Narromine Aerodrome, NSW
On 13 February 1920, at a lucerne field where Narromine's golf links are now situated, some 3,000 spectators gathered to see an aeroplane land. It was Sir Ross Smith's giant Vimy, winner of the Great Air Race from England to Australia.
The Hayden family, builders of the iconic Wright Flyer replica, had family ties which go back further still to a small monoplane built locally in 1916-17.
In the Barnstorming era of the 1920s and 30s Narromine Aero Club, now Australia's oldest regional aero club, hosted famous visitors such as Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm, Sir Alan Cobham, Arthur Butler, Jean Batten and Sir Francis Chichester.
Since 1940 Narromine has been internationally renowned for its fantastic thermals, which make it one of the world's best gliding locations.
Each year sees hundreds of gliding enthusiasts from around the world converge here to make the most of these excellent conditions.
The Narromine Aerodrome hosts various aviation events throughout the year.
The Aerodrome is also home to:
- Narromine Aero Club (ph. 02 6889 1620)
- Narromine Gliding Club (ph. 0407 459 581)
- Soar Narromine - International Soaring Centre (ph. 02 6889 1856)
- Narromine Residential Skypark
- Narromine Tourist Park & Motel (ph. 02 6889 2129)