Temora and the surrounding district experienced some wet and foggy conditions over the flying weekend, June 11th and 12th. The Saturday of the Museums Flying Weekend was washed out with the arrival of some much-needed rain. This steady rainfall throughout the day ensured that the Museums aircraft and visiting aircraft were not able to take to the skies. However, visitors were able to look around the Museum, view the displays and theatre, as well as the Museums collection of aircraft. The Caboolture Mustang, Matt Dennings Boomerang and one of the F/A-18 Hornets were also exhibited. Visitors were able to climb up and view inside the Hornet, while members of the Hornets team were on hand to impart some detailed knowledge about the aircraft. Meanwhile, various Museum crew took turns speaking to the crowd entertaining them with their knowledge about the Museums aircraft and what they are like to fly.
Museum staff, crew and volunteers were anticipating better weather for Sunday and were eager to get the show underway, although this was also dampened with a low fog that never lifted. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18 Hornets were a great attraction nevertheless and the visitors that stayed until the end of the day were able to view the two Hornets departing for Williamtown, which was a spectacularly noisy and fast display.
Temora Aviation Museum would like to thank all the RAAF team including Temora district local Group Captain (GPCAPT) William ‘Billy’ Henman for bringing their splendid aircraft to the Museum, as well as Tony Alder for bringing the Mustang and Matt Denning for his visit with the Boomerang. The Museum would also like to thank the patient, co-operative visitors that took part in our event over the weekend. Uncompromising weather and unforseen circumstances are simply part of the package of hosting an outdoor aviation event.
For everyone that missed out on seeing our aircraft fly during the June weekend, we would like to remind visitors that our next flying weekend is not far away. At this stage it is exactly four weeks away and will fall on July 16th and 17th 2005.