A very busy time was had by all at the Temora Aviation Museum over the September Flying Weekend (15 & 16), particularly with the notable appearance of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) F/A-18 Hornets from Williamtown, NSW which were a big attraction! In total, three Hornets visited Temora for the Flying Weekend. One Hornet performed a flying display, a second Hornet was used for flying display backup and the third was on static display, manned by RAAF personnel for visitors to check out more closely.
The F/A-18 flying displays were performed by Flight Lieutenant Aaron Ward. It was a spectacular sight to watch the Hornet perform a full high energy low-level aerobatic display, including manoeuvres such as a ‘dirty pass’ which involved the flaps, gear, hook and speedbrake extended, a ‘square loop’, a ‘high alpha pass’ and a ‘vertical departure’ to 10,000 feet. On the Sunday afternoon, visitors that were still at the Museum around 4.00 pm were fortunate enough to see the three Hornets perform a couple of formation top-side passes and a bomb-burst on departure, which featured the centre Hornet soaring vertically into the sky. The RAAF Hornets, along with their personnel were made welcome at the Museum over the weekend, and we look forward to their attendance again for future TAM Flying Weekends.
As well as the Hornet’s involvement, the Museum also exhibited an extensive flying program, which saw other visiting aircraft such as Doug Hamilton’s Harvard, Steve Death’s Trojan, Allan Arthur’s Kittyhawk, Gordon Glynn’s Cessna O-1 and Lars Larson’s Cessna 180. The Museum’s aircraft that featured in the flying program were the Tiger Moth, Ryan, Wirraway, Boomerang, Spitfire Mk XVI, Vampire, Meteor, Canberra and Dragonfly.
Our final Flying Weekend for the year will fall on 17 and 18 November, so don’t miss it – start planning your trip now! For photos from the September Flying Weekend check out the photo gallery page.
The Model Jet Flyers Association of NSW will hold their Annual Model Jet Championships at the Museum this weekend – 22 and 23 September. The Model Jets Association have used the Museum as a venue for their championships over the past few years and we are happy to have them back again this weekend. Come along to see miniature versions of the F-16s, F-18s, BAE Hawks, Cougars, Panthers, Lightnings and many more sport aircraft compete for different titles. The Museum will be open both days from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, with flying occurring all day, both days. Cost is normal Museum admission; $10 for adults, $7.50 for people over 65 years and $5 for children. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the weekend for purchase through the Museum’s canteen, the ‘Mess Hall’.