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Air museum on track

A NEW committee will manage the heritage museum aspects of the Evans Head Aerodrome including a proposed static display of an F111 fighter.

The Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association was formed last year and currently has about 60 members.

The association has been formed as a partnership between the Evans Head Living Museum, interested members of the aviation community, community members and the Evans Head Air Park.

It is funded for the most part by the Evans Head Airpark which will develop the site to include a residential air park and an aviation heritage centre.

"The primary objective of the association is to promote heritage aviation at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome," explained association president Rod Kinnish.

"We are there to celebrate the heritage aspects of the aerodrome and to tell its story, including the days as an Air Force training aerodrome and, at its peak, a base for 5500 people."

According to Mr Kinnish, members of the organisation are a diverse range of people with an interest in aviation and the aerodrome.

They include aviators, F111 crew members and technicians, apprentices, and veterans and community members who just want to be involved and help out.

An application for a static F111 for the aerodrome museum was formally made by the association on March 26 to the Federal Government Defence Materials Organisation.

Mr Kinnish explained the application ran 300 pages including plans of management for every aspect of the proposed display.

"This has not been a trivial exercise, but it has been a labour of love for quite a few people" he said.

"That's the principle on which we are operating, utilising the communal support of all the organisations involved."

Mr Kinnish said a Mig15 fighter, a Tiger Moth and a Musketeer have already been obtained for the display but would not be drawn on a possible surprise additional exhibit.

"The aviators are very excited," was all he would say.

The association's F111 application will be considered for about six weeks before the arduous process leads to another stage where more detailed plans are required.

"All going well we are expecting to deliver the fully restored Bellman hangar with the museum operating by September 2013 including a static display of an F111 as the centrepiece," he said.

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