A visit to Wingham on a very bright, sunny day.
Located on the Manning River, in New South Wales, Australia,
Wingham is a charming rural service centre which has remained largely unchanged by the tourism which has dramatically altered the townships along the coast. Wingham is the oldest town in the Manning Valley. Like many towns away from the coast it was first settled by cedar cutters and, after the cedar ran out, the surrounding countryside was settled by dairy farmers and beef cattle breeders.
It is unusual for Australian towns to be built around a Central Park but Wingham is a notable exception. Central Park sits in the centre of the town, has a number of unique attractions and is surrounded by interesting and attractive historic buildings.
The Vampire Jet A79-593, in Central Park, was donated by the Manning River Branch of the Air Force Association on 14 August, 1971 to commemorate the fiftieth birthday of the Royal Australian Air Force.
The F31 series of the de Havilland Vampire was produced 1950 to 1953.
The plaque was unveiled by Air Vice-Marshal W E Townsend (CB, CBE, FAIM), on 14 August, 1971.
This aircraft entered service with No.2 Operational Training Unit, RAAF (2OTU) on 22/12/52. It was transferred to No. 1 Aircraft Depot RAAF (1AD) 9/1/58. It was transferred to RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) School of Technical Training, Wagga Wagga (RSTT) on 17/08/61 and approved for disposal on 11/07/70 before being displayed here on 14/08/71.
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Posted by Gillian Everett on 2021-02-05 22:01:55
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