November 9, 2017

History timeline

Many people are surprised to learn that flying at Narromine started as early as 1919. Australia ’s oldest regional aero club, which is still active, was formed there ten years later. Famous aviators made regular visits during aviation’s ‘golden era’ of the 1920s and 30s, and were enthusiastically hosted by the club.

During the Second World War, the aerodrome was upgraded to host firstly a large RAAF flying school, and in 1945 a unique RAF Mosquito bomber squadron. The post-war years saw Qantas conduct pilot training and check flights, while the aerodrome was the designated bad-weather alternative to Sydney ’s Mascot for international flights.

We display a captivating exhibition of artefacts, documents and photographs to tell the century-long story of aviation as it unfolded on one of Australia ’s most historic aerodromes. Three aircraft which are unique in the world are also on view:

  • A flyable replica of the 1907 Wright Flyer Model A (2005)
  • An original Corben Super Ace homebulit (1938)
  • An original Hawkridge Venture glider (1953)

A CAC Sabre jet fighter (1955) can also be viewed by arrangement.

Our displays are arranged into three eras: