Temora Aviation Museums June Flying Weekend is rapidly approaching with the event to take place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th. The Museum is excited to announce that the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18 Hornets are scheduled to attend. It is expected to be a huge weekend with flying by the Museums aircraft, an F/A-18 Hornet, as well as the bonus inclusion of Matt Dennings fabulous WWII Boomerang and the Caboolture Queensland based CAC Mustang, to be flown by Tony Alder.
F/A-18 Hornets are rarely seen at rural air-displays thus making their appearance at Temora a truly unique opportunity for Museum visitors to see the aircraft up close. The F/A-18 Hornet is a multi role fighter designed for both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and is one of the most potent fighter and accurate strike attack aircraft in the world. Manufactured by Boeing it incorporates two 7,258 kg thrust General Electric F404 turbo fan engines which allow the aircraft to reach speeds of Mach 1.8 (2,220 km/h) and reach altitudes above 45,000 feet. The Hornets participating at the Temora Aviation Museum’s Flying Days are from RAAF 77 Squadron based at RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW.
A highlight of the Hornets visiting Temora is that one of the RAAF pilots is Group Captain William ‘Billy’ Henman. Billy was raised on his parent’s property at Barmedman NSW, which is a few minutes drive north of Temora, so he has a strong childhood association with the surrounding district. “To be able to fly into my hometown in an F/A-18 Hornet is a real privilege and honour and it just goes to show that if you really put your mind to something your dreams can come true” GPCAPT Henman said.
Also flying over the June weekend will be the Museum’s fleet. This includes aircraft such as the Spitfire, Tiger Moth, Canberra, Wirraway, Dragonfly and the Meteor. The RAAF operated Meteor F.8’s in Korea in the early 1950s, with the Meteor F.8 being the last RAAF aircraft involved in air-to-air combat. It will be a special occasion to have both a current serving modern attack fighter and the world’s only airworthy Meteor F.8 displayed together, especially considering that both aircraft are both painted in 77 Squadron markings.
This weekend is planned to be a fantastic show that will entertain families, veterans, enthusiasts or anyone looking for something different to do on the weekend. Come along and visit Temora Aviation Museum’s special flying weekend on the 11th and 12th of June 2005. The Museum will be open from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm, flying begins at 11.00 am.