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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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+...more
Essentially, the choice is drive or fly, public transport is almost non-existent – a train service from Cootamundra to Mildura does pass through, but it’s once daily in each direction. There are no airline services, though you could fly to Wagga (about 90km south) and hire a car to Temora. It’s about a 450km drive from Sydney via Bathurst, Cowra and Young, or 200km from Canberra via Yass and Harden-Murrumburrah. There is plenty of parking, but it does pay not to be too late arriving or you may find yourself in one of the overflow carparks, with quite a lengthy walk.
Of course, if you’re flying you have a choice of flying yourself or having your executive jet bring you! I’m sure most VTers would choose the latter, but you will find quite a diverse range of private aircraft out here. The main runway is long enough for most jets, though I suspect weight limited if your executive jet is large! :)) For those flying, the CTAF Frequency is 126.15 and the airport identifier is YTEM.
Main photo: Grumman Gulfstream GV.
Second photo: Bombardier Global Challenger
Third photo: 1950s vintage Auster – back in the stone age, my first-ever flight was in one of these!
Fourth photo Two Russian-made Yak aircraft.
It’s a good idea to arrive early on one of Temora’s flying days. Although you may have to wait outside until the gates open at 1000, as with the people in this queue (main photo), that itself is a relaxing social event. Everyone comes equipped with chairs for the day, so it’s just a matter of making oneself comfortable and having a chat!
The first good reason to be early is that there is limited space in the carpark nearest the Museum and traffic soon is diverted into one of the overflow carparks. It can be quite a step from there, particularly if you are carrying chairs, cameras, and a picnic (NB alcohol and smoking are prohibited in the Museum area). The other good reason to be early is to be able to find a preferred spot and settle in for the day. A clear field of view is not the only consideration, remember that you may find yourself sitting in the sun for much of the day, so somewhere with a little shade also is a consideration. The second photo shows some of the crowd outside the main Museum hangar (a preferred spot).
Stopping briefly on a road trip through Temora, I found this marvellous sign in the men’s room in the park alongside the Temora swimming pool. This facility is used by the local schools, so I guess that the sign is intended for the school groups. I have included it as an OTBP tip because, by definition, only half the readers of VT are able to go there.
You do have to wonder if whoever composed the message was serious or not! It reminded me of the old line “the floggings will continue until the morale improves”. :))
Where? The park in Loftus St, Temora.
As a basic flying school, 10 EFTS used the standard British trainer aircraft of the time, the De Havilland Tiger Moth – built under licence in Australia. These were a 1930s design, but their construction, style and flight characteristics were more similar to the aircraft of World War 1. They now are greatly prized and to fly in one is an absolute...more
I wonder what was the reaction of the good people of Temora in 1941, when they suddenly found themselves hosting an aerodrome and the No 10 Elementary Flying Training School. It must have enlivened the town enormously when it started! This was part of the “Empire Air Training Scheme”, providing pilots for the War in both Europe and the Pacific....more
As mentioned in a previous tip, with war in the Pacific looming, no modern fighter aircraft were available in Australia. As an emergency measure, work began to build a highly modified Wirraway with the largest engine available – from a DC3! The Boomerang resulted and was flying in under 12 months from conception. Maybe as well, when production...more