The Narromine Aviation Museum, located in Narromine, New South Wales, Australia is one step closer to a significant expansion of its facilities. Regional Development Australia (RDA) recently made the announcement that this project will proceed to the full application stage for round three of the Regional Development Australia Fund’s (RDAF) development program which provides grants of between A$50,000 and A$500,000 for projects located in towns with a population of 30,000 or less.
The Narromine Aviation Museum is located at Narromine Airport, an airfield with a storied history that goes back to the early days of Australian aviation, established in 1919. During the Second World War, the aerodrome was turned over to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) which used the field to train aviators, graduating 2,850 pilots during its four-year stay as well as serving a support base for RAAF operations for the war in the Pacific Theatre.
Post-war the Airport became home for Quantas’ pilot training program and a number of glider operations as the local atmospheric conditions make the area one of the best in Australia for operating a glider.
The Museum was opened in 2002 after years of effort by The Narromine Aero Club, Australia’s oldest regional aero club, founded in 1929. The planned expansion of the museum will provide space for the museum’s prized collection of vintage aircraft which includes a Corben Super Ace, a Venture Glider and Australia’s only operable replica of the landmark Wright Flyer.
Mr Kierath, project manager at the Narromine Aviation Museum, said they applied for A$250,000 through the RDA to expand the museum. The total cost of the museum expansion is estimated to be between A$400,000 and A$500,000 and if the committee is successful with their application the remaining cost will be filled by already-promised private donations and additional support from the Narromine Shire Council.