Six Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornets from 77 Squadron at Williamtown descended upon the Temora Aerodrome to participate in the record breaking flying days on August 5 & 6. Two F/A-18’s arrived on Friday with another four aircraft arriving straight into their spectacular four ship formation display on Saturday. Squadron Leader Paul Simmons demonstrated the awesome power, noise, speed and manoeuvrability of this modern frontline fighter/attack aircraft as he pulled over 7g and reached speeds of 550 knots during a solo display. One Hornet was kept on static display over the entire weekend so that all visitors had an opportunity to view it up close. 77 Squadron personnel were on hand to answer any questions while defence recruiting answered questions regarding career opportunities in Australia’s Defence Forces. On the way to Kalgoorlie Captain Bob De La Hunty and the HARS team overflew the Museum providing visitors with an opportunity to see the Constellation in flight. Two HARS C47 aircraft landed at Temora participating in the show. The co-pilot in one of the C47’s was Museum Volunteer Fred Kell. Chief of Air Force Air Marshall Geoff Shepherd AO, was able to join us over the weekend and had this to say: “What a great day. I was pleased to have been able to attend and see our RAAF F/A-18 aircraft first hand in their support of the Museum’s Flying Weekend.” Also contributing to the weekend flying programme was a Boomerang, Col Pay’s Kittyhawk and a Mustang. Ted Sly, ex-WWII Spitfire pilot and author, launched the new edition of his book The Luck of the Draw and was autographing copies, which were on sale over the weekend. The Luck of the Draw highlights Ted’s life during and after World War II and features many photos from Ted’s personal collection of Australian Spitfire Operations. This book is available from our online gift shop. The Museum also hosted members from the Sydney Jet Flyers Association NSW, who exhibited a number of their turbine-powered scaled model jets for display. These jets attracted much interest over the weekend, and were a small example of a much larger contingency of model jets that will be flying at Temora on the weekend of 7 & 8 October. An update of this will be published closer to the event.