A significant commitment to preserving historical military aircraft was made as the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Shepherd signed an agreement with the Temora Aviation Museum during a ceremony at the museum on Saturday.
Under the agreement, co-signed by the Founder and President of the museum Mr David Lowy, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will loan one of its historic aircraft to the Temora Aviation Museum (TAM).
The Sabre jet, flown throughout Australia and South East Asia by the RAAF will be restored to flying condition by TAM and will become a feature of their regular schedule of flying weekends, which are open to the public.
Following the establishment of the recently announced RAAF Heritage Advisory Council, the agreement represents a further move to ensure that important pieces of the RAAF’s heritage are not only preserved but made available to the Australian public.
Recognising the significance of the agreement, the Chief of Air Force commended the museum for the initiative and continued support. “This agreement will help safeguard an important piece of Australian aviation history”, Air Marshal Shepherd said. “Mr Lowy’s shared passion for aviation heritage and the expertise of the museum staff will go a long way to supporting the RAAF’s endeavours to keep Australian war history accessible to future generations”.
The last Flying Weekend for 2005 was a huge success with the combination of good weather and aircraft displays by the majority of the Museum’s aircraft as well as flying displays by many visiting aircraft.
The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) played a big part in contributing to the success of the weekend, through the provision of four of their aircraft. We thank HARS for flying the Constellation, Catalina and two DC-3s to Temora to participate in our Flying Weekend.