A huge Flying Weekend is planned for this coming Saturday and Sunday. Mild weather is forecast and we are expecting over 150 antique and classic aeroplanes to visit with arrivals starting on Friday. Several of these aircraft will be participating in the flying programme on Saturday. The aircraft are of both civil and military status, and belong to members of a group named the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia (AAAA).

The “Antiquers” are a national organisation that takes pride in promoting the preservation, rebuilding and flying of old aeroplanes and will be visiting the Museum for their 32nd National Fly-in. Aircraft will be arriving Friday and departing throughout Sunday with most departures taking place before lunchtime.

Another notable attraction this weekend will be two Royal Australian Air Force PC-9/As.These aircraft are modern-day Forward Air Control machines, used to train Australian Defence Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers who coordinate air support to troops on the ground. They are a welcome addition to Saturday’s flying programme in honour of the large retired Forward Air Controller (FAC) Reunion group that will attend Saturday’s Flying Day. Some of Saturday’s flying schedule will be dedicated to the FACs with a Vietnam-themed display showcasing aircraft that were once used to find enemy troops and coordinate air strikes during the Vietnam conflict. Look out for these aircraft, along with the majority of the Museum’s collection.

Visitors can expect to see the Tiger Moth, Wirraway, Hudson, Meteor, Vampire, O-2A, Canberra, Spitfires, Harvards, Lockheed 12, Dragonfly and Boomerang perform flying displays over both days. Our program is different on Saturday and Sunday as we simply have too much flying and too many aircraft to fit into one day!

Museum gates open at 10:00 am. Flying begins at 11:00 am and will continue through until after 3:00 pm. Museum closes at 4:00 pm. Food and refreshments are available on site and remember to bring along a light fold-up chair if you have one. The Temora branch of the NSW Fire Brigade operate the Mess Hall and all profits are donated to local charities.

ANZAC DAY HOURS

As a mark of respect for Anzac Day, Museum hours will alter on Friday 25 April. The Museum will open at 12.00 noon which will enable everyone to attend the morning’s ceremony. If you will be in Temora, and are able to attend the ANZAC ceremony, it will be held at Temora Cenotaph, Loftus Street at 10.30 am.

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance that marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and the soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs. The pride they took in that name remains to this day.