The museum is open from 10.30 am – 4.30 pm everyday (except Christmas Day). Click HERE for Admission Pricing
New Display Hangar underway!
Our new 1,200sqm Display Hangar is finally underway, construction by Ahrens and 50% funded by the National Stronger Regions Fund. Work started on 19th September 2016 on the building pad and the current project completion date is 21 December 2016. We will have lots to do then to get the interior ready for new displays, including our DHC4 Caribou.
The schematic gives an indication of the scope of the building, which will be immediately adjacent to our existing Restoration Hangar. The SE end is raised to accommodate the Caribou’s tail height.
DHC-4 Caribou reaches SAAM!
“SAAM was very happy to have been selected by the Australian Military Sales Office as preferred applicant for DHC-4 Caribou A04-225. This is one of five Caribous that were parked at Oakley Army Aviation Centre, and were subject to a recent disposal tender to Australian Historical Aviation Organisations.
Our acquisition crew completed the dismantling of the aircraft into transportable components at Oakey between 2nd – 14th June. The crew, consisting of our President Pieter van Dyk; museum member Steve Nitschke; a friend of Steve Nitschke’s, Steve Kristofic; and Queensland Air Museum volunteer David Geck, removed the outer wings, all tail surfaces and the aft fuselage section. The engines and propellers had already been removed and stored by Defence personnel.
All parts of the aircraft have been transported to SAAM, with the main fuselage section finally reaching us on Sunday 7 August 2016 after an epic journey through outback Queensland to the Strzelecki Track.
The aircraft components will remain in storage at SAAM until our new display hangar is complete and able to accommodate it, then the painstaking task of reassembling it for display will begin!
A4-225 was delivered to the RAAF in June 1965, one of 29 Caribous ordered between 1963 and 1971. It gave 44 years of service before being retired in 2009. It served with 38 Sqn Detachment A in PNG, where it was used to qualify crews in difficult tropical and terrain conditions before their deployment to Vietnam. It also served in natural disaster relief work – for example, relief operations in Townsville after Cyclone Althea in 1971.”
More Photos HERE.
Our F-111 Tours make a wonderful gift!!
This two hour tour is a great way to get up close and personal with the iconic F-111. One of our guides will take you on your individual tour of this great aircraft’s exterior and cockpit and explain its many features.
CLICK HERE for more information about the tour, how to purchase a Tour Gift Certificate and the booking procedure.