Museum aircraft flying displays will take place this Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November, commencing at 11.00 am and continuing until approximately 3.00 pm on both days. The Museum opens at 10.00 am and closes again at 4.00 pm.
The majority of the Museum’s collection is expected to fly this weekend, including aircraft such as the Spitfire, Meteor, Hudson, Wirraway, Tiger Moth, Dragonfly, Boomerang, Canberra and Vampire.
We are also anticipating a first-time visit to the Museum from the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society’s (HARS) Lockheed Neptune P2V-7 A89-273. The Neptune is a long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. This particular aircraft was built at Lockheed’s Burbank plant in California, USA at a cost of $818,452.33. It arrived in Townsville, NT Australia on the 10th March 1962, where it was allocated to No. 10 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. During its years of service it logged a total of 5476 flying hours. It is 28 metres in length, with a 37.7 metre wing span, making it an imposing machine. It can reach a maximum speed of 664 km/h. Neptune A89-273 is the only former RAAF Lockheed Neptune flying in Australia and is maintained, operated and crewed by members of HARS.
HARS will also bring their C-47 Dakota to Temora, and this aircraft, along with the Neptune will be displayed on Saturday only. HARS’ members will be happy to show visitors through the aircraft and ask for a gold coin donation in return.
CANBERRA CITY BAND
The leading community band organisation from Canberra, ACT, Canberra City Band, will make themselves heard on Sunday 5th November of the Flying Weekend, where they will perform for visitors at the Museum.
The Canberra City Band have performed at many major functions including Australia Day ceremonies, Anzac Day Parades and the Floriade Flower Show, as well as visiting the Museum last year, where they were a huge hit with our visitors.
The entry admission for a Flying Weekend is $15 for adults, $10 for persons aged over 65 yrs and $5 for children (3-18 years). Food and drinks are available for purchase over the weekend, although visitors are welcome to bring their own.
Visitors will find picnic tables and some grandstand seating available, although this seating can be limited, so we advise to bring along a light fold-up chair if you have one. Alternatively, chairs are available for purchase at the Museum’s giftshop.