Home' Air Force News : September 17th 2009 Contents By Ken Llewelyn and
WITH the restored A94-983 Sabre
flying publicly for the first time, the
Temora Aviation Museum attracted
record crowds for its flying weekend
on September 5 and 6.
On the Saturday, more than 4000
spectators, including pilots and ground
crew who had flown or worked on the
former RAAF jet, watched the very
impressive three-and-a-half hour show.
Well over 3500 enthusiasts watched
the show on the Sunday.
Among the crowd were CAF
AIRMSHL Mark Binskin, his
Deputy, AVM Geoff Brown and Air
Commander AVM Mark Skidmore.
Speaking in front of the large
crowd, AIRMSHL Binskin thanked
museum president David Lowy for his
team's efforts in getting the Sabre back
into the air.
"I am very pleased with the excel-
lent relationship that we have built
and will continue to build between
the RAAF Museum and the Temora
Aviation Museum," AIRMSHL
"It is important that we keep these
aircraft flying, and on display, as they
are part of our heritage. Our heritage is
Over the last three years, Temora
Museum engineering staff restored the
Sabre to full flying condition, conduct-
ing a flawless check flight in July this
Former Sabre pilot, and the Air
Force HQ representative on the restora-
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AIR FORCE September 17, 2009
Back to former glory
tion project, AIRCDRE David Pietsch,
said the three-year program to bring
the iconic fighter back to flying status
had gone extraordinarily well.
"Great credit must be given to the
Temora staff, particularly their engi-
neers, in bringing the now impeccable
Sabre back to full flying status," he
said.SQNLDR Paul Simmons justified
all the hard work by thrilling the large
crowds at Temora with a smooth and
graceful performance that particularly
delighted the retired 'Sword' pilots on
the Saturday. Former Air Force pilot
Darren Crabb flew the same routine in
the Sabre on the Sunday.
Not to be overshadowed by the 'last
of the day fighters', No 2 Operational
Conversion Unit pilot FLTLT James
Atkinson followed the Sabre's routine
in his F/A-18, putting on a perform-
ance that not only enthralled the air
show crowd but had shoppers in the
small township staring skywards.
Former fighter pilot Bruce Wood
also delighted the crowd flying the
Vampire, while on Sunday Director
Regional Events AIRCDRE Rod Luke
put his Canberra bomber through an
elegant display. Temora's popular
Spitfires also joined the show among
the 13 aircraft that flew over the week-
A94-983 was delivered to the
RAAF in 1957, serving with
various flying units before being
handed over to the RMAF in
Butterworth in 1971.
The Sabre was returned to the
RAAF in 1978.
It became part of the RAAF
Museum's collection in 1981 and
flew in air shows for the next 12
A94-983 was handed over to the
Temora Aviation Museum for
restoration in 2005.
Sabre's long history
taxi to a stop
a flying display
PRACTICE RUN: SQNLDR Paul
Simmons takes the Sabre for a
test run just prior to its first public
display at the Temora Aviation
Museum. Photo: Glenn Alderton
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