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HotelBushranger
04-14-2006, 02:58 AM
The Temora Aviation Museum is excited to announce that a second airworthy
Spitfire will be incorporated into its collection in June 2006.

The Temora Aviation Museum, located in southwest New South Wales currently
operates the only airworthy Spitfire in Australia, along with a historical
collection of ex-military aircraft including a Lockheed Hudson, Wirraway, Tiger
Moth, Meteor, Canberra, and Vampire. Regular Flying Days are held during which
the Museum displays its collection in the skies above Temora. The addition of
this Spitfire will give Museum visitors the unique opportunity to see two
Spitfires in the sky together in Australia.

This Supermarine Mk XVI Spitfire TB863 is an ex-wartime example, built at
Vickers Armstrong's Castle Bromwich "shadow factory", near Birmingham, in late
1944. The aircraft is currently located in New Zealand and will be shipped to
Temora after the Warbirds over Wanaka airshow.

TB863 is powered by a Rolls Royce Packard Merlin and was one of the last built
with the standard fuselage design. The aircraft was test flown from Castle
Bromwich and subsequently delivered to No. 19 Maintenance Unit at RAF St Athan
on 27 February 1945. It was issued to No. 453 Squadron Royal Australian Air
Force (one of a number of empire units serving with the RAF) based at Matlask,
Norfolk on 22 March as a replacement for a Spitfire which forced landed in
Holland

Spitfire TB863€s restoration was completed in 1988 by The Fighter Collection
at Duxford UK and since then has taken pride of place in Sir Tim Wallis€s
Alpine Fighter Collection at Wanaka in New Zealand. The Spitfire is currently
painted in a World War II paint scheme and wears the same markings as when it
served with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) over the skies of Europe.

Temora Aviation Museum President and Founder Mr. David Lowy, AM stated €œWe are
very proud to bring to Australia an important piece of our military aviation
heritage. The aircraft is in excellent condition and is a testament to the
dedication and work that Sir Tim Wallis and his team invested over the years. We
look forward to displaying both of our Spitfire€s for many years to come€.

Sir Tim stated that €œWe are delighted that TB863 is going to Temora,
Australia. With its€ Australian Squadron history it will be a wonderful
heritage item for them to add to their collection. I hope to be at Temora for
one of it€s first flights and to meet with David and his people€.

Check out the links for pictures of our newest acquisition.
http://aviationmuseum.ayera.com/news/spitfiretb.cfm
http://www.nzfpm.co.nz/aircraft/mkxvi.htm



http://www.aviationmuseum.com.au/

HotelBushranger
04-14-2006, 02:58 AM
The Temora Aviation Museum is excited to announce that a second airworthy
Spitfire will be incorporated into its collection in June 2006.

The Temora Aviation Museum, located in southwest New South Wales currently
operates the only airworthy Spitfire in Australia, along with a historical
collection of ex-military aircraft including a Lockheed Hudson, Wirraway, Tiger
Moth, Meteor, Canberra, and Vampire. Regular Flying Days are held during which
the Museum displays its collection in the skies above Temora. The addition of
this Spitfire will give Museum visitors the unique opportunity to see two
Spitfires in the sky together in Australia.

This Supermarine Mk XVI Spitfire TB863 is an ex-wartime example, built at
Vickers Armstrong's Castle Bromwich "shadow factory", near Birmingham, in late
1944. The aircraft is currently located in New Zealand and will be shipped to
Temora after the Warbirds over Wanaka airshow.

TB863 is powered by a Rolls Royce Packard Merlin and was one of the last built
with the standard fuselage design. The aircraft was test flown from Castle
Bromwich and subsequently delivered to No. 19 Maintenance Unit at RAF St Athan
on 27 February 1945. It was issued to No. 453 Squadron Royal Australian Air
Force (one of a number of empire units serving with the RAF) based at Matlask,
Norfolk on 22 March as a replacement for a Spitfire which forced landed in
Holland

Spitfire TB863€s restoration was completed in 1988 by The Fighter Collection
at Duxford UK and since then has taken pride of place in Sir Tim Wallis€s
Alpine Fighter Collection at Wanaka in New Zealand. The Spitfire is currently
painted in a World War II paint scheme and wears the same markings as when it
served with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) over the skies of Europe.

Temora Aviation Museum President and Founder Mr. David Lowy, AM stated €œWe are
very proud to bring to Australia an important piece of our military aviation
heritage. The aircraft is in excellent condition and is a testament to the
dedication and work that Sir Tim Wallis and his team invested over the years. We
look forward to displaying both of our Spitfire€s for many years to come€.

Sir Tim stated that €œWe are delighted that TB863 is going to Temora,
Australia. With its€ Australian Squadron history it will be a wonderful
heritage item for them to add to their collection. I hope to be at Temora for
one of it€s first flights and to meet with David and his people€.

Check out the links for pictures of our newest acquisition.
http://aviationmuseum.ayera.com/news/spitfiretb.cfm
http://www.nzfpm.co.nz/aircraft/mkxvi.htm



http://www.aviationmuseum.com.au/

Waldo.Pepper
04-14-2006, 04:16 AM
You can never have too many Spitfires.

HotelBushranger
04-14-2006, 05:17 AM
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djetz
04-14-2006, 08:46 AM
Yeah, there was a picture in today's newspaper. Very nice. Sadly, Australia is just as guilty of trashing precious WW2 hardware as other countries. Plenty of Australian-built Mossies, for instance, ended up rotting away...

HotelBushranger
04-14-2006, 10:29 PM
Yep. I recently read in the papers, that an American carrier was dumping aircraft off the Queensland coast. Not sure wether it was modern or WW2 era. Makes you shake your head sometimes.