ALMOST 10,000 people who attended the Temora Aviation Museum's inaugural Warbirds Downunder Airshow at the weekend are likely to still be recovering from sore necks.
All heads turned to the skies above Temora on Saturday to see Tiger Moths, Spitfires and Sabres take to the air in a show which exceeded even the organisers' expectations.
"It's the first time we've held an event of this size," Temora Aviation Museum assistant manager Lisa Love said.
"It exceeded our expectations, the flying went on without a hitch; the only thing was the heat, but unfortunately we can't control the weather."
After marching through the gates early to get a glimpse of the 52 planes scheduled to fly, families had the opportunity to walk through the museum to see some of Australia's early aviation history or enjoy a range of children's entertainment.
For many the real fun and sense of amazement came in the afternoon when the first of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilots left the tarmac for an aerobatics display.
The RAAF Roulettes, an elite formation aerobatic display team, wowed the crowd before an F/A-18 Hornet performed in a tribute formation with warbirds.
The Hornet, piloted by a member of Number 75 Squadron from RAAF Base Tindal, carried out a fly-by alongside historical aircraft including a Kittyhawk, Mustang, Meteor and Sabre.
All the planes were flown by Number 75 Squadron throughout the Squadron's history with only two planes - a Vampire and Mirage - missing.
The fly-over was a symbolic moment for a group of World War II veterans on the ground who were original members of Number 75 Squadron established in 1942 who travelled to Temora to see the plane in action before the Squadron's 70th anniversary next year.
A solo handling display of the F/A-18 Hornet completed the day.
Mrs Love said the day would not have been successful without the support of Temora Shire Council and wider community groups who provided various support roles to the museum during the event.