Temora Aviation Museum – Warbirds Down Under Air Show 2018
by Phil Buckley
The weekend of 12-13 October 2018 witnessed the eagerly awaited Temora Aviation Museum’s annual Warbirds Down Under Airshow in Temora, New South Wales. This yr it comprised a Friday afternoon/night efficiency and a full-day’s air present on the Saturday. 2018 additionally noticed the present moved to October, a a lot welcomed change as November is significantly scorching summer time climate on this a part of Australia. October’s climate was delicate and much more acceptable for many. The climate was lovely on Friday, with sunny skies adopted by a pleasant sundown, which offered wonderful photographic alternatives.
Quite a lot of warbirds managed to get airborne on each days, which gave the gang a superb view of the kinds which have served in numerous conflicts through the years from WWII onwards. These included….
- Trainers – CAC Wirraway, DH-82A Tiger Moth, Ryan STM and Ryan PT-22.
- Fighters – CA-13 Boomerang, P-51 Mustangs, Spitfire Mk XVI, P-40 Kittyhawks, Spitfire Mk VIII and Hawker Hurricane.
- Bombers and Seaplanes – Lockheed Hudson and PBY Catalina.
- Korean Conflict period Jets – Gloster F.eight Meteor.
- Vietnam period – T-28 Trojans, Cessna O-2A, Cessna O-1 Birddogs, DHC-4A Caribou and Cessna A-37B Dragonfly.
- RAAF trainers – CAC Winjeels and CT-4s.
- Overseas Trainers – Yak-52s and CJ-6 Nanchangs.
- Current-day RAAF – RAAF Roulettes demonstration group (utilizing their PC-9/As for his or her final ever PC-9 show), Hawk 127s, Boeing E-7A Wedgetail, F/A-18A Hornet, C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster.
The Royal Australian Air Pressure’s aerobatic show workforce, “The Roulettes” opened the Friday present. This efficiency marked their ultimate public outing flying the Pilatus PC-9/A. The final of the Roulette’s operational PC-9s included A23-Zero12, 025, Zero27, 046, 050, 052 and 063. At present, the RAAF is retiring their PC-9 fleet. Six of those plane shall be allotted for heritage preservation, with ten additional examples happening to coaching and analysis functions. The army will unload the rest, probably in 2019, to different governments and/or personal consumers.
The RAAF Roulettes demonstration workforce making their ultimate ever efficiency with the Pilatus PC-9. 2019 ought to see the staff carry out of their model new Pilatus PC-21s. (photograph by Phil Buckley)The synchro-pair PC-9s in the course of the RAAF Roulette’s efficiency. (photograph by Phil Buckley)
Up subsequent on Friday have been acquainted WWII-period trainers which included a Ryan PT-22, Ryan STM S2 and Vultee BT-13 Valiant.
The subsequent act displayed ‘a little bit’ extra energy with a heritage flight that includes WWII-period fighters alongside two Royal Australian Air Drive F/A-18As. The formation included Doug Hamilton’s Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 42-104986, Fighter Pilot Adventures’ North American P-51D Mustang 45-11526 and Ross Pay’s Curtiss P-40E 41-25109. After the flight cut up up, every of the plane gave separate shows, thrilling the gang.
The subsequent warbird participating gained many individuals’s consideration as it’s the solely airworthy Hawker Hurricane in Australia, the Scone-based mostly instance operated by Pays Air Service for an area proprietor. The Canadian-constructed Hawker Hurricane Mk.XII (RCAF 5481) flew in formation with two of the Temora-based Spitfires (Mk.XVI TB863 and Mk.VIII A58-758), offering an fascinating comparability between the 2 most well-known British-designed WWII fighters. The WWII fighters then departed the scene, and in got here the RAAF coach flight comprising of the RAAF Museum’s North American Harvard alongside assorted CAC Winjeels and CT-four Parrots.
Shortly afterwards, the Temora Aviation Museum’s CA-13 Boomerang A46-122 made an look. This sort was an RAAF stalwart within the early, darkish days of WWII within the Pacific, albeit as a cease-hole fighter of indigenous design and manufacture. The Boomerang did show itself succesful within the floor-assault position later within the struggle. As soon as almost extinct in preservation, the Boomerang is making a robust come-again with ten or so potential flyers presently beneath restoration, and probably extra to return.
Subsequent up, one of many rarest of flying jet warbirds, the Temora Aviation Museum’s Gloster Meteor F.eight VZ467, made an look to pay homage to the RAAF’s participation within the Korean Warfare. She presently flies within the markings of the RAAF’s most well-known Korean Conflict pilot – Sgt. George Hale. Hale engaged a pair of MiG-15s on certainly one of his fight sorties in a 77 Squadron RAAF Meteor. He reportedly scored hits on each plane, being credited with one shot down, and the opposite broken on 27th March 1953, the final time an RAAF plane formally engaged in air-to-air fight.
An uncommon assembly between Meteor, Kittyhawk and Hornet on the taxiway whereas a deHavilland Caribou idles within the background. (photograph by Phil Buckley)
The RAAF provided a couple of huge gadgets to the air present with No.2 Squadron flying one in every of their E-7A Wedgetails down from RAAF Base Williamtown for a number of passes. Subsequent up was a C-17A Globemaster III from No.35 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley which undertook a number of passes earlier than departing north for residence.
RAAF C-17A Globemaster III A41-206 made an look on the air present. (photograph by Phil Buckley)
Because the solar settled into the nation paddocks, a number of Vietnam Warfare-period Cessna O-1 Birddogs did some flying shows, displaying off the capabilities of this small however nimble and sometimes missed sort. They have been outdone although when Temora’s lately-repainted Cessna A-37 Dragonfly ripped up the sky in a memorable and noisy show, full with smoke-trails. The well-known Southern Knights Formation Aerobatic Group concluded the air present with assorted formation passes of their fleet of North American T-6 Texan/Harvards.
SATURDAY – FULL AIRSHOW
The Saturday present was barely longer and befell underneath cloudy skies for a lot of the occasion, however the solar confirmed up in the direction of the top. The RAAF Roulettes opened the day’s motion after which the rumble and roar of mighty V12s adopted when 4 WWII fighters took off; a Kittyhawk, Hurricane, Spitfire and Mustang displaying the elegant, but lethal designs upon which Allied victory had depended. After the heavy iron, the classic coach trio once more took to the skies, adopted by the RAAF coach flight that includes CT-4s, CAC Winjeels and the RAAF Museum’s Harvard in a pleasant and noisy show. As soon as this formation concluded, a T-6 and CT-four made solo performances. The Southern Knights took to the air once more and thrilled the gang with their dynamic formation passes over the airport. They have been succeeded by the Temora-based CA-16 Wirraway and CA-13 Boomerang made formation and solo shows. For a short while, these two varieties shaped important parts of RAAF entrance line protection of Australia. The Historic Plane Restoration Society’s beloved “Black Cat” PBY Catalina then took to the skies. The Temora-based Lockheed Hudson, the only airworthy instance of her type, joined the Black Cat within the skies quickly after.
A rising crowd favourite in Australia is a concentrate on RAAF and USAF plane from the Vietnam Struggle. The O-1 Hen Canine, Zero-2 Skymaster, T-28 Trojan, DHC-four Caribou and A-37 Dragonfly are a few of the common performers from this period, all of which have been available at Temora.
Up subsequent was one other formation flight of iconic World Conflict II fighters with each of the Temora-based Spitfires flying with the Scone-based mostly Hawker Hurricane. Sadly, the Hurricane skilled an issue and needed to land shortly, however the two Spitfires continued their efficiency, ending the show.
The subsequent plane up was a quick one, and quick it was! This particular Yak-3U, nicknamed Steadfast… properly it actually strikes…and that is amply confirmed by the 9 world data it has gained. The plane has a spectacular excessive-power aerobatics routine. Intriguingly, her wingtip smoke turbines steadily find yourself forming “smoke circles”… regardless of them initially popping out as two unbiased smoke trails. This excessive velocity act was complemented by the a lot slower Russian Roolettes show staff placing their Yak-52 and Nanchang CJ-6s by way of numerous formation aerobatics.
The RAAF have been concerned subsequent with their BAe Hawk 127 coach: noisy, quick and efficient. Now almost 18 years into service, RAAF Hawks have educated a whole lot of scholars within the artwork of quick-jet flying. One other C-17 then contributed some noise and gray metallic to the occasion with a number of regal passes. Combined in subsequent got here extra classic V12 piston energy with two Spitfires, two Kittyhawks and two Mustangs all flying a collection of path formation passes.
A Heritage Flight ended the present with a formation flight from the Temora-based Gloster Meteor accompanied by an RAAF F/A-18 Hornet. The Hornet closed out the occasion with a superb solo dealing with show from her pilot, Squadron Chief Phil Eldridge.
When requested for touch upon how the present faired, representatives from the Temora Aviation Museum reported to your writer, “It was a huge success, with crowd numbers similar to the 2015 event, with just under 20,000 spectators. The Friday crowd was large, but the Saturday crowd was a bumper crowd. Thanks to the many thousands of spectators who attended Warbirds Downunder 2018, the move to October seemed to be well received, and although the winds proved challenging on Friday, Saturday’s weather was favorable for such a memorable event. We would like to thank all of the warbird aircraft owners for bringing their assets along to Temora, and the RAAF for turning out in numbers. We have received an overwhelming response of positive comments and are already debriefing, analysing feedback and planning for a bigger and better Warbirds Downunder 2020.”
Warbird Digest and Down Under Aviation Information want to thank the TAM’s Basic Manger Peter Harper for the media entry and the alternatives given to us to cowl this occasion. Additionally honest because of all of the warbird house owners and organisations, TAM volunteers, RAAF and different help personnel throughout the airport who helped make the occasion worthwhile to attend.
We might very very similar to to thank Phil Buckley and his website Down Under Aviation Information for bringing us this story. We had hoped to run it a while in the past, and do apologize for the delay.
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