Sabre A94-983, which is on loan to the Temora Aviation Museum from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is currently undergoing an extensive restoration to return the aircraft to flying condition. The Agreement to loan the Sabre to the Temora Aviation Museum was signed in November 2005 by Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Shepherd.
This particular Sabre has served with several different Squadrons including No 78 Wing at Williamtown, NSW, and then to No 3 Squadron at Butterworth, Malaysia. The aircraft has also served with No. 76 Squadron, No. 5 Operational Training Unit, No. 2 (Fighter) Operational Conversion Unit and No. 11 Squadron.
Under the direction and supervision of Temora Aviation Museum Engineering’s Peter Pring-Shambler and Lindsay Jordan, engineers Ben and Marty have been assigned the task of getting the vast project moving. The initial stage of work is focused on restoring the wings which will be accomplished by using a combination of components and hardware from 2 complete sets of wings.
Ben’s duties involve removing all the wing hydraulic components which will be inspected, overhauled and tested prior to refitting. Ben is also in the process of checking the wing flight control components for serviceability.
Marty has been concentrating on removing, inspecting and cleaning mechanical components which will be re-installed into the wings once completed.