Preventative maintenance work was carried out on Spitfire Mk VIII (VH-HET) last week. The process involved replacing the cowling anti-chafe strips and an x-ray examination of the wing main spars. To do this, the Spitfire was placed on jacks and contractors from Non-Destructive Testing Specialists, Southern NDT were brought in. They carried out a comprehensive x-ray examination on the aircraft to detect any potential cracks and corrosion. X-rays are a favourable method, as it means the inspection is a lot less intrusive than manually inspecting the structure.
WINGS OVER THE ILLAWARRA
Temora Aviation Museum Chief Executive Kenny Love, Chief Pilot Darren Crabb, Engineering Supervisor Lindsay Jordan, Leading Hand Andrew Bishop and Historic Flight Club Pilot Guy Bourke travelled to Albion Park, NSW on the weekend of 24 February to participate in the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society’s (HARS) Open Day, Wings Over the Illawarra.
The Open Day attracted a large crowd with a lot of interest shown in the Museum’s Lockheed Hudson and Gloster Meteor, which were on static display for the Saturday.
OPEN DAY AT AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
On Saturday 10 March the Australian War Memorial will be holding an Open Day, which starts at 10.00 am. It is a free event that will involve an Opening Spectacular beginning at 11.00 am, followed by aircraft fly-bys, which begins at 1.00 pm, featuring a number of historical aircraft. Temora Aviation Museum will include its Hudson in a fly-by up Anzac Parade, Canberra, on the day.
Come along to the War Memorial to see the Hudson fly and to check out the other unique exhibits.