Here are featured restoration and preservation works currently underway at the museum.
Orion P-3C surveillance aircraft
This is a major project which is well underway as at October 4th. 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 has been removed and work is being done prior to removal of the tailplane, then 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.
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.
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. Volunteers are well on the way to completing a cosmetic overhaul. The main body has been cleaned and repainted and the controller’s desk has been renovated. The current work involves cleaning and repainting the various boxes underneath which house complex electro-mechanical-pneumatic control systems.