Benalla Aviation Museum is on a high after the donation of three new historical pieces for its display.By Monique Freer
Benalla Aviation Museum is flying high after acquiring three historical pieces for its display.
The local museum recently obtained a GAF Nomad aircraft, as well as a Rolls Royce Dart engine and a Rolls Royce Avon engine.
Benalla Aviation Museum procurement officer Craig Morrison said the Nomad aircraft was donated by the Kangan Institute in Broadmeadows, and it was not until they travelled to the institute to view the aircraft that they became aware of the other engines available.
‘‘Out of the deal we did quite well,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a slow trip home but it was well worth it, the guys were buzzing.’’
The Nomad aircraft had to be dismantled to transport back to Benalla, and the volunteers now face the task of reassembling it for display.
‘‘Constructing the Nomad will be another project for the volunteers, and another good asset for the museum,’’ Mr Morrison said.
The GAF Nomad was a civilian aircraft that was used in the Australian Army, and featured in the television series The Flying Doctors.
The Avon engine was Australian-built and was used at a time when Australia had air superiority; the Dart engine was used in the Fokker Friendship aircraft that were used predominantly for regional flights.
Mr Morrison said as the engines represented significant parts of Australia’s history, they were a valuable addition to the museum’s collection.
‘‘It’s been quite a good asset in this trip, it makes the museum a bit more unique with the Rolls Royce Avon as it is quite rare,’’ Mr Morrison said.
The Rolls Royce Avon engine is also cut away to give a clear view of its internal workings, making it a valuable educational tool.
All items were donated to the Benalla Aviation Museum, and Mr Morrison said in recognition of the generosity of the Kangan Institute the museum planned to use the institute’s logo on recognition plaques for each piece within the museum.
‘‘They were quite blown away with that,’’ he said.
‘‘It was just a way to keep a good rapport with them and show that they’re going to get some sort of recognition for it.
‘‘The only thing that it cost us was the transport — the actual items themselves, everything was free.’’
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