Parkes High School students working on the restoration of aircraft at the Parkes Airport received encouragement from the second highest office in the country when they shook hands with the Deputy Prime Minister recently.
The students were helping volunteers put the wings on the Heron and preparing the Convair for taxiing trials and engine runs, when Michael McCormack dropped in to inspect the aircraft museum. He was very interested in the work of the students.
The sponsors of the Heron project were also impressed with what the students had achieved inside and out. Future jobs include more sanding to repaint, while the cockpit section of Neptune 302 will be brought inside for restoration.
The students also participated in an emu parade and picked up all the fallen trees and limbs littering the creek line adjacent to the outdoor area. The clean-up has vastly improved the appearance of the museum from the access road.
By Mike De La Hunty