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.
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.