The first outing for the Day Out Society for 2020 was a visit to the Albatross Fleet Air Museum at Nowra.
With 33 members on board the coach with Cris, our very capable driver, we headed off at 7.30am from our departure point to travel to Nowra via Windellama and Oallan before stopping for a refreshing cuppa and some morning tea at the Nerriga Recreation Area.
After our half an hour break, we were back on the coach to drive through the fire ravaged countryside where the burnt buildings and bush was clearly visible; utter devastation was seen for miles. It was so sad to see, but with mother nature doing her job after recent rain, some trees were starting to sprout again and the grass trees had green tops.
Arriving at Albatross we were directed to an extra-large hanger where lots of planes and helicopters were awaiting our viewing. Throughout this exhibition and its interactive features, visitors can learn not just about the Naval Aircraft and Hardware, but they can see and hear the stories of the men and women who have served the Navy and Australia in the Fleet Air Arm. The Museum's Flight Simulator provides a "vertical experience" for all ages, on what it is like in the pilot's seat.
After an hour or so at the Museum, we visited the Ex Services Club for a buffet lunch at the Eastern Tiger Restaurant. On full stomachs, we once again boarded our coach to head home, stopping at Nerriga for the drawing of our raffle. All agreed, it had been "another good day out".
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