Visitors to the Museum were treated to a fantastic end of year flying weekend thanks to crystal clear blue skies and dynamic flying displays. Joining us for the weekend was our friend and ‘Flightpath’ Editor, Rob Fox and from the UK were ‘FlyPast’Deputy Editor Jarrod Cotter, and Chief Photographer Duncan Cubitt. Both publications were on site to do stories about the Museum and it’s Aircraft.

On Saturday the Museum was honoured with a visit by Sir Tim Wallis, wife Prue and son Nick from New Zealand. Sir Tim is the principal behind the Alpine Deer Group and the Alpine Fighter Collection which has made him a leading light in the Warbird community worldwide.

Saturday also saw the Museum’s Vampire and Canberra participate in a flypast over the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, commemorating the re-dedication of the famous Lancaster ‘G’ for George.

The flying displays comprised graceful aerobatics by the gleaming Ryan, the Vietnam workhorses in the guise of the O-1 and O-2, the Vampire, Meteor, Spitfire and A-37B Dragonfly. There were also two extra special attractions. The first was the visually exhilarating race between the Castrol/Perkins V8 Supercar and Tom “Mr Magic” Moon’s Extra 300S. The smoke, noise and speed were awesome, with a near photo finish on Sunday! The second was the participation of the World’s only flying Hudson Bomber! The Hudson was gracefully diplayed by Tony Alder and as an added bonus, the first ever formation of the Hudson Bomber with the Museum’s Canberra Bomber. The Museum wishes to thank Larry Perkins and his team and Malcolm Long, sons Michael and Peter and Tony Alder for their contribution in making this a most memorable finale.