The Temora Aviation Museum is excited to confirm that Graham Hosking’s F4U-5N Corsair and Judy Pay’s CAC Mustang, Curtiss P-40F Warhawk and T-6 Harvard will fly up from Tyabb, Victoria to star in a line-up of 70 aircraft in the Warbirds Downunder Airshow at Temora Aviation Museum on November 20 & 21.

World renowned warbird restorer Judy Pay operates the Old Aeroplane Company at Tyabb Victoria which has returned to the air many significant WWII aircraft over the years.  Three of her aircraft are traveling to Temora for Warbirds Downunder; these include the Australian built CAC Mustang, North American T-6 Harvard and her ultra-rare P-40F Warhawk.  Judy’s Warhawk was recovered to Australia from Vanuatu in 1989 where it went through several decades of restoration which turned it into one of the world’s most authentic P-40 examples. The complex restoration process was hindered by the aircrafts uniqueness and rarity; it remains as one of only two airworthy Merlin powered P-40 Warhawks in the world.

Graham Hosking’s Chance Vought F4U-5N Corsair represents a type that has earned an exceptional reputation rarely surpassed in the annals of aviation history. This revered warbird continues to be deemed by some as one of the greatest combat aircraft ever built, famous for fighting through W.W.II, Korea, and conflicts in South America in the 1960s. Graham’s Corsair was extensively restored over a 17 year period which led Graham around the world in search of parts, patterns and documentation for this historic aircraft. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R2800 Double Wasp radial engine which gave the aircraft exceptional combat performance particularly in the hot and humid climates of the South Pacific.

When asked about his much anticipated visit Graham had this to say, “ The Corsair has just come online after a longer than anticipated 17 year restoration, after much hard work and five trips overseas to acquire parts from all over the world, the Corsair has been completed and ready to display at Warbirds Downunder 2015. The aircraft had its first public display a few weeks ago at a Point Cook RAAF Museum Interactive Display but Warbirds Downunder will be its first major public appearance in 17 years. I have entrusted Peter Clements as the pilot and we are both very much looking forward to Warbirds Downunder in just over a weeks time.”

Temora Aviation Museum (TAM) Chief Executive, Kenny Love said “we are really excited about Judy’s and Graham’s participation in Warbirds Downunder this year. We have some wonderful friends around Australia and we are very fortunate to have a great friendship with both Judy and Graham that means we support each other’s events and airshows. We deeply appreciate them bringing their rare aircraft to Temora and can’t wait to see these aircraft flying in the Warbirds Downunder Airshow with our own aircraft”. 

Warbirds Downunder will take place over two days on November 20 & 21 2015 and will feature not only the Temora Aviation Museum’s aircraft collection including two Spitfires, Hudson, Meteor and Boomerang, but also the RAAF Roulettes six ship formation aerobatic team, and many more visiting antique and warbird aircraft including a F4U Corsair, T-28 Trojans and a Grumman TBM Avenger. The RAAF F/A-18 Hornet will fly in the show, a second Hornet will be on the ground for close up viewing by visitors. It is planned that 70 aircraft will take to the skies over the two day airshow.

Warbirds Downunder has been supported by the NSW Government as part of its Regional Flagship Events Program. Tickets are now available online for this event. More information about Warbirds Downunder can be found on the website at www.warbirdsdownunderairshow.com.au