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Temora Aviation Museum
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Established 1999
Location Temora, New South Wales, Australia
Type Aviation museum
Website http://www.aviationmuseum.com.au

The Temora Aviation Museum is an Australian aviation museum located in Temora, New South Wales. The Museum was established in late 1999, based on the collection of warbird aircraft owned by David Lowy. Lowy remains the President and Founder of the Museum, which is overseen by a four-member Governing Committee.

The Museum is home to many historic ex-military aircraft that range from the World War II era to the Vietnam War era and holds Aircraft Showcase (on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of most months) to display some of its operating aircraft.

The Museum often hosts visits from historical aircraft and Royal Australian Air Force combat aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornet.

History

Supermarine Spitfire Mark XVI (16) (Temora)
Spitfire Mk XVI, October 2011

The town of Temora is notable in Australian aviation history. The Royal Australian Air Force set up the No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School there in May 1941, the largest and longest-lived of the schools established under the Empire Air Training Scheme during World War II.

More than 10,000 personnel were involved in the school's operation, with more than 2,400 pilots being trained there, and at its peak had 97 de Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft for training purposes. The school was closed on 12 March 1946.

After World War II, Temora continued its aviation heritage, used for a number of activities including: parachuting, gliding, ultra-light aircraft operations, aerobatics, and model aircraft.

Sydney businessman David Lowy established the museum in Temora due to its aviation history, good weather, flat terrain, a co-operative local council and uncontrolled air space below 20,000 feet.

Temora Aviation Museum was incorporated in late 1999, at which point construction of the facilities commenced, and a governing committee was formed. The first hangar was completed in February 2000, and the first aircraft for the collection were donated by Lowy. The museum was officially opened to the public in June 2000 at which point construction commenced on the exhibition buildings, including: display space, theatrette, admission entrance, gift shop, a children's playground and picnic area.

In November 2002, the third stage of the museum complex, a 1,980 square metres (0.49 acres) hangar was completed and became the main display hangar for all the aircraft, while the original hangar became a restoration and maintenance facility.

Temora Historic Flight

In May 2019 the museum announced that it had reached an agreement with the Department of Defence to transfer ownership of 11 historically significant aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force, effective 1 July 2019. Under the agreement the aircraft would continue being housed at Temora and maintained by the same staff, but operated by the Air Force Heritage Squadron as the Temora Historic Flight. Twelve of the club's pilots were inducted into the RAAF Reserve as Special Capability Officers with the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

Aircraft

Aircraft Civil registration ADF serial Image Notes
Air Force Heritage Squadron (Temora Historic Flight)
English Electric Canberra TT18 VH-ZSQ English Electric Canberra TT.18, Temora Aviation Museum JP6284998.jpg
Lockheed Hudson Mk III VH-KOY Temora Aviation Museum (VH-KOY) Lockheed Hudson Mk III taking off at the 2019 Australian International Airshow (1).jpg
Cessna A-37 Dragonfly VH-XVA Cessna YA-37B Dragonfly (318E) AN0527172.jpg
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII VH-HET VH-HET Supermarine 359 Spitfire HF8C 'Grey Nurse' (7075246003).jpg
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI VH-XVI Temora Aviation Museum (VH-XVI) Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI taxiing at the 2019 Australian International Airshow.jpg
Gloster Meteor F8 VH-MBX A79-851 VH-MBX Gloster Meteor F8 Temora Aviation Museum (9694062699).jpg
de Havilland Vampire T.35 VH-VAM A79-617 De Havilland Australia Vampire T35 (DH-115) AN1096500.jpg
CAC Sabre VH-IPN A94-983 Royal Australian Air Force, on loan to the Temora Aviation Museum, (VH-IPN, former military registration A94-983) CAC Sabre Mk.32 landing at Avalon during the 2015 Australian International Airshow.jpg
CAC Wirraway Mk 3 VH-BFF A20-653 Commonwealth CA-16 Wirraway Mk3 AN1096501.jpg
CAC Boomerang VH-MHR A46-122 Temora Aviation Museum (VH-MHR) Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-13 Boomerang taking off at the 2019 Australian International Airshow.jpg
de Havilland Tiger Moth VH-UVZ A17-691 Temora Aviation Museum (VH-UVZ) de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth during the 2015 Warbirds Downunder Airshow at Temora (1).jpg
Ryan STM VH-RSY Temora Aviation Museum (VH-RSY) Ryan ST-M S2 during the 2015 Warbirds Downunder Airshow at Temora.jpg
Museum aircraft
Cessna A-37 Dragonfly VH-DLO Temora Aviation Museum (VH-DLO) Cessna A-37B Dragonfly taxiing during the 2015 Warbirds Downunder Airshow at Temora (1).jpg
Cessna O-2 Skymaster VH-OII Cessna O-2A Super Skymaster, Private JP529729.jpg
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog VH-LRE On loan

Warbirds Downunder

Hudson bomber (Temora)
Hudson in maintenance, October 2011
CAC CA-16 Wirraway A20-653 (VH-BFF)
CAC Wirraway, October 2010

Temora Aviation Museum hosts Warbirds Downunder every two years. Warbirds Downunder is an airshow featuring most of Temora Aviation Museum's aircraft and various others from around Australia, including the RAAF Roulettes, RAAF F/A-18 Hornets, RAAF Hawks, Catalina, and Super Constellation.

Temora's population of 4,000 swells at the time of Warbirds Downunder with almost 10,000 people attending the inaugural show in 2011.

The airshow is now held over a full weekend, the next was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday 17–18 October 2020, however due to COVID-19 this has been postponed to 2021.

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