Lisa Love and Peter Harper of the Temora Aviation Museum travelled to Narrabri over the weekend to attend the 2009 Inland NSW Tourism Awards on Saturday 25 July. The Inland NSW Tourism awards are a chance for tourism based businesses to achieve recognition for the hard work and success that goes into promoting tourism within their region and industry.

In all, 58 finalists were selected to attend the awards, with the Temora Aviation Museum ecstatic to win in both categories that it entered, which were ‘Best Tourist Attraction’, and ‘Best in Heritage and Cultural’. After accepting the Awards, Lisa said, “I am very proud that we won these awards. This represents an amazing effort by our team of staff and volunteers, and recognises the hard work by all involved.”

Winning the Tourist Attraction and Heritage and Cultural categories, has now placed the Museum as a finalist in both categories at the NSW State Tourism Awards which will take place later in the year. We will keep you posted as to the outcome there! Fingers crossed…

To see a photo of the award, visit the ‘Latest Photos and Video Clips’ link on the homepage.

RAAF SABRE ATTRACTED PLENTY OF ATTENTION AT JULY FLYING WEEKEND

The RAAF Sabre was ideally positioned in its new home in the middle of the Aircraft Display Hangar during the July Flying Weekend, which just took place over 25 & 26 July. The RAAF Sabre, which the engineering team at the Museum have been restoring over the past three years, flew recently for the first time in 16 years. With its public debut planned for September 5 & 6, the Sabre was on static display with a row of steps leading to the cockpit for visitors to have a look inside.
Make plans to be here for the September Flying Weekend when the Sabre will take to the air in its first public flight in more than 16 years. It will be an historic moment for both the Temora Aviation Museum and the Royal Australian Air Force!

Many visiting aircraft joined the displays over the weekend, with flying from Allan Arthur’s Kittyhawk, Ian Sylvester’s Harvard, Doug Hamilton’s Harvard, Gordon Glynn’s Birddog, Steve Death’s Trojan, Dave Salter’s Harvard, and Jim Whalley and James Edwards’ Boomerang.

On Saturday Allan Arthur conducted his first public flying display in his P-40 Kittyhawk.
In reflection of the event, Allan said, “I enjoyed the moment and the camaraderie of the weekend. I get a lot of satisfaction from making people happy. After my flight, a six-year old boy gave me a big high-five, another little girl gave me a drawing of the Kittyhawk she had done. I nearly had a tear in my eye – that is what it is all about.”

As you start planning for the next Flying Weekend in September, remember that you can now pre-purchase your entry ticket online (which will get you into the Museum much quicker). Visit our website for more information on our ticketing system.
http://www.aviationmuseum.com.au/visit/PurchaseTickets.cfm
For those that used our online pre-purchased tickets for the first time – drop us a note to give us some feedback about your experience send an email to: info@aviationmuseum.com.au

The next Flying Weekend is on the 5 & 6 of September 2009, which is only 5 weeks away, so make sure you book your accommodation now to see our rare collection of vintage aircraft fly, along with the first flight of the Sabre for the public at Temora Aviation Museum! There are thousands of accommodation rooms scattered throughout the Riverina and our website has a list of all the local motels, hotels, caravan parks, and B & Bs.
Check them out on our website under the ‘Accommodation’ link, located within the ‘Visitor Information’ link.
The Temora Shire Council also organises Home Stays which will give you the opportunity to stay with a Temora family. This can be arranged by Ann Pike at the Temora Visitor Information Centre by phoning: 02 6977 1511

To see some photos of the Flying Weekend visit the ‘Latest Photos and Video Clips’ link on the homepage.