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Great Eastern Fly-In over for another year
There was good weather all weekend for the fly-in, fairly hot but there was relief from an ESE breeze. Attendance seemed to be down from last year, but still a good crowd, more so on the Saturday. A range of planes flew in, but again not as many. The shop apparently did well. A more detailed report will be here when the info is available.
The big highlight of the event was Paul Bennet in the Wolf Pitts Special. Flying down the runway only metres from the ground, with the aircraft side on and pointing 45 degrees to the sky, made for jaw-dropping viewing. Photos below of the Pitts by Paul McGuiness.
Happy customers at the Museum shop
Fairey Battle model back on display
Following a major clean-up and re-paint by museum crew, the Fairey Battle scale model is back on display at the entrance to Evans Head, opposite the school. The cockpit canopy was also restored. The Fairey now has the correct colour scheme for a WW2 target towing aircraft as used at No.1 BAGS.
The 1/3 scale model was built by staff of Richmond Valley Council.
Orion aircraft handed over to the museum
The RAAF Orion P-3C surveillance aircraft A9-752, was officially handed over to the museum, on Sunday 16th December, in a ceremony held in the Lismore Aero Club hangar. There was standing room only, as speeches highlighted the history of this aircraft, and also showed the strong level of support for the museum around the region.
After the signing of official documents, guests were able to go onboard the Orion.
On the flight deck – Air Commodore John Meier and WW2 Pilot Dr. Ron Haughton DFC, Ld.H
Museum acquires original Dickenson hang glider
An item of local and world aviation significance has been donated to the museum collection. It is the third in a series of gliders made by John Dickenson and flown at Grafton. His first two craft are no longer in existence. His design incorporated a suspended seat and a triangular frame which allowed the craft to be controlled in both pitch and roll/yaw by weight shift. Dickenson is recognised as one of the pioneers of the modern hang glider.