RAAF celebrates 100th birthday

Australia’s Temora Aviation Museum held its eagerly anticipated Centenary Showcase over the weekend of March 6-7. Phil Buckley provides words and images, with additional photography from Matt Savage

For an event boasting plenty of warbird participation, some 6,000 people were able to attend as the Australian state of New South Wales had finally lifted its COVID- 19 restrictions. The focus was on the RAAF’s 100th anniversary, with a total of 39 aircraft getting airborne in multiple displays.

Each morning began with the unmistakeable sound of TAM’s English Electric Canberra TT.18 VH-ZSQ being fired up. The bomber, formerly designated WJ680, has been undergoing restoration for the last few years, but it was exciting to hear those Avon engines running again. It’s hoped that the jet will return to the air later this year.

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