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

Orion P-3C surveillance aircraft

This is a major project which is only just underway as at June 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 propellor drives have been drained of oil, prior to their removal. The next step is to remove 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.

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

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. It is in good order but needs some work. It is presently being cleaned and repainted before attending to the mechanical and electrical system. The stubby wings and tailplane have been removed for painting separately in the original yellow.

Volunteer Phil Lacey painting the plywood fuselage