RBA are investigating opportunities and constraints for the future of the Werribee Satellite Aerodrome site, producing an Adaptive Re-use Design Study (ARDS) and Conservation Management Plan (CMP). The image below illustrates the internal timber structure of an aeroplane hangar from the site.

The training of RAAF aircrew was heavily reorganised soon after the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1940 the Commonwealth Department of Defence leased 340 acres from the MMBW, including a portion of the subject site, to establish a satellite aerodrome to service Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) bases at Laverton and Point Cook. The site was increased in 1941 with the escalation of hositlities.

Hangars were constructed from relatively short lengths of unseasoned Australia hardwood, joined by patented TECO steel sheer connector plates and split rings in order to achieve the large spans required, producing what is considered to be the largest clear span timber trussed buildings in Victoria.

13 March 2012

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