Would you like to escape the crowds and chaos of Sydney during the World Youth Day events? Then come to Temora Aviation Museum on the 19th or 20th of July and witness a spectacular weekend of flying, memories and fun.

During this first Flying Weekend of the new financial year visitors to the Museum will see the aircraft collection take to the skies to perform many aerobatic, handling and formation displays. The Museum will be showcasing its aircraft covering different eras from WWII onwards. Included in the list will be the WWII Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Wirraway. This aircraft is painted in forest green with white wing leading-edges and tail, as it was when it was being used by 5 Squadron (RAAF) in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea in 1945.

Visitors will also watch the only two airworthy WWII Spitfires in Australia, the Mk VIII and Mk XVI, which will fly over both days. The Mk VIII in particular, is well recognised for its distinctive paint scheme featuring Grey Nurse shark teeth.

The imposing WWII Lockheed Hudson, the only one still flying in the world, will exhibit over the weekend. Its green camouflage paint scheme is representative of a Hudson III A16-211 bomber that served with No.6 Squadron RAAF during the decisive Battle for Milne Bay, and later with No.2 Squadron in the North Western Area of the Timor/Dutch East Indies (Indonesia).

Also in the aircraft line-up for the Flying Weekend are two shiny silver Museum jets – the Vampire and Meteor. The Vampire was initially produced as a single seat fighter, but was then developed into a night fighter, fighter/bomber as well as trainer versions. ‘Halestorm’ as the Museum’s Gloster Meteor F.8, as it is also known, is the only F.8 still flying in the world. It carries the markings of a Korean War era Meteor operated by No. 77 Squadron RAAF, flown by Sgt. George Hale. Don’t miss its unique blue note, an organ-like sound created by airflow across its cannon shell ejector ports.

These are just some of the aircraft that will soar through the skies over the 19th & 20th July Flying Weekend – don’t miss them!

Museum gates open at 10.00 am and flying continues through until around 3.00 pm.

MUSEUM IS A FINALIST IN INLAND NSW TOURISM AWARDS

The Temora Aviation Museum is very excited to announce that it has been named as a finalist in the Inland New South Wales Tourism Awards 2008 for three categories. The categories in contention are Tourist Attractions, Festivals and Events, and Heritage and Cultural Tourism.
The Regional Tourism Organisations of New England North West, Central NSW, Riverina Tourism and Outback Tourism have collaborated since 2004 to conduct the Inland NSW Tourism Awards.
The Inland NSW Tourism Awards is an opportunity for tourism operators of attractions and businesses to gain an insight into their industry, their business, achieve recognition for their success and promote tourism within their region.
To gain the chance to become a finalist in the awards, the Museum was required to submit a detailed 2008 Inland NSW Tourism Award submission for Business Excellence for each category. The submissions outlined areas within the Museum such as the overview/history, our product, our facilities, our business plans, marketing, our commitment to environmental sustainability and areas of business innovation within the Museum.

The aim of the Awards is to encourage and celebrate creativity, professionalism and innovation within the industry, promote business planning amongst Inland NSW tourism operators, provide a benchmark for best practice within the tourism industry and to reinforce the value of the tourism industry. The awards are also an opportunity for successful entrants to progress to the Australian Tourism Awards.

Winners of each category will be announced at the 2008 Inland NSW Tourism Awards Gala Presentation Dinner, which will be held on Saturday 27th July.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!