Temora Aviation Museum will celebrate its fifth anniversary and opening of the recently completed 2000 metre runway on September 16 in a special ceremony to be attended by World War II veteran pilots.

The 5th anniversary celebrations will be marked by the opening of the 05/23 runway, which was a joint project between the Museum, the Temora Shire Council and the Federal Government Regional Solutions Program. The runway is one of only three public runways built in NSW in recent history (including Sydney’s third runway)

A highlight of the day will be the first public flight in Australia of an ex RAAF MK XVI Spitfire which saw combat during World War II. It was flown in battle by one of the veterans attending on the day, Pilot Officer Russell ‘Rusty’ Leith AM DFC. The Museum also has a Spitfire MK VIII & both aircraft will fly in formation for what is believed to be the first Spitfire formation flight in Australia since the 1940’s.

The celebrations will include a flying demonstration featuring the Museum’s Gloster Meteor F.8 Fighter and Hudson Bomber, both aircraft are the only example of their type still flying any where in the world. The Roulettes, the elite aerobatic display team of the Royal Australian Air Force consisting of six Pilatus PC-9/As will also be in attendance.

In addition to the Twelve World War II veterans, including members of the RAAF 453 & 457 Squadrons there will be also be a number of former RAAF Pilots who flew in Korea & Vietnam participating in the celebrations.

The excitement will continue on sunday with even more flying displays. So bring the whole family to Temora Aviation Museum for an action packed weekend.