAAF Sabre plus a number of visiting antique and warbird aircraft including a Mustang, Harvards, and the Connie. The RAAF Roulettes are also attending and will fly their six ship formation aerobatic routine. TheTemoraAviationMuseum aims to provide the complete airshow experience for all spectators with plenty of activities on the ground to entertain all ages from jumping castles for the children through to classic, vintage car and ex-military vehicle displays for those bigger kids. The RAAF Hot Air Balloon will be providing free tethered rides (weather permitting) for those who arrive early enough and Defence Force Recruiting will be on site to provide information for anyone interested in joining the Australian Defence Force. In addition to all of this the popular Kapooka Army Band will be providing entertainment throughout the morning.
Warbirds Dowunder will be a fantastic event with hot and cold food and beverages available and many activities to keep everyone entertained. To avoid the queues on the day, now is the time to purchase your tickets at http://www.aviationmuseum.com.au/ Gates will open at 8.30am and the flying displays will commence at 11am.
Unique Travel Options for Warbirds Downunder 2011
If you are looking for a unique way to get to the Warbirds Downunder Airshow, how about taking the train. The Lachlan Valley Railway are bringing one of their historic trains from Wagga Wagga to Temora. This historic train trip is able to pick up passengers in Junee, Cootamundra and Stockinbingal. For more information visit http://www.lvr.com.au/.
TheTemora Aviation Museum has added some additional aircraft to the flying program for this Saturdays Aircraft Showcase. Visitors will be treated to the scheduled Tiger Moth and Spitfire as well as the Meteor and three visiting Harvard’s.Alan Clementswill make his way to Temora for the day to fly the Gloster Meteor while Doug Hamilton, Steve Death and David Salter will all be flying their Harvard’s to Temora to join the show.
Temora has been producing some spectacular early spring weather and Saturday will be no exception with a beautiful and sunny 21°C day on the forecast so flying conditions are sure to please those visitors who make their way to Temora.
Warbirds Downunder 2011 Airshow
The Warbirds Downunder 2011 Airshow is coming up and ticket sales are in full swing. For those of you who wish to purchase GoldPasstickets now is the time! Gold Pass tickets are limited and there are not many left so get online and purchase yours today. General Admission tickets are also available online, so to save lining up on the day purchase your tickets now. For more information about Warbirds Downunder or to purchase tickets visit our website.
The Warbirds Downunder 2011 Airshow will be a spectacular event both on the ground and in the air. Ground display vendors will focus on various activities to entertain visitors including exhibits from Defence Recruiting, RAAF Hot Air Balloon, vintage and military vehicles, heritage fighter gear and equipment, Air Force Connect, jumping castles and face painting.
Whether we want to admit it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. The Museum Gift Shop is well stocked with everything the aviation enthusiast in your life could wish for. Visit the Gift Shop while you are here this weekend or click on the link below to take you to easy online shopping.
Visit our online shop to check out our great variety of DVDs, books, caps, clothing, toys, jewellery and giftware.
Upcoming Flying Dates
Sep 17th, 2011 Aircraft Showcase – Battle of Britain Tiger Moth, Spitfire, Meteor, Harvard’s x 3
Oct 1st, 2011 Aircraft Showcase – Trainers Tiger Moth, Wirraway, Ryan, Meteor
Oct 15th, 2011 Aircraft Showcase – Pacific Theatre Spitfire, Boomerang, Hudson
Nov 5th, 2011 Aircraft Showcase – Scale Modellers Tiger Moth, Wirraway, Boomerang
Nov 19th, 2011 Warbirds Downunder 2011 Airshow
Dec 3rd, 2011 Aircraft Showcase – Pearl Harbour / USA Ryan, Hudson
Dec 17th, 2011 No Showcase Day Merry Christmas
Jan 7th, 2012 No Showcase Day Happy New Year
Jan 21st, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Australian Made Tiger Moth, Wirraway, Boomerang, Sabre
Feb 4th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – British Built Tiger Moth, Spitfire, Meteor
Feb 18th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Korea to Vietnam Sabre, Cessna O-2A, A-37B Dragonfly
Aircraft Showcase – CAC
Win a ride in the Ryan
Saturday September 3rd will be a great day to be here at the TemoraAviationMuseum. With Father’s Day the following day, Temora Aviation Museum is offering all fathers that visit the Museum for Aircraft Showcase, a chance to receive an early Father’s Day present.
One lucky dad, who attends the Museum on September 3rd, will win a ride in the beautiful Ryan STM s2 after the flying program finishes. When they arrive at the Museum all dad’s will receive a ticket and the winner will be drawn at the end of the flying program. The special dad will then be able to suit up for what will be a spectacular 15 minute spring time flight over Temora and surrounding areas. The father taking the ride must be over 18yrs of age and sign a waiver.
Aircraft Showcase – Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation
Aircraft Showcase – Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation will take to the skies above Temora on Saturday September 3rd. The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation was an Australian aircraft manufacturer during Word War II and the post war era. The company began as a private corporation founded by Lawrence Wackett who had been a Captain with the Australian Flying Corps and known for his engineering ingenuity. After World War I, Wackett had begun manufacturing and designing Civil Aircraft.
In the 1930′s CAC took up the license for the North American NA-16 which ultimately became the CAC Wirraway. CAC designed the Wackett and then the Boomerang fighter which was the only indigenous designed and built aircraft to see combat in WWII. The factory had a good working relationship with North American and also produced the Mustang in later years.
During WWII CAC produced two interesting prototypes which unfortunately never made it into production. The Woomera which was a three seater medium bomber that had remotely operated turrets in the rear engine nacelles and an interceptor, the CA-15 or Kangaroo, a 721 km/h fighter with a range of 4000 km’s. After the war CAC produced the CA-25 Winjeel and the CA-27 Sabre.
To celebrate and remember the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation’s contribution toAustralia’s Military Aviation we will be flying the CA-16 Wirraway, CA-13 Boomerang and the RAAF CA-27 Sabre. Some visiting aircraft will also be joining us for the day including some CA-25 Winjeel’s.
Fathers Day Special
The 4th of September 2011 marks Fathers Day this year and for those of you who want to find that perfect gift for your special Dad – look no further than our online merchandise.
The Temora Aviation Museum’s online shop has a range of aviation related merchandise including books, clothing, caps, gift items, DVDs, and Museum merchandise that you can purchase as a gift for your dad.
All orders are shipped within 24 hours of receiving them and online payments are secure.
Name Our Newsletter Competition
Thank you to the hundreds of you who have sent in an entry for the Name our Newsletter competition. Entries are now closed and our judges are busy sifting through the many creative suggestions you have given us. Stay tuned to future newsletters for the announcement of the new name and also the name of the lucky person who will be going for a ride in our Tiger Moth.
Warbirds Downunder 2011
Don’t forget the upcoming Warbirds Downunder Airshow which 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 may more of our friends. The visiting aircraft which have confirmed have been listed on our website – but we are still working on others. As they confirm we will add them to the website also.
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 a vast food selection 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 the first time we are selling two types of tickets. General admission tickets as well as Gold pass tickets. For details on the inclusions associated with both, take a look at our website. We want to encourage everyone to purchase their tickets online well before the event so you can avoid the queues on the day. Remember, Gold Passes are limited and will not be available at the gate!
UPDATE: Gold Passes are selling fast and are limited. Get yours today to avoid the disappointment of missing out.
Do you still need to find the perfect gift for your special someone this Christmas?
Check out the Temora Aviation Museum’s online shop. We have recently added many new items to our unique range of online merchandise.
The Temora Aviation Museum online giftshop has a wide range of aviation related items ranging from books to clothing, hats to toys. The clothing section features our new Spitfire t-shirt and matching hooded sweat top. New hats include the Spitfire-inspired beanie and a Spitfire Mk XVI baseball cap.
You now have the opportunity to own a piece of aviation history with the purchase of the Canberra start cartridge and storage tin. These cartridges have been used to start the Museum’s Canberra bomber and make a fantastic and unique gift.
As a SPECIAL OFFER, all orders over $20 placed before Christmas Day 2007 will receive a FREE ANNUAL PASS to the Museum valued at $40.
All orders are shipped within 24 hours of receiving them and online payments are secure.
Have a look at the Temora Aviation Museum online shop, we have the gift you are looking for.
Preventative maintenance work was carried out on Spitfire Mk VIII (VH-HET) last week. The process involved replacing the cowling anti-chafe strips and an x-ray examination of the wing main spars. To do this, the Spitfire was placed on jacks and contractors from Non-Destructive Testing Specialists, Southern NDT were brought in. They carried out a comprehensive x-ray examination on the aircraft to detect any potential cracks and corrosion. X-rays are a favourable method, as it means the inspection is a lot less intrusive than manually inspecting the structure.
WINGS OVER THE ILLAWARRA
Temora Aviation Museum Chief Executive Kenny Love, Chief Pilot Darren Crabb, Engineering Supervisor Lindsay Jordan, Leading Hand Andrew Bishop and Historic Flight Club Pilot Guy Bourke travelled to Albion Park, NSW on the weekend of 24 February to participate in the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society’s (HARS) Open Day, Wings Over the Illawarra.
The Open Day attracted a large crowd with a lot of interest shown in the Museum’s Lockheed Hudson and Gloster Meteor, which were on static display for the Saturday.
OPEN DAY AT AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
On Saturday 10 March the Australian War Memorial will be holding an Open Day, which starts at 10.00 am. It is a free event that will involve an Opening Spectacular beginning at 11.00 am, followed by aircraft fly-bys, which begins at 1.00 pm, featuring a number of historical aircraft. Temora Aviation Museum will include its Hudson in a fly-by up Anzac Parade, Canberra, on the day.
Come along to the War Memorial to see the Hudson fly and to check out the other unique exhibits.
been a big year for Temora Aviation Museum with visits here from RAAF F/A-18 Hornets, the RAAF Roulettes and many friends with their warbird aircraft. The most notable event was the attendance of the Australian Prime Minister and the acquisition and loan of more historic aircraft. Staff, Volunteers and Crew from the Temora Aviation Museum would like to thank everyone that visited the Museum throughout the year. Your support is always appreciated as it helps to keep our vintage aircraft flying.
Opening hours throughout the holiday period remain 10 am to 4 pm daily, except for closure on Christmas Day (Monday 25 December 2006), Boxing Day (Tuesday 26 December 2006 ) and New Years Day (Monday 1 January 2007). We will be doing some flying on December 27th, 28th & and 29th. These days are not our normal flying days and we will not have a published programme. They are merely days for some of our pilots to do some additional training and currency flying. If you are travelling through the Riverina over the holiday season check out the Museum’s collection of historic aircraft. Our team of Volunteers will be here to show visitors through and offer insight into their background.
The Temora Aviation Museum would like to wish all our newsletter subscribers a fabulous Christmas and a very safe and happy new year. Due to administration staff taking holidays, newsletters will cease temporarily until late January.
The next flying weekend for Temora Aviation Museum will be February 17 and 18, 2007. We look forward to seeing you there!
Spitfire Mk XVI TB 863 arrived at the Museum in late June 2006. Whilst it was our intention for TB 863 to make its public debut in August, we feel that there isn’t enough time available for the assembly and test flying. We want to take as much time as necessary to complete the assembly process, and we can confirm that the aircraft will be flying on September 16-17.
CANBERRA’S ANNUAL INSPECTION
Temora Aviation Museum engineers first started their extensive annual inspection of the Museum’s Canberra Bomber back in December 2005. An inspection of this type is executed every four years, with minor inspections performed every year in-between. Lately, visitors to the Museum have been able to view the Canberra up on jacks, with the engineers checking its hydraulic system. This includes retracting and extending the undercarriage, as it would be done in flight.
The inspection should be complete by the end of the week. It is expected that the Canberra will once again become a part of the action of Flying Weekends, with the next one falling on August 5-6.
Temora Aviation Museum is constructing an additional 7,500 sq m aircraft tarmac with additional taxiways, which will allow greater flexibility for our aircraft operations on Flying Weekends. Temora Shire Council commenced work on for the tarmac on Tuesday, and the Museum anticipates it will be completed by the August 5-6 Flying Weekend.
Temora Aviation Museum has launched a new project called ‘Unsung Heroes’, which is a way to record contributor’s memories and stories relating to military aviation history. Unsung Heroes is a biographical database, which is stored within the Museum’s website at:
The people that feature on the Unsung Heroes site not have not necessarily been given recognition in history books, although their story details show that they have made a significant contribution to military aviation history – whatever their story may be.
The Unsung Heroes database has the potential to be viewed by anyone that uses the Internet worldwide. To search for someone you know, simply click on the database link and search for each person by lastname.
To visit the database, click on the link below:
To become a contributor to the Temora Aviation Museum Unsung Heroes project visit the Unsung Heroes section of the website and download the nomination form and nominator details form. Fill out and return to the address located at the top of each form.
We look forward to reading your stories!
Another great place to visit on the Temora Aviation Museum website is its online shop. The online shop lists a selection of merchandise including: books, clothing, giftware, videos and DVDs.
It also stocks a wide range of Temora Aviation Museum branded merchandise including postcards, magnets, stubby holders, collector’s spoons, a tea-towel and even original World War II pieces of Wirraway fabric, originating from the fuselage of the Museum’s CAC Wirraway when it required replacement.
To visit the online shop, click on the link below:
Or even better – take a trip to Temora to visit the Museum to explore all that is on offer at the Museum’s Gift Shop, as well as its other exhibits.
New Employee at the Museum
The Museum is very excited to announce that another friendly new face has joined our team. Ben Muller is from Newcastle, previously working at BAE Systems at Williamtown. There he worked on Hawk and F/A-18 aircraft in the aircraft maintenance department. Ben is particularly looking forward to working on the Sabre project in the near future, as well as servicing the ever-increasing collection of veteran aircraft at the Museum.