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.
September 16 2006 will go down in the history of Temora Aviation Museum as the day the Prime Minister of Australia The Honorable John Howard MP attended a Flying Day and officiated at a ceremony to celebrate the Museum’s achievements during its first five years and open the new 05/23 runway.
The Prime Minister arrived at 10.45am and was given a personal tour of the Museum taking time to say hello to many visitors along the way. The Prime Minister spoke with many WWII Veterans and gathered with them for photos in front of the Spitfire. The weather was perfect, allowing the ceremony to take place out on the Museum tarmac with a magical backdrop including the Lockheed Hudson, Mk XVI Spitfire, Boomerang, Tigermoth and Wirraway. A choir of children made up of students from the five Temora Shire schools performed the National Anthem followed by speeches by Temora Shire Council Mayor Nigel Judd, Museum President and Founder David Lowy AM and The Prime Minister of Australia, The Honorable John Howard MP.
In his speech David shared with everyone:
“The Temora Aviation Museum represents many things to me, at it’s most basic level it’s the fulfilment of a boyhood dream; ever since I was a kid I was passionate about flying and anything to do with aviation. I have to thank my mother Shirley Lowy, who is sitting here in front here for that. When I was about five years old we lived on a steep hill in Dover Heights in Sydney just near the cliffs fronting the Pacific Ocean, ideal conditions for a prevailing up draught particularly in summer; my mother bought me a small balsawood glider and every afternoon after school Mum would take me to the top of the hill where I would throw the glider into the air and watch it glide all the way down the hill, I’d be there for hours, sometimes till dark mesmerized watching this glider float through the air; ever since then I’ve wanted to fly and aviation has been part of me so Mum you were the start of what we see today”.
The Prime Minister stated:
“Very importantly indeed, most importantly, I acknowledge the presence of veterans of WWII, of the war in Korea and in Vietnam because today more than anything else is a salute to that remarkable band of men who did so much for all of us in the darker days of WWII, anybody who has any recall of WWII will remember that extraordinary remark of Winston Churchill that never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few and the men gathered here today, the returned airmen are gathered here today are part of that great tradition that was honoured in that evocative and forever remembered phrase.
Can I also say on behalf of all of you of how much we are in the debt of David Lowy, his wife and all of the others who have poured so much energy and enthusiasm into this aviation museum.”
A commemorative plaque was unveiled and the RAAF Roulettes surprised Museum visitors by arriving into their aerobatic display.
A highlight of the day was the debut of the new Mk XVI Spitfire TB863 and a formation display of the Museum’s two Spitfires flown by Steve Death and Guy Bourke. Also in the program were two Mustangs and Col Pay’s P-40 Kittyhawk
Special visitors included Veterans from RAAF 457 and 453 Squadrons including Russell Leith who actually flew the Museum’s Mk XVI Spitfire on operational missions in Europe during WWII. Spitfire TB 863’s former owner Sir Tim Wallis traveled from Wanaka NZ to see the historic Australian debut
The Temora Shire Council is constructing an additional runway here at Temora. The project has been under development for over 12 months and construction commenced prior to the end of 2003. The new runway will be 2000m long and oriented NE/SW or 05/23.
The Temora Aviation Museum is excited about this project as it will give greater flexability to our aircraft operations. The runway is part of the Temora Shire’s ongoing commitment to attract aviation related businesses to Temora. The runway is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter 2004.