Warbirds Downunder will spread its wings in 2015
November 21st 2015 is the date set to stage the Temora Aviation Museum’s 3rd biennial airshow “Warbirds Downunder”.
The airshow will be a full day of entertainment with over 50 Warbird aircraft from all over the country taking part in the non-stop flying program. In previous years this event has attracted thousands of spectators and Warbirds Downunder 2015 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before.
Temora Shire Council Mayor, Cr Rick Firman had this to say about the announcement of Warbirds Downunder 2015. “Temora Shire is proud to again support Warbirds Downunder 2015, hosted by the Temora Aviation Museum. The significance of this event cannot be understated. When one analyses the economic benefits for Temora Shire, they are astounding, but it is not just Temora Shire that reaps the rewards of Warbirds Downunder, it is also a major boon for the entire Riverina Region, in many and varied ways. This is one of Australia’s major aviation events; Temora Shire is honoured to have such a major event, here in our special community”.
Temora will experience an influx of visitors during the Warbirds Downunder Airshow, with many of them wanting to stay on site at the aerodrome. The Temora Shire Council has partnered with the Temora Aviation Museum to ensure everyone who wants the full Warbirds Downunder experience, can. In anticipation of the demand, the booking process for the both the aerodrome camping and the event ticketing will be managed by TicketDirect.
Tickets are scheduled to be released at 10am Tuesday 5th May 2015, and will include premium ticketing options which are expected to be popular. Staying on site at the aerodrome will again be extremely popular and visitors are urged not to call the Temora Shire Offices to make reservations for the airfield camping sites. TicketDirect will be handling all bookings when tickets go on sale May 5th 2015, for more information visit the Warbirds Downunder website.
With just over 12 months until Warbirds Downunder Airshow 2015, visitors have plenty of time to plan their trip to Temora. For all of the current information about this amazing event and to stay up to date as new information comes to hand, visit the Warbirds Downunder 2015 website.
The Temora Aviation Museum has partnered with the Young District Arts Council to host a concert themed on Australia’s History Of War. The performance at the Museum will be the first in a series of three concerts designed to evoke the unmistakable spirit and emotion of the WWII era. The Temora aerodrome is a befitting location given its rich historical links with WWII when it was home to No.10 Elementary Flying Training School from 1940 through to the end of the war.
As the audience sit in the Museum’s display hangar, nestled amongst some of the world’s rarest and most unique WWII warbird aircraft, they will be treated to a variety of performances, including music, dance, poetry and letter readings that set the scene for one of the most influential times in Australian history. The Young District Arts Council are excited to bring the concert to the Temora Aviation Museum and are currently polishing the performance to ensure an evening of quality entertainment.
Lauren Frith, Concert Director from Young District Arts Council, said “The Temora concert is coming together just nicely, we are now in the final days of preparations and full dress rehearsals. Tickets are selling well but we are looking to fill this magnificent venue. Where else can you be surrounded by such history whilst enjoying a concert performance?”
The Temora concert will coincide with the ‘Fighters’ themed Aircraft Showcase on 18th October which will feature the Museum’s Boomerang and Meteor. Be a part of this special experience by visiting Temora on October 18th for Aircraft Showcase from 10am to 4pm, and then stay for the concert that evening. The concert commences at 7pm and the Museum Mess Hall will be open for drinks and snacks.
Tickets for the concert can be purchased from the Museum or online at the Young District Arts Council website or by calling the Museum, this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something special.
The Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia (V.S.C.C.A.) will descend on the Temora Aviation Museum this Saturday, 20th September, as part their 70th Anniversary Rally.
99 vintage and classic cars, ranging from the early 1900’s through to the 1930’s, will join the 70th Anniversary Rally as the V.S.C.C.A. celebrates this significant milestone. The Temora Aviation Museum will host the rally during Aircraft Showcase and these rare and beautiful vehicles will be on display within the Museum grounds providing visitors to Aircraft Showcase the opportunity to view the vehicles up close and talk with the owners about their pride and joy.
A selection of rally vehicles, representative of significant moments in the clubs 70 year history, will join the Museum’s aircraft on the flight line, the combination of aircraft and automobiles will make for a unique photo opportunity as rally organiser, David Stuart, provides commentary on the vehicles’ history and significance.
David Stuart said “Our members are really looking forward to attending the Temora Aviation Museum Aircraft Showcase. The enthusiasm shown by the Museum to involve our club in the Aircraft Showcase program is outstanding. We look forward seeing the wonderful displays of warbird aircraft and are grateful for the opportunity to showcase our members’ vintage and classic cars to the visiting public.”
The Aircraft Showcase program will feature the Museum’s Spitfire, Boomerang, and Sabre alongside Al Arthur’s visiting P-40 Kittyhawk. Doors open at 10.00am with the flying display commencing at 11.45am. Some of the V.S.C.C.A. vehicles include:
• 1909 S.C.A.T. 25/35
• 1918 C4 Amilcar
• 1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
• 1922 Delage Hispano Aero Special
• 1923 30-98 Vauxhall
• 1924 Lancia lambda
• 1924 AM Hotchkiss
• 1924 Sunbeam
• 1925 Mercedes Crossley Special
• 1926 Type 37A Bugatti
• 1928 12/50 Alvis
• 1229 Speed 6 Bentley
• 1933 MG L Magna MG
Temora Aviation Museum will host the Young District Arts Council with a WWII concert as part of a 4 concert series in the Riverina.
The Aviation Museum was the natural choice as the location of a WWII themed concert. With its rich links to WWII when it was home to an Elementary Flying Training School, the Museum felt that it was fitting and appropriate to be involved. The Young District Arts Council is producing a series of four concerts based around the subjects of WWI, WWII, Prisoners of War and the Light Horse Brigade.
The Temora concert will feature music, theatre, dance, singing and poetry. The Temora concert will coincide with the ‘Fighters’ themed Aircraft Showcase on 18th October which will feature the Museum’s Boomerang, Sabre and Meteor. Never before has the Temora Aviation Museum embarked on such a special experience, those attending will be treated to the spectacular ambiance of being surrounded by WWII Warbird Aircraft, theatrical lighting and quality performances put together by the Young District Arts Council.
Lauren Frith of the Young District Arts Council and director of the concert said “We are so excited to be a part of this unique experience. When we approached the Temora Aviation Museum to host the concert we were not sure what to expect, but as it turns out they have been super supportive and have been bending over backwards to make this event a success. The Young District Arts Council is so grateful for this opportunity and just hopes that we can attract a big audience to justify the effort which has gone into the concert.” Tickets for the concert can be purchased from the Museum. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something special.
SHOOT! Warbird Photography Workshop
The first SHOOT! Photography Workshop will be held this weekend in conjunction with Aircraft Showcase. After announcing this new innovation during August it sold out within a matter of hours, consequently the Museum announced two more workshops to take place prior to Christmas with all vacancies also filled.
SHOOT! is a unique Warbird photography workshop designed for photographers of all abilities. Whether you’re a hobbyist, student, emerging or a professional photographer, SHOOT! provides an opportunity to capture stunning images from exclusive vantage points and advance your technical ability. Hosted at the Temora Aviation Museum, SHOOT! educates photographers with the best techniques for aviation photography.
Utilising a selection of the Museum’s premier collection of Warbird aircraft you will receive hands-on tuition from internationally acclaimed photographer, Penelope Beveridge We will continue to release more dates for the Shoot! Experience to take place in 2015, if you would like to register your interest contact the Museum on 0269771088, email or check out the information pack at the Museum website
Aircraft Showcase – Frontline Fighters
Aircraft Showcase will feature the Museum’s Spitfire, Boomerang and Sabre as Frontline Fighters. Allan Arthur will again be showing his support for the Museum by bringing his P-40 Kittyhawk from Albury to participate.
The spring weather is well and truly here making it the perfect time of year to get in the car and head to Temora for a great day out. Combine the line-up of warbird aircraft with the display of classic and vintage from the Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia (V.S.C.C.A.) and Saturday’s Aircraft Showcase will be like stepping back to the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and beyond.
Sabre returns to the skies at this Saturday’s Aircraft Showcase
The RAAF CA-27 Sabre will return to the skies over Temora this Saturday 5th July as it takes part in Aircraft Showcase – “WWII to Korea”. This will be the Sabre’s first flight since early April and Squadron Leader Paul Simmons is looking forward to getting back in the seat again. Accompanying the Sabre this Saturday will be Temora Aviation Museum’s Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI and Lockheed Hudson, conditions will be cool but great flying weather is forecast.
For more details go to Aircraft Showcase
“Winging It” is a recent popular addition to the Aircraft Showcase program, “Winging It” affords visitors the opportunity to interact with select aviation guest speakers. The Q&A session allows the guest speaker to share their experiences and related stories accompanied with a photographic presentation.
This Saturdays edition of “Winging It” will feature Squadron Leader Paul Simmons , Paul is a current serving RAAF F/A-18 Hornet Fighter Combat Instructor and has a very intriguing and interesting aviation career. Following Winging It will be the commencement of the flying program and of course the popular Engineering Hangar Tour with the pilots and engineers on hand to answer any questions, demonstrate current maintenance programs and get you closer to the aircraft.
Centenary First Airmail Flight Australia
In July 1914 The French aviator Maurice Guillaux carried 1,785 specially prepared and numbered postcards from Melbourne to Sydney, taking 2 days 5 hours and 43 minutes. It was the longest airmail journey in the world at the time.
The Aviation Historical Society of NSW is coordinating a major re-enactment flight and 1,785 numbered postcards, based on the originals, will be carried on various aircraft during the re-enactment. The Museum’s beautiful Ryan STM historic open cockpit aircraft is taking part by carrying the mail bag from Wagga Wagga arriving in Temora around 1200 pm on Sunday 13th July. The mail bag will then be handed over for the next leg of the flight to neighbouring Harden before leap frogging its way to Sydney.
In 2010 Australia Post released stamps which celebrated the centenary of powered flight in Australia and asked the Museum to take part in a flight from Wagga to Temora as part of Australia Post’s official release of three stamps which featured pioneer aviators Harry Houdini, John Duigan and Colin DeFries.
For more details go to Australia’s First Air Mail
Temora Aviation Museum Proudly Supports Anzac Day Services across the Riverina
Temora Aviation Museum aircraft will take part in Anzac Day ceremonies all over the Riverina this Friday by performing fly-pasts in honour of the men and woman who served our great country. The Temora Aviation Museum’s Mk XVI Spitfire, Wirraway and Cessna O-2A will participate in Anzac Day services at Temora, Springdale, Ardlethan, Ariah Park, Coolamon, Junee, Urinquinty & Cootamundra. Temora Aviation Museum President and Founder Mr David Lowy AM, said “It is an honour for the Museum to be involved in Anzac Day services. By conducting these fly pasts, it is our aim to recognise those who have served in defence of Australia during conflict and times of peace.” The Temora Aviation Museum collects and maintains in airworthy condition, historical military aircraft types flown by, or in conjunction with, Australian military forces. The Museum aims to honour men and women, like the many Anzacs, who contributed during times of war. As part of this acknowledgment the Museum has interviewed hundreds of ex-service men and women as part of the Museum’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ project. This exhibition provides a biographical database which documents the stories and recollections that are vital to the pioneering spirit of Australia’s military aviation heritage. As a sign of respect, the Museum will not open to the public until midday on Anzac Day.
Temora to support Wings Over Illawarra
The busy start to the year will continue with the Museum supporting the popular event hosted by the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS), “Wings Over Illawarra” at the Illawarra airport on Sunday May 4th. The Temora Aviation Museum’s Mk VIII Spitfire and Lockheed Hudson will join the activities which will include everything from aerobatic, historic, modern and military aircraft displays along with Defence Force exhibits, freestyle motocross displays, classis cars and bikes, amusement rides and merchandise and food stalls. Wings Over Illawarra will be welcoming former RAAF fighter pilot and Red Bull Air Race competitor Matt Hall to display, this is promised to a great day out for the entire family. For more information visit HARS
Trainers to Fighters will be featured on the 3rd of May as part of Aircraft Showcase. The day will start with the Ryan STM Trainer and progress through to the Boomerang with the ever popular Spitfire completing the flying program with its trademark display. Those wanting the full Aircraft Showcase experience are encouraged to hang around and chat with the engineering team as part of Engineering Talk, this is your opportunity to learn more about the aircraft maintenance operations here at the Museum and the projects currently taking place in the engineering facility. For all of the Aircraft Showcase dates visit the Museum website.
Mothers Day Special
Want to impress Mum this Mother’s Day, why not explore the Museum’s online shop for that perfect present. Up until Mother’s Day if you spend $50 or more on the Museum’s online shop you will receive an annual pass to the Museum valued at $50. Some wonderful new items have just arrived so go to the online shop to find that unique present for that special mum this Mothers Day.
The Temora Aviation Museum welcomes the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia (AAAA) for their 40 year celebration fly-in.
Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia Descend on the Temora Aviation Museum
It is expected that more than 150 antique, classic, contemporary & warbird aircraft will fly into Temora this weekend for the AAAA’s annual fly-in which will celebrate 40 years of operation for the club. Members will travel from as far as Queensland and Western Australia with some very special aircraft assured to be in attendance. The antique, classic, contemporary & warbird aircraft will begin to arrive on Friday 28th and depart on Sunday 30th March. Although the fly-in will not include any official flying displays there will be plenty of action with so many arriving and departing aircraft as well as unique aircraft to view on the ground. Visitors to the Museum will be able to use the train shuttle service, which is provided free of charge, to see the aircraft up close and tour the flight line. Chief Executive of the Museum Kenny Love said “we welcome all members associated with the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia; it will be exciting to see so many rare and unique aircraft descend on Temora which is an airfield with so much history. This is a great opportunity for enthusiasts to look at aircraft of all types”. The Museum’s exhibition spaces will be open from 10am each day with the entire collection available for inspection and the Mess Hall will operational selling food and drinks. Entry is via the Temora Aviation Museum located at 1 Tom Moon Avenue and admission applies.
April Aircraft Showcase
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