The wait is over as tickets for Warbirds Downunder 2015 are now on sale. With the addition of the Friday Evening Airshow, Warbirds Downunder 2015 is one of the most anticipated Australian airshows in recent years. The Friday Evening Airshow (20th November) will round out the full day airshow on Saturday (21st November).
With Warbirds Downunder 2013 being the benchmark as spectators witnessed over 52 aircraft perform ranging from WWII warbirds through to current serving RAAF aircraft, you can be assured a fantastic day out this November. Some of the aircraft included Spitfires, P-40, Mustang, Vampire, Boomerang, Hudson, RAAF Roulettes, RAAF F/A-18 Hornets, RAAF Hawks, Caribou, Super Constellation, Catalina, A-37 Dragonfly just to name a few.
We have a ticketing option for everyone including premium Gold, Silver & Bronze tickets, two day passes and single day passes, all of which are available from the Warbirds Downunder website.
If you have a swag, tent, campervan, caravan or motorhome, and airfield camping is what you are looking for, you can also purchase your campsite whilst purchasing your Airshow tickets. Don’t own a tent or caravan but still want to stay on the airfield? No problem, Squadron Tent Barracks is the answer; get the “Glamping” experience whilst having the convenience of staying on the airfield a short walk from the entrance gate.
Visit the Warbirds Downunder website www.warbirdsdownunderairshow.com.au for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Aircraft Showcase – Vietnam
Are you looking for something action packed? Why not join us for one of our Aircraft Showcase Days? These enjoyable days have been planned to provide you with an up close and personal experience and the program this Saturday, February 18th, will be no exception with five aircraft taking to the skies.
The flying program for this Saturday pays tribute to the operations of the RAAF, Australian pilots and support personnel during the Vietnam War. The Museum will fly two of the aircraft from the collection being the Cessna O-2A, which was flown by Australian pilots in the Forward Air Control operations, and the Cessna A-37B Dragonfly which carried out ground attack missions in support of Australian ground troops.
To add to the action we will be joined by Gordon Glynn’s Cessna O-1 Birddog, Steve Death’s T-28 Trojan and an awesome display from the Royal Australian Navy Historic Flight Huey helicopter. The Huey will demonstrate its manoeuvrability and capability in the air and for those of you who have never seen one in action it is a ‘must see’.
This flying line up of aircraft is sure to please all who come along and don’t forget you can stay after the flying ends to have a chat with our experienced team of Engineers and Pilots. Aircraft Showcase is a great day out for the family so pack up the kids and head out to Temora.
Following our very successful official launch which was attended by the Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP in December 2011 we were featured on the front cover of the N.S.W. History Teachers Association’s quarterly journal Teaching History. With the advent of the new school year Temora Aviation Museum is excited and ready for the students to visit us on school excursions during 2012.
Our new education programs have been created to challenge students to learn from history so that they can make informed decisions in the present and for the future. The program content makes the most of our incredible collection of historical ex-military Australian aircraft and engages students to make history relevant.
Each program includes a comprehensive Teachers Resource Kit with:
· suggested pre visit and post visit activities
· explicit Outcomes and links to Key Learning Areas
· outline of the experience components
· bibliography and a list of suggested resources
· worksheets for students
Vacancies are filling fast so to avoid disappointment we encourage you to call and reserve your class’ excursion soon. For more information visit our website or call 02 6977 1088 and ask to speak to our Education Co-ordinator.
Announcing 2012 Showcase Dates and Themes
Mark the diary for your regular trip to Temora Aviation Museum’s Aircraft Showcase Days.
Feb 18th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Korea to Vietnam
Cessna O-1, Cessna O-2A, A-37B Dragonfly, T-28, Huey
Mar 3rd, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Trainer to Jets
Wirraway, Ryan, Meteor
Mar 17th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Fighters
Spitfire, Boomerang, Sabre, P-40
Apr 7th, 2012 No Aircraft Showcase
NATFLY here at Temora Aerodrome
Apr 21st, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Three Conflicts
Spitfire, Hudson, A-37, Sabre
May 5th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Australian Frontline
Spitfire, Boomerang, Meteor, Harvard
May 19th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – WWII to Korea
Tiger Moth, Wirraway, Ryan, Sabre
Jun 2nd, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Pacific Theatre
Spitfire, Hudson, Ryan, P-40
Jun 16th, 2012 Aircraft Showcase – Korean Conflict
Cessna O-1, Harvard, Meteor, Sabre
The weekend is rapidly approaching and the Museum staff are getting ready for Aircraft Showcase – Forward Air Control. The Museum’s Cessna O-2A and A-37B Dragonfly will be joined by visiting aircraft which include two Cessna Birddogs, owned by Gordon Glynn, The Royal Australian Navy Historic Flight’s UH-1 Huey and Steve Death’s T-28 Trojan. The Iroquois UH1B helicopter is graced with the iconic helicopter shape and the classic “wokka wokka” chopper sound. The UH-1 was used extensively in Vietnam throughout the 1960′s, was assigned to 135th Assault Helicopter Company (part of US 214th Combat Aviation Battalion) and now has a home with Nowra’s Historic Flight.
The Museum’s Cessna O-2A and both Birddogs are Forward Air Control veterans with records showing that the O-2A has logged more the 4,100 hours in combat. Gordon’s grey Birddog logged in excess of 10,000 combat flying hours, was shot down twice and had a mid air collision with a fighter which cut off several feet of one wing. The pilot Lt Col Richard Brown, who was a veteran of WWII and Korea, managed to land safely. This aircraft now carries the markings of the Royal Thai Air Force. The green ‘Dog was used as a FAC and served with Air America including some time with the Ravens. At one stage of its life it had twin M-60 machine guns mounted under the wings.
The flying will include a combination of individual sequences and some formation flying mixed with interviews from the pilots. When the flying is complete our visitors are invited to check out the Engineering Hangar where demonstrations will be taking place. Currently the Spitfire Mk VIII is undergoing an annual inspection and you will see the aircraft with all its panels removed. The Spitfire will be up on jacks and the engineering team will show you how the landing gear retracts as they put it through several cycles using a hydraulic power supply.
Two adventure motorbike riders are on the journey of a lifetime, crossing Australia from East to West before returning home via the southern coastline. Damian Milo and Bruce Potts, will be completing a passion that has been in the planning for years, inspired by other great adventure motorcycling tales from around the globe and their own deep driven instincts for adventure and living life to the full.In conjunction with Fountainhead Retreat and the Anti Depression Association of Australia, the riders are promoting the awareness of depressive related illnesses across the country in an effort to send out the message that there are indeed answers to control this debilitating illness and to offer direction for sufferers on where to seek help. Covering six weeks and some 12,000 kilometers, the journey is coming close to the end and it wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Temora Aviation Museum. This Saturday the team comes to the Museum and will spend some time sharing their experiences with our visitors before heading north towards home. www.acrossoz.net
NEW DATES RELEASED
May 7th 2011 Aircraft Showcase – Forward Air Control O-1, O-2, A-37B, Sabre
May 21st, 2011 Aircraft Showcase – Pacific Theatre Hudson, Spitfire, Wirraway
Jun 4th 2011 Aircraft Showcase Korea – Meteor, Sabre, Mustang
Jun 18th 2011 Aircraft Showcase – World War II Tiger Moth, Ryan, Spitfire, Harvard
And the date you have all been waiting for….
Temora Aviation Museum will be holding a Big Flying Event in 2011 on November 19th.
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFER FOR ONLINE SHOP…
Christmas is just around the corner with just over a month before Santa packs the sleigh. 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, and giftware. New items have been added which include travel mugs, cups, hip flasks, and more. There are only a few limited edition Sabre hats left, and they make the perfect gift.
We are offering a special Christmas promotion for all orders made between today and Christmas Day. If you spend $50 or more on merchandise from our online shop, we will give you a FREE ANNUAL PASS to the Temora Aviation Museum (including Showcase Days) valued at $50.
Check out the shop now!
VALE ‘BUD’ TINGWELL
Sadly, film and television celebrity Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell passed away on Friday morning, 15 May 2009, at the age of 86. Bud was familiar to us here at the Museum, as he played the role of narrator on our DVD, ‘Temora Aviation Museum Wardbirds’.
In an interview with the Temora Aviation Museum in 2007, Bud shared some of his wartime memories, “I had a very strange war. Really scared of course, and the German anti-aircraft fire was amazing, very accurate. I used to say we were briefed to be cowards. We used to fly just below vapour trail height so if there was a German fighter lurking around you’d be able to see him. I got chased by a Greek Spitfire squadron once, and they were talking extremely excitedly to each other. I had the IFF switched on calling my base saying tell these guys we’re friendly. And a Spitfire is very angry when you think it’s about to attack. I have a feeling they were just sending us up.”
“Often you wouldn’t know you were being shot at when it was bursting behind and below you. I remember one occasion we landed and there was a burst of 88 mm smack in the middle of one of our photographs. If it had been 50 feet higher we wouldn’t have known what hit us.”
Bud was a talented pilot, an outstanding actor, and a true Australian. Our condolences go out to his family.
Visit the photo gallery page to see two images of Bud during WWII.
HUEY & SEAHAWK AT JUNE FLYING WEEKEND
The Museum is excited to announce that two helicopters, courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal Australian Navy Historic Flight (RANHF), will be joining the Flying displays on the 6th & 7th June Flying Weekend. The UH-1 Huey helicopter and the Seahawk helicopter will both be in Temora on static display as well as flying during the day, (our ex-Navy members of staff are especially excited!)…
Although the Huey has made a visit to Temora Aviation Museum Flying Days, it will be the first time for the Seahawk to visit Temora! The role of the Seahawk is to work in conjunction with RAN ships, flying from the ship’s deck to find, localise, and attack, (where appropriate) surface or submarine targets. It boasts features such as search radar, magnetic anomaly detector, and passive and active sonobuoys to help detect adversary seacraft. The Seahawk, which is operated by 816 Squadron, will be on static display on the Saturday of the June Flying Weekend. LCDR Todd Glynn said that he and his crew are excited to have this special opportunity to bring the Seahawk to a Museum Flying Day.
The Iroquois UH-1B, or ‘Huey’ helicopter was used extensively in Vietnam during the 1960s and was assigned to the 135th Assault Helicopter Company. It is no longer in service and now has a home with the RAN’s Historic Flight at HMAS Albatross, Nowra NSW. LCDR Tom Smillie is planning to include the UH-1 in the Flying Display on both Saturday and Sunday.
RAAF SABRE UPDATE
Plenty of progress has been made with the RAAF Sabre in recent weeks. The Rolls Royce Avon engine has been installed, which was a huge milestone in the restoration process. This now means that the engineers can perform final engine test runs in preparation for returning the aircraft to flight.
RAAF Squadron Leader Paul Simmons completed his endorsement in the Museum’s Vampire last week which included several solo flights. Although an experienced RAAF F/A-18 pilot, Paul must complete a civilian CASA Low Level Aerobatic rating prior to conducting aerobatics in the civil registered Sabre. Flying the Vampire is one of the steps Paul is taking towards getting airborne in the Sabre. Both Paul and Temora Historic Flight Club’s Director of Flying Operations Darren Crabb, have been nominated by the THFC and the RAAF to fly the single seat aircraft. In preparation they will be given a comprehensive ground school training package sometime in the next few months. Stay tuned for further updates as we draw closer to the first flight of the Sabre.
Visit the Photo gallery page to see updated Sabre restoration pics!
It’s a beautiful clear, sunny day in Temora. One of the nicest we’ve had in long time. It’s perfect weather for the pilots to perform their test flying for the weekend’s events – as they are doing right now… So far, Gordon Glynn has been practicing in his Birddog, aircraft engineer and pilot Andrew Bishop has being flying the Cessna O-2A, Al Clements has had a couple of flights in the Meteor and Bruce Wood has been testing his maneouvres in the Vampire.
We have a great line up for Saturday’s flying. Visitors can expect to see the Tiger Moth, Ryan, Wirraway, Boomerang, Hudson, Spitfire Mk VIII, Canberra, Vampire, Meteor, O-1, O-2, and the Dragonfly. We also have visiting aircraft attending the show, the majestic Lockheed 12, and the Royal Australian Navy’s Huey Helicopter. The same group of aircraft are intending on being flown for Sunday’s events, with the exception of the Huey, which is flying Saturday only.
Although the weather is fantastic at the moment, there is the possibility of rain at some stage over the weekend, but we are preparing for flying as scheduled.
Museum gates open at 10.00 am, flying begins at 11.00. Food and refreshments are available on site, and an entry fee applies. Also, don’t forget to bring along a light fold-up chair if you have one. We look forward to seeing you here!
ATTENTION ALL DADS: WIN A FLIGHT IN THE WIRRAWAY
For all the dads out there that would love to gain a flight in the Museum’s WWII Wirraway – look no further. Father’s Day is just around the corner, on Sunday September 7th. As a special Father’s Day gift, the Museum is running a promotion at this Flying Weekend, August 30th and 31st, to ‘Win a flight in the Wirraway’.
Check out the Wirraway under the ‘Aircraft Collection’ Link.
This promotion is valid for both Saturday and Sunday, where one lucky dad will win a flight in the Wirraway. One ride will be given away each day, and can be redeemed by the winning dad either on the day of visit, or at a future Flying Weekend (prize valid for 12 months).
To be eligible for the prize, fathers must be over the age of 18, and enter a ticket into the promotional draw at the Museum’s Flightline Giftshop. Winners will be briefed in accordance with the Regulations, and will be obliged to sign a liability waiver prior to flying.
So come along to this weekend’s flying action so your dad can have a chance to be the next lucky person to Win a Flight in the Wirraway.
Join us for the last Flying Weekend of 2007. It is shaping up to be a big event with the inclusion of three visiting World War II aircraft. Col Pay will be bringing his P-40 Kittyhawk and P-51 Mustang. Allan Arthur will also bring along his P-40 Kittyhawk – don’t miss the two Kittyhawks at Temora! We also look forward to a special appearance from the Iroquois (Huey) helicopter from The Fleet Air Arm Museum at Nowra, NSW.
Bell Iroquois UH1-B, Serial Number: N9 – 882 (897) was bought from Bell helicopters in 1964 and served with 723 Squadron until 1987 when it was taken out of service and given to Australia’s Museum of Flight, Nowra NSW, as it was then known; (the Museum has since been renamed to The Fleet Air Arm Museum).
The UH1B Iroquois is recognised by its iconic shape and its classic chopper sound. The ‘U’ stands for utility, as opposed to attack or cargo helicopters. The initial designation of the UH1 was HU-1 (helicopter utility), and this led to its nickname, Huey. The UH1B is best remembered for its extensive use in the Vietnam War throughout the 60′s, and was assigned to 135th Assault Helicopter Company (part of US 214th Combat Aviation Battalion), before its return to Australia and HMAS Albatross.
Don’t miss all these visiting aircraft perform their flying displays both days during the weekend.
The Museum also has a long list of aircraft anticipated to perform in the weekend’s flying. They include the Canberra, Hudson, Meteor, both Spitfires, Vampire and many more…
CANBERRA CITY BAND
The Canberra City Band will be joining us on the Sunday of the Flying Weekend to provide entertainment at various times during the day. We look forward to their performance.
Remember to pack your sunscreen, a hat, and a light fold-up chair (if you have one) when visiting the Flying Weekend. The Museum will open at 10.00 am, with flying beginning at 11.00 am. The Museum closes at 4.00 pm. Food and refreshments are available on site.
We look forward to seeing you here on the weekend!