The Temora Aviation Museum’s Flying Weekend was one for the record books with beautiful weather and an action packed flying program. Nearly 8000 visitors were treated to a Fathers Day extravaganza with the day starting, as every Flying Day should, with a Tiger Moth display and ribbon cut followed by the Ryan, Harvards, Wirraway, Spitfire, P-40 Kittyhawk, Meteor, Canberra, Hudson, Boomerang, Vampire and more.
After more then 3 ½ years of restoration work by the Temora Aviation Museum Team the RAAF’s Rolls Royce Avon powered Sabre debuted with SQNLDR Paul Simmons at the controls on Saturday and Darren Crabb having a turn on Sunday. This special event was witnessed by many official guests including the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin AM, Deputy Chief of Air Force, Air-Vice Marshal Geoff Brown AM and Air Commander Australia, Air-Vice Marshal Mark Skidmore.
The RAAF celebrated the occasion by bringing two F/A-18 Hornets from 2OCU (Operational Conversion Unit) at Williamtown. The display Hornet was piloted by Flight Lieutenant James ‘Akko’ Atkinson who conducted an incredible high energy, low level aerobatic display. Akko made sure he saved enough fuel so that on completion of the aerobatic display he was able to join up with the Sabre for a few formation passes providing a unique photo opportunity for our visitors. We would like to thank SQNLDR Steve Chappell and the hardworking team from 2OCU for coming to Temora and keeping the F/A-18 Hornets serviceable for display throughout the weekend. In the Display Hangar one F/A-18 was on static display all weekend, and the crew from 2OCU showed literally thousands of visitors a birds eye view of the cockpit of the Hornet – definitely an amazing opportunity. Reflecting on the Sabre debut Temora Aviation Museum Chief Engineer said “The weekend was a great success and was the culmination of three and half years of hard work by a dedicated engineering team whom I am very proud of”
In preparation for the debut of the Sabre, we designed a limited edition Sabre hat which was a huge hit on the weekend. On the edge of the bill it says “Return To Flight September 2009”. We still have some left and they are available for purchase online. Other new Sabre merchandise includes polo shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts and cloth patches. Click on this link to take a look at the new Sabre Merchandise.
We have plenty more exciting events planned for the next few months including the Jet Flyers Association of NSW who will hold their annual scale jet model competition at the Museum on September 19th & 20th.
The photo opportunities were endless and we have uploaded some of our favorite shots for you to have a look at. Click on this link: