Here are featured collection, restoration and preservation works currently underway.

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 the major current project. The aircraft was donated to the museum by the RAAF in 2018. As the undercarriage span was too great to land safely on the Evans Head airstrip, it was landed at Lismore. The gallery below shows the progression of work.

24 March 2020 – wings removed, tied down and earthed, ready for transport.

Wheels removed, undercarriage ready to fold up

Removal of vertical stabiliser

Removal of one of the engines

Separation of the complete tailplane

Separation of the radome

Disconnecting wing cables

Removing bolts inside fuselage

Draining engine oil

RAAF and EHHAM personnel with the aircraft on arrival at Lismore

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