SABRE – HORNET FLYING WEEKEND
The public debut of the RAAF Sabre fighter jet will take place this weekend at Temora Aviation Museum and to mark this historic occasion two RAAF F/A-18 Hornet fighters will join the flying displays.
The RAAF Sabre, which carries the markings of RAAF 75 Squadron, has been undergoing restoration at the Museum for more than three years and is now complete. This Sabre, A94-983, was originally built in 1957 and has a distinguished service history with both the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornet is a multi-role fighter designed for both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. It is capable of air interception, air combat, close air support of ground troops, and interdiction of enemy supply lines including shipping. One aircraft will be in RAAF 75 Squadron markings and will take to the skies and demonstrate its operational capability by conducting a low level, high energy aerobatic display. The second Hornet will be placed in the Aircraft Display Hangar so that our visitors can get up close to this magnificent, frontline strike fighter.
In addition to the Hornet and Sabre this Museum Flying Weekend will offer a unique opportunity for visitors to observe the Museum’s collection of historic airworthy aircraft take to the skies. The Museum anticipates a huge weekend with the inclusion of a Cessna Birddog, Harvard and a P-40 Kittyhawk. Visitors can also expect to see the Museum collection airborne including the Spitfire, Tiger Moth, Ryan, Wirraway, Boomerang, Canberra, Vampire, Meteor and Dragonfly.
This weekend is going to be a spectacular event that will entertain visitors of all ages. Come along and bring the family to Temora Aviation Museum’s special flying weekend on the 5th and 6th of September 2009. The Museum will be open from 10.00 am, flying begins at 11.00 am. Don’t forget that it is Fathers Day this weekend and the Museum is a perfect place to bring your Dad.
REPATRIATION RAMP CEREMONY
The lives of Australia’s last two servicemen missing in action from the Vietnam War were celebrated with a ramp ceremony at Richmond Air Force Base on Monday 31st August attended by family members and former comrades. Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver were lost during a mission in their Canberra bomber on the 3rd November 1970. Their remains were found near Vietnam’s border with Laos last month.
The Temora Aviation Museum was honoured to take our Canberra bomber to Richmond for the ceremony. The Canberra provided a fitting tribute to the two airmen and an impressive backdrop to the entire ceremony. Museum Founder & President David Lowy AM, Chief Executive Kenny Love, Chief Engineer Peter Pring-Shambler and Temora Historic Flight Club pilot Rod Luke all attended the ceremony representing the Museum.