Aviation Heritage Museum (Western Australia)

The Aviation Heritage Museum is a museum created and maintained by the RAAF Association of Western Australia. It houses many military and civilian aircraft, aircraft replicas and aircraft engines, of types that have served in the Royal Australian Air Force or have relevance to aviation in Western Australia. It is located in the suburb of Bull Creek in Perth, Western Australia.

Aviation Heritage Museum
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Established17 November 1979
LocationBull Creek, Western Australia
Coordinates32°02′57″S 115°51′31″E / 32.0493°S 115.8587°E / -32.0493; 115.8587
TypeAviation museum
Websitehttp://www.raafawa.org.au/museum/

HistoryEdit

The Western Australian Division of the RAAF Association acquired a Mark 22 Supermarine Spitfire from England in 1959 and erected it on a pole outside the Association's Headquarters in Perth. On 1 December 1962 the Association acquired an Avro Lancaster from the French. Many other exhibits of interest to Association members and the public were obtained in the following years. With financial assistance from the Western Australian Government a museum building was erected at the Association's Memorial Estate in the Perth suburb of Bull Creek. The museum building was officially opened in November 1979. In order to house the Avro Lancaster and Douglas Dakota the Association raised funds and erected a second museum building that was opened in December 1983. Since then many smaller buildings have been added, including a 48,000 book library, photo lab, workshop, model repair shop and technical library.[1][2]

GalleryEdit

DisplaysEdit

The following exhibits are on static display in the museum:[1]

AircraftEdit

Aircraft replicasEdit

EnginesEdit

The museum specimen of the R-3350 is the no. 1 engine from a C-121G Super Constellation from NASA, registration N421NA. This Constellation flew between Geraldton and the Carnarvon satellite tracking station in support of the Apollo space program.

ArtefactsEdit

  • Remains from the NASA Skylab. These were found in Western Australia, after Skylab's re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere in 1979.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Aviation Heritage Museum, retrieved 30 March 2011
  2. ^ Bull Creek (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 25 February 2011, retrieved 2011-03-30

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