UP CLOSE: Darcy Williams looks over the F-111 on display at the Evans Head aviation museum.
UP CLOSE: Darcy Williams looks over the F-111 on display at the Evans Head aviation museum. Samantha Elley

Evans museum a flight of fantasy

WHEN Sgt Gordon Robert Wilson DFM trained in Evans Head at the No 1 Bombing and Gunnery School, he could not have imagined that his descendants would be back to visit.

The Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association Museum was officially opened yesterday and Sgt Wilson's grandson, Richard Ross, came down from the Gold Coast with his wife Heidi, daughter Rosie and mother-in-law Margaret Smith, who lives in Evans Head.

"He was a signalman and earned a Distinguished Flying Medal," Mr Ross said.

Sgt Wilson's great-granddaughter Rosie was impressed by the decommissioned F-111 A8-147 that is the centrepiece of the museum's display of aircraft.

"It's very big because it's got a big bomb," she said.

Darcy Williams of Tyagarah arrived at the air park more unconventionally than most of the crowds who were enjoying the day.

"I glided in from Tyagarah in my ultra-light," he said.

"I've been gliding since I was 16 and love the people and aviation of all kinds."

Sharing the renovated Bellman Hangar with the F-111 is a Drifter19-1329 Ultra light, a Russian Mig-15 plane, a De Havilland Tiger Moth and many historical aviation displays.

The official opening took place at 2pm with special guest and convener Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial. It was also attended by Deputy Chief of Air Force, Air-Vice Marshal (AVM) Gavin Davies.



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