This Tuesday, 9th March, the Temora Aviation Museum will be involved in a special event to celebrate the Centenary of Powered Flight stamp issue, released by Australia Post. The pilot for this special event is Temora Aviation Museum President, David Lowy AM who will be flying the Museum’s Ryan STM in a recreation of early historic airmail delivery in Australia.

The flight will take place from Wagga Wagga Airport to Temora, starting at 10:30 am, and will arrive at Temora Aviation Museum around 11:00 am. The original flight was undertaken by Frenchman Maurice Guillaux, who flew from Melbourne to Sydney over seven stages to deliver a small quantity of parcels and 1,785 postcards. It was the longest airmail journey in the world at the time.

Temora Aviation Museum Founder and President, David Lowy AM, said, “Our flight will start in Wagga Wagga, NSW because this was one of the stopovers on that first ever airmail delivery in 1914. We’re going to take one of our historic open cockpit aeroplanes, complete with a load of special postcards, and fly to Temora, NSW to help acknowledge the impact aviation has had on the world we live in today.”

To celebrate the Centenary, Australia Post has released three new stamps commemorating the achievements of three pioneer aviators Colin Defries, John Duigan, and American escape artist Harry Houdini.

ATTENDANCE AT AIR EVENTS

The team at Temora Aviation Museum experienced a busy weekend with participation at two different airshows on Sunday 28th February.

Two team members traveled to the HARS’ (Historical Aircraft Restoration Society) Open Day ‘Wings over Illawarra’ at Albion Park, NSW, and were able to meet many of the thousands of visitors that attended the event. It was planned that the Museum’s Vampire and Meteor and Cessna O-2A would attend however despite Pilots Alan Clements and Bruce Wood driving from Newcastle and Sydney the weather wasn’t favorable for the vintage jets to be able to make the journey.

Meanwhile, at Point Cook, Victoria, the RAAF Museum’s biennial Air Pageant was taking place also on Sunday 28th February. The Temora Aviation Museum’s Spitfire Mk VIII, Lockheed Hudson and RAAF Sabre were able to attend the airshow, and the Sabre and Spitfire joined forces with other vintage aircraft including Judy Pay’s Kittyhawk and the RAAF Museum’s Mustang to create some spectacular air display formations.

Visit the 2010 Photo Gallery page to check out some of the spectacular formations over RAAF Point Cook.

AUSTRALIAN TOURISM AWARDS

Two team members travelled to the Australian Tourism Awards Gala Presentation Dinner, which was held in Hobart last Friday night. The Temora Aviation Museum was a finalist in the category of ‘Heritage and Cultural Tourism’, and unfortunately we didn’t come home with the Gold. Better luck next year!… And our congratulations to the winner in our category, The Old Melbourne Gaol Crime and Justice Experience – National Trust of Australia.