22nd & 23rd March are the dates for the next Flying Weekend, which is fast approaching! This Flying Weekend is a great time for travel, due to it being the Easter long weekend. The Museum will be closed for business on Good Friday (21st March) and will open again on the Saturday (22nd March), the first day of the Flying Weekend.
Many aircraft are expected to fly including the Tiger Moth, Ryan, Canberra, Boomerang, Meteor, Spitfires, Wirraway and Hudson. Tom ‘Mr Magic’ Moon will make his return to the skies above Temora in his aerobatic Extra 300S.
We look forward to you coming along to our March Flying Weekend. If you are looking for accommodation in town, or the surrounding area, visit our website for a list of phone numbers.
Temora Aviation Museum has a new aircraft! The only problem is that it will probably never fly, however it will attempt to at the Red Bull Flugtag event in Sydney on 6th April 2008. In this unique competition the pilots of homemade-manpowered flying machines launch themselves from a 6 metre ramp into the waters of Sydney Harbour.
The Museum Engineering Team have been working after hours to complete their craft and describe it is as being, “a spicy combination including British design, Australian ingenuity, topped with a splashing of the Orient and finished with a strong hint from our amigos in Mexico”. The design is a replica of the Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII and is made up of many lightweight materials including bamboo, plastic piping, foam and paper mache. Work has been steady in constructing the ‘aircraft’ in time for it to participate in its finished glory at this first ever ‘Flugtag’ competition at Sydney, sponsored by Red Bull. The event will be similar to the Birdman Rally that has been going in Victoria since 1976. The judging criteria for all machines consist of distance of flight, creativity of the machine and the pre-flight performance.
Museum Team Member Pete Harper is the brave soul who will pilot the Spitfire from the ramp. His ‘crew’, aptly named ‘Temora Supermarines,’ that consist of Aircraft Engineers Ben Muller, Mitch Liebich, Jason Cockayne and Workshop Leading Hand Andrew Bishop, will join him. According to Pete he thinks he will have a pretty good chance of winning as, “We are entering a Spitfire and the Spitfire won the Battle of Britain”.
If you are interested in joining in the spectacle of watching our magnificent machine ‘fly’ into the harbour come along to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW on 6th April 2008 beginning around 12 noon. It’s free to attend.
Check out our ‘aircrafts’ progression on the photo gallery page.