Temora has a rich and noteworthy aviation history. It was home to the No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School (10 EFTS) set up by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in May 1941. No 10 EFTS was the largest and longest lived of the flying schools established under the Empire Air Training Scheme during World War Two (WWII).
Throughout WWII more than 10,000 personnel were involved at the school with upwards of 2,400 pilots trained. At its peak the unit contained a total of 97 de Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft. Four satellite airfields were erected in the Temora district to cope with the demand to train RAAF pilots.
10 EFTS ceased operation on 12 March 1946. It was the last WWII flying school to close. Since then, Temora has continued its aviation heritage becoming the preferred airfield for a growing number of sport aviation activities including gliding, parachuting and ultra-light aircraft operations.
When Sydney businessman David Lowy expressed interest in establishing an aviation museum dedicated to aircraft and pilots who had defended Australia, Temora Aerodrome had all the attributes - rich in aviation history, hospitable people, an encouraging and co-operative local council, good weather, flat terrain and uncontrolled air space below 20,000 feet.
The Museum was incorporated in late 1999. Construction of the facilities then commenced and a Governing Committee made up of a group of experienced and diverse people was formed.
The hangar facility was completed in February 2000 and David Lowy donated the initial aircraft for the collection. The Museum was opened for public viewing in June 2000. In late 2000 construction commenced on the exhibition buildings, containing display space, theatrette, admission entrance, gift shop, a children's playground and picnic area. These were completed and opened to the public in August 2001.
Stage Three of the Museum Complex was completed in November 2002 with the opening of a 1980 sq m. display hangar. All aircraft are housed in this new hangar, the original hangar is now a customised restoration and maintenance facility.
The goal of the Temora Aviation Museum is to collect and maintain in airworthy condition, historical military aircraft types flown by or in conjunction with Australian military forces. The Temora Aviation Museum is located on the site of 10 EFTS set up by the RAAF in May 1941. 10 EFTS was the largest and longest lived of the flying schools established under the Empire Air Training Scheme during WWIII.
The Temora Aviation Museums collection holds historic significance as it contains artefacts pertaining to the development of Australian identity through military conflict and the history of Australian military forces, particularly the history of military aviation. It also allows the exploration of significant people in Australia. Illustrating the impact of WWII on rural Australia with regards to the establishment and operation of 10EFTS and the impact it had on the local community.
PO Box 263 Temora NSW 2666
+61 (0)2 6977 1088
1 Tom Moon Avenue Temora, NSW, Australia
Opening Hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm seven days per week excluding New Years Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Non Flying Day Admission Prices Adults: $20.00 Adults (over 65 years): $15.00 Child (3 - 16 years): $10.00 Family (2 adults & 2 children): $50.00 Aircraft Showcase Admission Prices Adults: $25.00 Adults (over 65 years): $20.00 Child (3 - 18 years): $15.00 Family (2 adults & 2 children): $65.00
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