The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) is again this year supporting the Lawrence Hargrave memorial schools kite flying day held at Stanwell Tops. This annual event attracts many school children and is historically significant to the region and an important part of Australian aviation heritage.
The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) is pleased to recommend its series of open days showing off some of the unique aircraft held at its headquarters at the Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park.
The open days will be held outside the HARS hangars and will involve the static display of some its distinctive aircraft. Members of the public will be able to board and sit in some of the aircraft including the cockpits of aircraft like our F-111C fighter bomber and Neptune submarine hunter. There will also be guided tours of the aircraft on display.
The open days will be held on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every month between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
The admission cost will be $10.00 per adult and $2.00 per child, which will include on board visits and sitting in cockpits.
- The annual HARS Church Parade is being held at 3 pm on Saturday 1 November at the Shellharbour Uniting Church. Our HARS Chaplain Grahame Abrahams will conduct the service which will also recognise the recent passing of both Shirley and Barry Arms who were great members and sponsors over the years. Their family including Grand Children will be in attendance. All are welcome and the Church Ladies serve a great afternoon tea.
- Work on the roof of the complex this week was to follow up any roof damage over the years and apart from two storm damaged sheets and some replacement screws all is sound.
- This activity followed by the annual insurance inspection was some comfort that all is well.
For those noting the two blue helicopters at the eastern ground area, they are from Canada and are here for the fire season.
- The plumbing works at the front door and along the Hangars is part of the CHC Air Ambulance site and you should also see the fire hydrant ring following on.
Work continues on the wing spars of the Southern Cross. Diaphragms (vertical spacers) have been fitted, and fine plywood webs are being fitted to the sides of each spar to enclose them. Following this ribs will be manufactured and slid over the spars. Some of the detail can be seen in the photo.
Here’s a report from the Southern Cross Replica team.
The Southern Cross team is pleased to report that after nearly two years in the making, the four six metre long re-manufactured laminated spruce wing spar booms have now been joined on to the original un-damaged sections of the wing spars. This represents a major step forward in the wing repair.
The next step is to box the booms in to form the front and rear main wing box spars. After that, once repaired, the wing ribs slide up the spars and so form the wing profile.
Ply skinning of the wing will follow.
Some time and a lot of work ahead still, but getting there. Watch this space for more news as it comes.