What to See

Aero Club Scrapbook. Narromine Aero Club’s 1930s scrapbook has survived war and flood, and you can thumb through a copy of it in a simulated period ‘setpiece’ at the museum.

The Vic Hall collection. Narromine Post office worker Vic Hall had a passion for aviation, photography and drawing during the ‘barnstorming’ era of the 1920s and 30s. It is thanks to him that we have such a rich record of the air visits and pageants of that time.

Rolls Royce Merlin 25 aero engine. The Mosquito B.IV bombers of 618 Squadron RAF were modified for speed at low altitude to suit their ‘Highball’ role (see 1945 in the timeline). Alterations included a bulged bomb bay and release gear for the spherical bombs, an arrester hook for aircraft carrier operations, and 1,630 horsepower Merlin Mk 25 engines with four-bladed propellers. This rare engine from one of the squadron’s bombers, which was bought at the aerodrome auctions in 1947, has been generously loaned by Mr Russell Peacock.

Diorama model of the aerodrome, set during the Second World War. This diorama was made with meticulous attention to detail by Ian Dennewald of the Sydney  firm AUSTEK Models. References used were archival plans and photographs provided by the museum. Included are 30 tiny Tiger Moth aircraft of the RAAF Elementary Flying Training School dispersed around the aerodrome. The diorama is to a scale of 1:750, measuring 2 x 2 metres, and forms a centrepiece in the museum.

A few historic aircraft can be seen by arrangement on the aerodrome, including:

  • Australia’s only flying replica of a Wright Model A Flyer;
  • a Tiger Moth trainer;
  • Sabre jet fighter; and
  • the world's only Hawkridge Venture glider, built at Dubbo in 1953.