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/.
The next Flying Weekend is only 2 weeks away – on the 24th and 25th of October.
Red Bull Air Race competitor Matt Hall will be at Temora Aviation Museum in an Australian built CAC Mustang. Flown by Matt, the popular WWII era Mustang will take part in the October Flying program. Last weekend Matt finished his rookie year in the Red Bull Air Race World Championships on the podium winning 3rd place overall – an excellent result!
The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation built Mustang aircraft in Victoria under licence from North American Aviation in the USA. The American designation was P-51D. Historically, this aircraft is one of the greatest warplanes ever built and upon its introduction, proved to be one of the turning points in World War II. The decision to manufacture the Mustang in Australia was made during World War II as a result of the outstanding success achieved with the type as a long-range escort fighter on missions in Europe and the Pacific. It is suggested that the Mustang was the best all round fighter of the war. World War II finished before the Australian built Mustangs were completed. Australian Mustangs were used as part of the Japan Occupation Force and in combat during the Korean War. This particular Mustang is painted as A68-769, the personal aircraft of the Commanding Officer of No. 82 Squadron in Japan. The aircraft was subsequently transferred into No. 77 Squadron and was used in combat in Korea.
Mustang A68-769 is powered by a 12 cylinder Packard Merlin liquid cooled engine, and has the capability of reaching speeds of 925 km/h. Don’t miss Red Bull Air Race Champion Matt Hall flying the Mustang here at Temora during the 24th and 25th October Flying Weekend!
The newly restored RAAF Sabre will also fly again at the upcoming October Flying Weekend, so if you missed it last Flying Weekend you will see it fly again on the 24th and 25th of October. The Mustang and the Sabre will join the rest of the Museum’s historic aircraft collection for a great day out for all the family.
TWO BOOMERANGS ARE COMING BACK FOR THE FLYING WEEKEND
A second Boomerang owned by Jim Whalley and James Edwards will be coming over from South Australia to join in the October Flying Weekend. This aircraft’s restoration was recently completed by Matt Denning and it will be joining the Museum’s Boomerang in a historical formation flying display. Wearing RAAF No. 84 Squadron markings it made a brief stop at Temora in July before travelling to its new home in South Australia. Its owners Jim Whalley and James Edwards promised that this Boomerang would return and the October Flying Weekend is the time and place.
LINDSAY IS LEAVING
We are sad to report that Temora Aviation Museum’s Engineering Supervisor Lindsay Jordan is leaving us. Lindsay first started working on our Vampire at Bankstown in 1998 and commenced full time employment with Temora Aviation Museum Engineering at Temora in 2002. As an integral part of our team Lindsay quickly became a valuable source of aircraft knowledge and a friendly face around the Museum. Lindsay has decided to become a full time dad to his little guy Jett and move overseas with his family. We would like to wish the Jordan’s the best of luck for their future. We will certainly miss Lindsay here at the Museum.
To pre-purchase your tickets to the October Flying Weekend online, click on the ‘Purchase Tickets Online’ link on the homepage.
For further information regarding Museum Flying Days visit the ‘Flying Day Information’ link.
Join us for the last Flying Weekend of 2007. It is shaping up to be a big event with the inclusion of three visiting World War II aircraft. Col Pay will be bringing his P-40 Kittyhawk and P-51 Mustang. Allan Arthur will also bring along his P-40 Kittyhawk – don’t miss the two Kittyhawks at Temora! We also look forward to a special appearance from the Iroquois (Huey) helicopter from The Fleet Air Arm Museum at Nowra, NSW.
Bell Iroquois UH1-B, Serial Number: N9 – 882 (897) was bought from Bell helicopters in 1964 and served with 723 Squadron until 1987 when it was taken out of service and given to Australia’s Museum of Flight, Nowra NSW, as it was then known; (the Museum has since been renamed to The Fleet Air Arm Museum).
The UH1B Iroquois is recognised by its iconic shape and its classic chopper sound. The ‘U’ stands for utility, as opposed to attack or cargo helicopters. The initial designation of the UH1 was HU-1 (helicopter utility), and this led to its nickname, Huey. The UH1B is best remembered for its extensive use in the Vietnam War throughout the 60′s, and was assigned to 135th Assault Helicopter Company (part of US 214th Combat Aviation Battalion), before its return to Australia and HMAS Albatross.
Don’t miss all these visiting aircraft perform their flying displays both days during the weekend.
The Museum also has a long list of aircraft anticipated to perform in the weekend’s flying. They include the Canberra, Hudson, Meteor, both Spitfires, Vampire and many more…
CANBERRA CITY BAND
The Canberra City Band will be joining us on the Sunday of the Flying Weekend to provide entertainment at various times during the day. We look forward to their performance.
Remember to pack your sunscreen, a hat, and a light fold-up chair (if you have one) when visiting the Flying Weekend. The Museum will open at 10.00 am, with flying beginning at 11.00 am. The Museum closes at 4.00 pm. Food and refreshments are available on site.
We look forward to seeing you here on the weekend!