It was fantastic to see such a large number of visitors join us for the final Flying Weekend for the year on November 17th and 18th. Despite the very warm weather, our visitors enjoyed viewing the comprehensive collection of aircraft that we had on display.

A total of ten visiting aircraft combined with the Museum aircraft to create an unforgettable show. A Kittyhawk owned by Allan Arthur, joined Col Pay’s Mustang, the Spitfires and Boomerang in a WWII aircraft formation. Doug Hamilton’s Harvard also flew along with his shiny ‘new’ Lockheed 12A, which made its debut appearance here at Temora. The Museum was also fortunate to exhibit Ian and Ellen Sylvester’s T28 Trojan. The final double of visiting aircraft were Gordon Glynn’s Birddog and Lars Larson’s Cessna 180, which is painted in its original Australian Army Scheme. The Museum’s Vietnam-era aircraft were joined by the Huey Helicopter which visited from the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Nowra. We are looking forward to having all these aircraft back again at a future Temora Aviation Museum Flying Weekend.

Museum-owned aircraft that contributed to the flying displays were the Tiger Moth, Ryan, Hudson, Boomerang, Wirraway, Spitfire Mk VIII, Spitfire Mk XVI, Vampire, Meteor, Canberra and Dragonfly. Tom Moon’s Extra flew on Sunday in an amazing flying display by Frank Versteegh. Frank is well known around the world for his participation in the Red Bull Air Race World Series and his expert aerobatics.

Two official presentations were made over the weekend. Eleven Museum volunteers were presented with their latest volunteer hours certificates. These awards recognise the amount of hours contributed by each individual. Volunteers are a very important part of the way the Museum functions, and we appreciate every hour they are able to help.

Wheelies with Wings, is a group which aims to help people who are disabled learn to fly. They presented their latest achievement awards to several inspiring individuals who had achieved this dream through the organisation.

Nothing beats live music, and the Canberra City Band, demonstrated their musical expertise during the breaks in Sunday’s flying program. We look forward to having them play again in the future.

The next Flying Weekend is on 9 & 10 February 2008. Begin planning your trip now!