The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will fly F/A-18 Hornets at Temora Aviation Museum on 15 and 16 of September to participate in the Museum’s Flying Weekend. It is extremely rare for a current front line fighter to participate in a regional flying display. The F/A-18’s presence at Temora Aviation Museum is a unique opportunity for Museum visitors to see the aircraft up close and meet the pilots and crew.
The F/A-18 Hornet is a multi role fighter designed for both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and is one of the most potent fighter and accurate strike attack aircraft in the world. Manufactured by Boeing it incorporates two 7,258 kg thrust General Electric F404 turbo fan engines which allow the aircraft to reach speeds of Mach 1.8 (2,220 km/h) and reach altitudes above 45,000 feet. The Hornets participating at the Temora Aviation Museum’s Flying Days are from RAAF 2OCU (Operational Conversion Unit) based at RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW.
On both Saturday and Sunday one F/A-18 Hornet will be on static display inside the hangar allowing Museum visitors the rare opportunity to take an up-close look at this RAAF fighter aircraft. A second Hornet is scheduled to conduct a high energy, low level aerobatic display incorporating tactical and combat manoeuvres.
The weather is forecast to be brilliant for flying and we anticipate a huge weekend with the inclusion of Cessna Birddogs, T-28 Trojan, Harvards and Allan Arthur’s P-40 Kittyhawk (Saturday only). Visitors can also expect to see the Museum collection airborne including the Tiger Moth, Ryan, Wirraway, Boomerang, Canberra, Vampire, Meteor, Dragonfly and Spitfire.
Don’t miss out on this Flying Weekend. Museum doors open at 10.00 am, with flying beginning at 11.00 am. Museum closes at 4.00 pm. Don’t forget a light fold-up chair if you have one, and lots of sun protection. See you here!