If you pass through the back of the display area behind the main entry building, you can look into the Museum’s Engineering Hangar and watch the Museum’s aircraft undergoing maintenance (main photo) from a mezzanine viewing gallery (photo 2). These photos were taken on a flying day, so there wasn’t much happening the day this photo was taken. The aircraft seen here is a Cessna Dragonfly, once used in Vietnam and now used for jet aerobatics.
Across the carpark from the entry building is the Aircraft Restoration Hangar. The aircraft currently under restoration is an Australian-made Avon Sabre (photos 3,4), owned by and being restored for the Royal Australian Air Force and formerly in the RAAF Display Flight. The Avon Sabre was a variant of the Sabre unique to Australia and, when finished, this will be the only airworthy example of this aircraft type. It is noteworthy that the Museum is training young people from the area to full trade qualifications in aircraft restoration and maintenance.
Update September 2009: A friend who recently visited has informed me that the Sabre is now flying again and performing on display days.
I’d rank Temora’s Rural Museum as considerably better than most. Over the years, the enthusiastic volunteers have managed to set aside some quite special historic artifacts. You’ll find a wide range of period clothing; a truly marvellous media collection including an old telephone exchange, radios, gramophones and cinema projectors. There is one of the largest collections of tractors and machinery I’ve ever seen, most in working order; not to mention a flour mill, and a considerable rocks and minerals collection.
Should you have the opportunity to attend a 'Flying Day' at the Museum, grab it! I’ve yet to meet anyone who didn’t feel they had a marvellous outing at one of these airshows. Depending on the time of year, these are held either monthly or two monthly, always over a weekend.
The flying programme runs from 1100 until about 1600, with only a relatively short break for lunch. Over time, a seemingly relaxed but actually very well planned and highly organised day has evolved. All the Museum staff and volunteer workers know their functions; the commentary is constant, informative and laced with dry humour; there is obvious attention to detail and, most importantly, safety. Everyone has a good view, as the aircraft operate from an area called the ‘flightline’ directly in front of the crowd. Should hunger or thirst become compelling, food and drink are available at stalls staffed by volunteers, with all the proceeds going to local charities.
Before the show, because the aircraft are close by, it is possible to watch the preparations. The commentators also are immediately in front of the crowd, standing in the open on a small podium. After an aircraft finishes its display, they often call the pilot to give a few words about flying that particular aircraft. Finally, flying done, the Museum does something apparently quite unique: a rope barrier is put around the aircraft, the pilots of each stand nearby, and the crowd can talk to them, or get photos and autographs. The whole day is very relaxed, in a way that would only be possible in the country.
Main photo: The ‘flightline’
Second photo: Notice of flying programme
Third photo: Filling the Tiger Moth with fuel
Fourth, photo Polishing the Spitfire
Fifth, photo Meeting the pilots at day’s end.
Without question, the Aviation Museum is Temora’s main tourist attraction and the centrepiece of Temora airport. The Museum is open to visitors throughout the year, except on major public holidays, from 1000 to 1600.
The entrance buildings may look unexciting (photo 2), but the first you enter is the original old wartime guardhouse, relocated and refurbished and providing a historic connection. Continuing that theme, the adjacent display area is in a replica of one of the wartime barracks buildings. This building contains a small theatre and also displays of military aviation memorabilia(photo 3), plus a shop selling aviation-related books, models etc.
Move on to the adjacent building, the large purpose-built hangar in photo 4 (also seen on the left of photo 2), and you will find the Museum’s display aircraft, well, except on flying days – the reason it is empty here!
If I were to summarise this Museum and its activities, such as flying days, I could only say that it is absolutely professional in all respects. A quality display that will definitely give value for your money, whether or not there is a flying display when you visit.
The cost to visit the Museum (outside flying days) is $10A per adult, reducing to $7.50 for seniors, $5 for children from 3 to 18.
Let’s start off with a quick look at some of the buildings in the main street of Temora. The Post Office is usually considered the centre of most towns in Australia, so that’s what you see in the main photo. It’s an attractive building, but am I alone in feeling that it displays a mixture of architectural styles? The building alongside has commercial offices, then the buildings beyond that hold shops.
Diagonally across the street from the PO, the lovely Italianate bank building in photo 2 dates from 1907. Apparently it still has the original stables and hayloft behind it! Quite a few other interesting buildings around the town all help to provide the excuse (as if one was needed!) for a return visit.
The Temora Aviation Museum has on of the worlds finest collections of flying historic aircraft.
It has the only flying Spitfire in Australia which we were lucky to see take off and do a loose low level fly by in formation with a Trojan. It also has the oldest tigermoth in Australia and the only flying Canberra there.
The museums facilities include
+ air-con display and hangars
+ gardens and pinic area
+ childrens playground
+ 38 seat theatre
+ guided tours
It's a great day for the whole family!
Three days of full on aerobatic fun.
The comp range is from the basic level for the "newbees" to the out of this world unlimited "madmen" (well just one this yr Tom Moon).
Getting to watch was just great, our club (S.A.S) grabbed a load of placings in two levels! Go S.A.S!!
It was a great chance to be able to check out all sorts of different types of planes from Yaks to Trojans, and seeing them in action!