The Canberra Bomber is lifted by crane off the back of the truck that brought it to Evans Head from Amberley RAAF base.
The Canberra Bomber is lifted by crane off the back of the truck that brought it to Evans Head from Amberley RAAF base. Samantha Elley

Bomber and Caribou soon to be museum buddies

IT'S BUILDING into a collection any aviation enthusiast would be excited to have.

The Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association museum (EHMAHAA) has just taken possession of their latest exhibit, a Canberra A84-203 Bomber used to train pilots from the 1950s to the 1980s.

The Bomber, however, is not the only new exhibit that will be on display this year.

 

"We have just also been awarded a Caribou A4-299 aircraft," EHMAHAA president Rod Kinnish said.

"We are in contract negotiations with Defence but should have it before June 30 this year."

With the arrival of the Bomber and the impending arrival of the Caribou Mr Kinnish said this takes the museum to a whole new chapter.

 

The Canberra Bomber has arrived at Evans Head's aviation museum.
The Canberra Bomber has arrived at Evans Head's aviation museum. Samantha Elley

"The museum will be doubling in size," he said.

"In the space of a couple of months we have acquired two heritage assets and it's thanks to the community support, our hard working volunteers and good management plans.

Mr Kinnish said the expansion of the museum would bring more people to the area and they hope to organise a warbirds flying weekend at the end of each month.

"We will also be extending our hours of operation to mid-week," he said.

 

EHMAHAA's vice president John Gosper was a pilot who regularly flew the Canberra Bomber which has now made it's home at the museum.

"It's nostalgic to see it and know it's going to a good home," he said.

"It was a man's aeroplane, there were no hydraulic controls, so it was a pretty heavy trainer for new pilots."



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