The Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra is the largest collection of its kind in Australia. It has 75 historic aircraft and some fascinating aviation-related displays.
Many of the acquisitions were in less than perfect condition when the museum took them on, so behind the scenes, scores of volunteers get together each week to restore and maintain important examples from our aviation history.
They also share the many stories associated with those aircraft, with visitors who wander through the various hangars.
The museum is open 7 days a week, but once a year it throws a very special event, hosting an Open Cockpit Weekend, so that visitors can climb aboard, and get their hands on the controls of more than 20 chosen planes.
It’s a thrill be to be able to climb into the pilot’s seat of an iconic decommissioned RAAF F-111, or sitting in the galley of the Douglas DC3passenger jet from yesteryear that once transported General Douglas MacArthur.
In 2018 the event falls on July 7 and 8, and there will be entertainment and a gift shop open, to add to the occasion. Family passes are available, and it is definitely an all-ages friendly event. In fact be prepared to live out a childhood fantasy.
Queensland Air Museum
7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra West
Open 7 days