Here are featured restoration and preservation works currently underway at the museum.

Link AN-T-18 Trainer

An important non-flying item in the museum collection is a Link Trainer made by Link Aviation Devices of Binghampton, NY, USA. It is a model AN-T-18 (Army/Navy Trainer model 18). This type was used before and during WW2, mainly for training pilots in flying by instruments alone. The cosmetic overhaul has now been completed.

The repainted trainer and instructor’s desk. The device on the table plots the virtual course of the ‘aircraft’ on the map.

Orion P-3C surveillance aircraft

This is a major project which is well underway at the end of 2019. The aircraft was donated to the museum by the RAAF in 2018. As the undercarriage span was too great for the Evans Head airstrip, it was landed at Lismore. It is now parked at the northern end of the aerodrome and museum volunteers have commenced the major works involved in readying it for road transport to the museum.

So far, the engines and propeller drives have been drained of oil, prior to their removal. The aft radome and tailplane have been removed and work is being done prior to removal of the the engines and wings. These can then be taken by road to Evans Head along with the fuselage, whereupon it will be re-assembled. All this is a substantial task involving specialist equipment and techniques, and is likely to extend well into 2020.

Volunteers Ron Taafe (up top) and Phil Lacey draining oil from No.1 engine

Wasp rotary engine exhibit

A new project underway involves cutting in sectioning a 7-cylinder Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine, so museum visitors can learn how these rotary engines operated. The work is being done by volunteer Nick in his home workshop.

All the parts nicely laid out