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.
Sunrise Program to honour Ted Sly on Saturday
In 2001 Channel 7 Journalist Monique Wright travelled to Temora Aviation Museum to meet with two WWII Spitfire pilots, Wing Commander Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes, DSO, DFC and bar and Flt Lt. Edward Livingston Lyell “Ted” Sly, DFC, MID, two gentleman who quickly became known to her as Bobby and Ted.
Monique interviewed both men and produced a feature for 7’s Sunrise breakfast program and, in the process, she established friendships which lasted for the rest of their lives.
Monique attended Ted’s memorial service last Tuesday and put together a tribute which will feature during the Weekend Sunrise show this Saturday on Channel 7 between 7am and 10am.
It is currently scheduled for 7:35am but is subject to normal program timing fluctuations. Viewers are encouraged to post their comments on Sunrise’s “Soapbox” (details on Sunrise website) and Monique will ensure they are passed on to Ted’s family.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING – SPECIAL OFFER
With Christmas fast approaching, there is still time to purchase the perfect gift from the wide range of merchandise at our online giftshop. We have something for everyone, toys, books, DVD’s, Homewares, Clothing and Caps.
The Warbirds Downunder 2013 Airshow DVD is now in stock. For all of you who pre-purchased this production – they were mailed to you today. For anyone who would still like to purchase a copy, stocks are limited so to secure your copy, order today.
Our range this Christmas includes Phil Makanna’s WWI Ghost Calendar for 2014.
We are offering a special Christmas promotion for all purchases of the WWI Ghost Calendar made between today and Christmas Day (while stocks last). If you buy the WWI Ghost Calendar, we will give you a FREE ANNUAL PASS to the Temora Aviation Museum (including Showcase Days, excluding Warbirds Downunder) valued at $50. Check out the shop now!
2014 Flying Dates
Here are the flying dates for the next six months:
Dec 21st, 2013 – No Aircraft Showcase
Jan 4th 2014 – No Aircraft Showcase
Jan 18th 2014 – No Aircraft Showcase
Feb 1st 2014 – Fighters and Attack Spitfire, Boomerang, P-40, Sabre
Feb 15th 2014 – Fighters Spitfire, Meteor, Boomerang, A-37, T-28
Mar 1st 2014 – No Aircraft Showcase Due to TAM support ADF Airshow Point Cook
Mar 15th 2014 – Spitfire and Trainers Spitfire, Ryan, Tiger Moth, Birddog
Apr 5th 2014 – WWII Pacific Theatre Sabre, Spitfire, Wirraway, Hudson
Apr 19th 2014 – No Aircraft Showcase Due to NATFLY event held at Temora
May 3rd 2014 – Trainers to Fighters Spitfire, Boomerang, Tiger Moth, Ryan
May 17th 2014 – Bomber / Attack Hudson, A37, T-28, Sabre
Jun 7th 2014 – Fighters Spitfire, Meteor, Boomerang, A37
Jun 21st 2014 – North American Aviation Spitfire, Harvard, T-28, Sabre
Warbirds Downunder 2013 Ticket Sales
The tickets for Warbirds Downunder 2013 went on sale July 15th and, if the interest generated during the first day is any indication, we are in for a spectacular event. It took only 25 minutes for the Gold Pass tickets to sell out and only a few more hours for the Silver and Bronze Pass tickets to sell out. General Admission tickets have been popular but we still have plenty still available for purchase.
Warbirds Downunder 2013 promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family with just as much to see on the ground as in the air. The children will be entertained with Kids Korner providing paper aeroplane making, colouring in competition, face painting and a jumping castle.
For the bigger kids, a collection of ex-military, vintage and classic cars will be on display along with a WWII re-enactment group. The RAAF Hot Air Balloon will be providing tethered rides and Defence Force Recruiting will be providing information on a career in the defence force.
Early bird pricing is still in effect, so to avoid paying a premium for your Warbirds Downunder 2013 tickets ensure that you purchase them before the airshow. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the Museum gift shop. For more information about Warbirds Downunder and purchasing tickets please CLICK HERE.
Warbirds Downunder 2013 Pilot Information
Are you planning on flying into Warbirds Downunder 2013? If so, the Temora Aviation Museum has prepared some important pilot information which will assist you in planning a safe and enjoyable trip, for all of the details go to the Museums website or CLICK HERE.
The Unique Accommodation Alternative for Warbirds Downunder 2013
If you have not yet booked your accommodation for Warbirds Downunder 2013 take a look at Squadron Tent Barracks for comfortable and affordable accommodation in the best location available.
The Squadron Tent Barracks is a temporary on-site accommodation facility consisting of cabin style tents tall enough to stand up in, this form of accommodation is commonly used at major events and festivals providing a convenient, warm, friendly atmosphere along with cooperative staff that makes this facility a popular alternative and a great way to meet similar minded people.
This new glamping option has been very popular so far but tents are still available. Take the hassle out of camping and let us do it all for you when you stay at the Squadron Tent Barracks.
To check out all of the benefits and details of the Squadron Tent Barracks CLICK HERE
Temora Aviation Museum Pays Tribute to a True Hero
Temora Aviation Museum’s iconic Spitfire Mk. VIII took part in the memorial service for Tony Gaze OAM, DFC** on Thursday 15th August 2013. The memorial service was held at the Geelong Grammar School Chapel giving members of the public the chance to honor the amazing life of this significant Australian. The Spitfire performed two low level flypasts as a mark of respect for Tony’s contributions during WWII.
Temora Aviation Museum President and Founder Mr David Lowy AM said “It is an honor for the Museum to be involved in Tony Gaze’s Memorial Service. Tony Gaze made significant contributions to the war effort flying Spitfires with the Royal Air Force. He finished WWII as one of Australia’s most decorated Fighter Aces with 11 destroys and 3 shared to his name, it was wonderful to see so many people attend the service to honor and admire the contributions Tony has made to his country.”
The Museum’s Chief Executive Mr Kenny Love said “the Spitfire flypast at Tony Gaze’s memorial service was unique to the operations here at the Museum, but it was a rare opportunity to be able to pay tribute to a WWII Spitfire Ace. Tony’s contributions exemplify everything the Museum stands for”.
For a full report from journalist Steve Creedy of The Australian newspaper CLICK HERE.
Only 3 Aircraft Showcase Days Remaining for 2013
With Warbirds Downunder 2013 fast approaching we only have three Aircraft Showcases scheduled for the remainder of 2013. The first one will be held on September 21st where the Museum will showcase a WWII Pacific Theatre program flying the MkVIII Spitfire, Wirraway and Hudson Bomber. Spring time produces some beautiful flying conditions and makes for an ideal time to watch these aircraft in the air as they prepare for Warbirds Downunder 2013.
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|
Spitfire Mk VIII
VH-HET our Spitfire Mk VIII is set to return to the skies this Saturday after a prolonged absence due to an engine overhaul. The Museum’s Engineering Team lead by Chief Engineer Andrew Bishop has invested an enormous amount of time and effort into returning the aircraft to flying status. Vintage V 12’s in the United States was chosen to perform the overhaul of the Merlin Engine and during the process, Andrew spent several weeks in the U.S. working closely with Vintage V 12’s throughout the strip down and rebuild process.
In speaking with Andrew he said “the many weeks I spent in the U.S. with Vintage V 12’s was an invaluable experience with so much learnt about this complex engine, the Museum now has a greater understanding of the Merlin Engine which should see the Museum’s Spitfires serviceable for many years to come. After some initial engine ground runs and the first of a series of check flights later in the week, it is hoped that we are able to display the Mk VIII to the public on Saturday during Aircraft Showcase.
It has been some time since the Big Black Cat visited the Temora Aviation Museum but visitors attending this Saturday’s Aircraft Showcase will be treated to the spectacular display which the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Catalina VH PBZ in renowned for.
The crew from HARS always put on a great show and pilot Gordon Glynn said he is really looking forwad to bringing the Cat to Temora where he will allow our visitors to get up close and personnel with the Catalina during the morning prior to the flying program commencing.
The line-up for Saturdays flying is quite exciting. Al Arthur is bringing his P-40 to complement the Pearl Harbor theme while the Museum’s Tiger Moth and Ryan will also take part. What a line-up of aircraft to finish what has been an action packed year at the Museum. The weather prediction is for a very warm summer day, so make sure that you pack your sunscreen and hat and come and join us this Saturday for the last Aircraft Showcase of 2012.
The first Aircraft Showcase for 2013 will be January 19th and with the theme of CAC Australian Made the Sabre, Boomerang, Wirraway, Winjeel & Ceres are all scheduled to participate.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING – SPECIAL OFFER
With Christmas fast approaching, you can purchase the perfect gift from the wide range of merchandise at our online giftshop. We have something for everyone, toys, books, DVD’s, Homewares, Clothing and Caps. Our range this Christmas includes Phil Makanna’s Ghost Calendars for 2013. http://www.aviationmuseum.com.au/shop/index.php?_a=category&cat_id=13
We are offering a special Christmas promotion for all purchases of the Ghost Calendar made between today and Christmas Day (while stocks last). If you buy either the WWI or WWII calendar, we will give you a FREE ANNUAL PASS to the Temora Aviation Museum (including Showcase Days, excluding Warbirds Downunder) valued at $50. Check out the shop now!
The Spitfire Mk VIII is rapidly going back together after the rebuild of its engine mount, renewing of some plumbing and repair of its main fuel tanks. A fresh Merlin engine is currently being fitted to the airframe and the propeller is being overhauled in the UK. The Engineering team is working towards returning the Mk VIII to the air in October.
This Saturday, September 8th, will see the 2012 Coates Hire Temora 1000 event held here on the aerodrome. Access to the event will be via the Temora Aviation Museum and visitors can expect to see over 80 cars participate in the point to point single car sprint down runway 18/36 for a distance of 1000 meters. The event also includes a Show’n’Shine which will be staged on the Museum’s tarmac. The weather forecast for Saturday is favourable and with the aircraft collection in the Display Hangar and the fast paced action on the runway, it is sure to be a day which will not disappoint. Gates open at 7am.
Aircraft Showcase – Fighters
Our next Aircraft Showcase will be held on Saturday September 15th and will explore the Fighter theme with special remembrance paid to the anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Making up the flying program for the day will be Harvard’s, Spitfire, Meteor, Boomerang and Cessna A-37B Dragonfly.
The Temora Aviation Museum will be hosting a special guest during this Aircraft Showcase. The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, will be attending the event as part of a two day visit to Temora Shire. Ms Bryce will tour the Museum buildings prior to witnessing the aircraft flying displays.
Ms Bryce will attend a Fundraising dinner for the Temora & District Education Fund (TDEF) to be held in the Museum’s Display Hangar on the Saturday evening. The Temora & District Education Fund was established to provide much needed financial assistance and support to local youth to help them achieve their post high school education, training and vocation aspirations. Temora & District Education Fund fundraises throughout the year and accepts donations but receives no government funding. Temora Aviation Museum Founder and President, Mr David Lowy AM will be the guest speaker at the TDEF dinner and guests will be treated to the musical talents of local band Kiss My Brass.
Tickets are still available for this event with the details as follows:
Date: Saturday, September 15
Venue: Temora Aviation Museum Display Hangar
Tickets $70 per person, including a two course dinner.
Tickets available Temora Shire Council 02 6980 1100
This weekend will see plenty of activity at the Temora Aviation Museum with Aircraft Showcase – Australian Frontline being presented to visitors on Saturday May 5th. The fantastic line up of aircraft includes the Spitfire Mk XVI, Boomerang, Meteor and two visiting Harvard’s owned by Doug Hamilton and David and Carolyn Salter. We are now also able to confirm that Al Arthur will be participating with his P-40 Kittyhawk which will make for a full program of flying. To complement the day’s activities, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Museum’s engineering hangar and investigate the current activities taking place. Perfect autumn weather is forecast so make sure you bring a jumper and come to Temora to see these historic aircraft take to the skies with some very talented and experienced pilots at the controls. Don’t forget that all pilots will be available after the flying during engineering talk to answer your questions and share their knowledge and experience.
In the engineering hangar visitors will see the Mk VIII Spitfire with its engine, engine mount and fuselage fuel tanks removed as it is currently receiving a complete restoration forward of the firewall. This is a massive task which will ensure the longevity of the aircraft. The engineers responsible for this project will be on-hand during the engineering hangar tour to answer any questions and give those interested a closer look at their progress.
Wings Over Illawarra 2012
The Museum is supporting the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) event, Wings over Illawarra 2012 on Sunday May 6th. The Hudson, Meteor and Wirraway will leave Temora at the completion of Aircraft Showcase on Saturday and make the journey to Albion Park for the open day. For more details you can go to http://woi.org.au
Upcoming Aircraft Showcase Dates
May 5th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Australian Frontline
May 19th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – WWII to Korea
Jun 2nd, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Pacific Theatre
Jun 16th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Korean Conflict
Warbirds Downunder Airshow
Thank you to everyone that has shown interest in a date for the next Warbirds Downunder Airshow. We can now confirm that our next Warbirds Downunder Airshow will be held towards the end of 2013. We will release the date via this newsletter soon.
Have you ever dreamt of being in an aerial dog fight, piloting a P-40 and shooting down other aircraft or being shot at? This weekend you will have the opportunity to be get up close and personnel with three of TAM’s infamous fighter aircraft, as they take to the sky you can get a feel for what it might have been like. See our Spitfire MK XVI, CAC Boomerang and RAAF CAC Sabre in full flight this this Saturday (March 17th) from 10am. Making a special guest appearance will be Allan Arthurs P-40, a ferocious fighter!
The Boomerang was Australia’s answer to a desperate need for fighter aircraft during WWII and in a hurry, going from drawing board to full flight in just over 16 weeks. Despite it’s short gestation period it served us well. The Boomerang was flown by R.A.A.F. Squadron’s No’s 4, 5, 83 and 85 defending the mainland, undertaking escort duties for shipping convoys and air to air operations against the Japanese. The Boomerang still remains the only fully Australian designed and built fighter aircraft to see ever production.
The infamous Spitfire was made famous through its involvement in the Battle of Britain and has become synonymous as the aircraft of WWII. See our Mk XVI in action and hear the story of it’s armed reconnaissance mission in the Utrecht/Hague/Leiden area during WWII. Painted in the markings that it wore when flown with RAAF 453 Squadron, this combat veteran is well known to enthusiasts around the world having spent many years in New Zealand as part of Sir Tim Wallis’ Alpine Fighter Collection before coming to Temora Aviation Museum (TAM).
Jump ahead almost 20 years and allow yourself to soar as you hear the Sabre’s magnificent Rolls-Royce/CAC RA.7 Avon Mk.26 axial flow turbojet engine start up. TAM’s RAAF Sabre saw service with the RAAF on the Australian mainland and then later with the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
Allan Arthur is bringing his P-40 Kittyhawk to the Museum to complement the Aircraft Showcase – Fighter theme. Built in 1943 his P-40N1 Kittyhawk is powered by an Allison 1710 V-12 engine which is rated at 1400 horsepower. The aircraft was retrieved as a wreck from a fire dump in New Zealand before being completely restored and painted to represent GAQ from RAF 112 Shark Squadron which fought in the Middle East against Rommel before moving on to Sicily and Italy. Allan spent more then six years rebuilding the aircraft and since returning it to the skies he has flown it more then 140 hours enabling thousands of people to see this magnificent machine!
Beat the Mothers Day Rush!
With Mothers Day just around the corner why not pop into our Gift Shop whilst at our showcase this Saturday. We have a lovely range of gifts for our Aviation loving mums. Perhaps she would enjoy 14k gold Airplane post earings, always a conversation starter, or glam up shower time with a pink camouflage showercap!
For those who are unable to make it here befor Mothers Day you are still able to purchase from our wide range of merchandise. Just CLICK HERE to head to our online shop more inspiration!
Upcoming Showcase Dates
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
The Temora Aviation Museum, which operates the only two flying Spitfires in Australia, has funded twelve business class airfares enabling veterans representing Australian World War II Squadrons to attend a commemorative service being held in the Royal Air Force’s Church – St Clement Danes in London.
President of the Spitfire Association, Lysle Roberts, who enlisted with RAAF 457 Squadron as an 18 year old in 1943 said, “After 64 years to be able to say a last farewell to our lost friends and comrades is an occasion we never dreamed could eventuate. Through the overwhelming generosity of the Temora Aviation Museum this can now be achieved.”
The first church on the site was built by a Danish community in the 9th century. The church was first rebuilt by William the Conqueror, and then again in the Middle Ages. It was in such a bad state by the end of the 17th century that it was demolished and again rebuilt this time by Christopher Wren. The church was almost destroyed by German bombs during the London Blitz of May 10, 1941. The outer walls, the tower and the steeple, survived the bombing, but the interior was gutted by fire. Following an appeal for funds by the Royal Air Force, the church was completely restored and was re-consecrated on 1958 to become the Central Church of the Royal Air Force.
The Welsh slate floor of the church is inscribed with the badges of over 800 Royal Air Force commands, groups, stations, squadrons and other formations. Near the entrance door is a ring of the badges of Commonwealth air forces, surrounding the badge of the RAF. The ceremony which will take place on March 26th is to acknowledge the addition of eleven badges representing five Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) fighter squadrons and six RAAF bomber squadrons who played a great role in the defence of England during World War II.
Museum Chief Executive Kenny Love spoke with 91 year old Spitfire Pilot Ted Sly just before he boarded the plane to England today. Ted said, “My job is to represent the boys who aren’t here and the tremendous contribution that they made for freedom. Many of the finest pilots paid the supreme sacrifice – the price of freedom isn’t cheap.”
A television news story can be seen tonight on ABC News at 7.00 pm. The story is definite for NSW viewers and it is hoped it will be broadcast nationwide.
Temora Aviation Museum is a proud supporter of “Spitfire Guardians” a new documentary film screening on The History Channel for Remembrance day November 11, premiering at 6.30pm QLD time, 7.30pm AEDST. Featuring narration by Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, rare WWII archive footage, and of course Temora’s MKVIII Grey Nurse Spitfire.
The echoes of war rippled throughout the world in 1939, reaching the ears of young men eager to prove their worth in the coming battle. Engineers, bankers, farmers and schoolboys answered the call. Hundreds of thousands entered service for their country.
The Supermarine Spitfire was the pinnacle of fighter plane technology at that time, capturing the imagination of the people for its valiant defense of England in the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire fought in every major theater of war, from the deserts of the Middle East, the jungles of Burma, the scrub of Australia, the skies of England and France, and the islands of the Pacific and Mediterranean. The experiences of the pilots involved in the Battle of Britain are well documented, what is not well documented is the varied experiences of the Australian men who were trained then scattered to the far corners of the globe. Their only knowledge was of their job, their trust in their ground crew and the Spitfire fighter aircraft.
Spitfire Guardians has captured their essence, their pain, sorrow, joy and affection. Narrated by Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, their stories are from a time of uncertainty, their world a cockpit and gun sight. Even today the Spitfire still captures the imagination of generations, the men who flew and maintained it are part of a select few who understand its true charisma.
Australian Premiere 11 November 2007
Directed by Simon Van Der Spoel
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.
The exhaust pipes on the Packard built Rolls Royce Merlin engine are still warm following the initial test flight of Temora Aviation Museum’s new Supermarine Mk XVI Spitfire TB863. Steve Death arrived at the Museum yesterday afternoon to get ready for todays test flight. His preparation included a short flight in the Mk VIII Spitfire and reviewing the test flight schedule with Chief Engineer Peter Pring-Shambler.
With the ink barely dry on the Certificate of Airworthiness Steve climbed into the cockpit this afternoon, pressed the starter button and smiled as the Merlin came to life.
Steve stated: “It was a pleasure to fly such a nice airplane. The Mk XVI performed extremely well and is remarkably similar to our other Spitfire, the Mk VIII. The Museum engineering team did an excellent job reassembling the aircraft and that was made evident when the test flight schedule was completed without a single defect being noted. I can’t wait for Museum visitors to see the new Spitfire on September 16th and 17th”
The Museum is planning to fly both Spitfires in formation at our next Flying Weekend. It will be a huge event with the RAAF Roulettes, Mustang, Boomerang and more.