Journey Back in Time at Temora Aviation Museum
The Temora Aviation Museum not only preserves the heritage of the Australian military aviation industry but it is a historical site. It was established as the No.10 Elementary Flying Training School in 1941 by the Royal Australian Air Force, and in its time it trained thousands of able pilots to defend the skies. During the Second World War, Temora played a significant role in the war efforts and was once home to approximately ninety-seven De Havilland Tiger Moth Aircrafts and ten thousand personnel. But this magnificent training facility made a name in aviation history as the last flying school of the Second World War to close its doors on 12 March 1946.
David Lowy breathed new life into the No.10 Elementary Flying Training School when he shared his vision for the Temora Aviation Museum. Lowy wanted to establish a museum that not only preserve historical military aircraft in running condition, but paid tribute to the brave pilots who risked their lives every time they climbed into the cockpit of their airplanes. His proposal was approved, and in 1999 construction on the museum buildings started. After the hangars were ready to house the varied airplane collection, David Lowy donated some of his own aircraft to start the collection. In 2000, the doors to the Temora Aviation Museum opened to the public, complete with exhibitions, interactive displays, gift shop, picnic areas, a playground for children and theatrette. An additional display hangar was added in 2002.
Visitors to the museum can look forward to a great variety of airplanes such as the Tom Moon’s Extra 300’s, Supermarine Spitfire Mk V111, Supermarine Spitfire MK XVI, RAAF Sabre, DH-82A Tiger Moth, Lockheed Hudson, CA-13 Boomerang, Cessna A37B Dragonfly, T-28D Trojan, Handley Page English Electric Canberra and the DH-115 Vampire T35. The museum also invites the public to submit stories of people they know; fathers, grandfathers or friends who used to fly in the Australian Air Force and add their stories to the Unsung Heroes section of the museum.
The museum also sponsored the documentary ‘Spitfire Guardians’, which was aired by The History Channel on 11 November 2007. Another spectacular feature at the museum is the Temora Aviation Museum Warbirds DVD that is on sale to the public. The DVD takes the viewer on a comprehensive journey on each of the aircraft that is displayed at the museum. It brings its flight in war times back to life, pilots recount their heroic and gripping stories and it also educates the viewer on the maintenance and care that is taken to keep every airplane at the museum in running condition.
For an educational adventure through the history of aviation in Australia, visitors should definitely take a day trip to the Temora Aviation Museum. The displays, aircraft and stories told make one aware of the danger that was faced by pilots during the war and the genius minds who designed the airplanes that became the aerial watchdogs and protectors of the Australian sky.