HIGHLAND AVIATION MUSEUM
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
The Austarlian War Memorial in Canberra is not strictly a museum since it is designed as a memorial the the country's troops lost in various conflicts since WWI. However in telling the story of the battles in which the Australian services have been involved a number of artefacts both big and small have been put on display, quite impressively in many cases. This includes a number of aircraft many of which appear to be in original condition. The lighting is a bit subdued but here is a selection of what I saw in October 2018.
Moorabbin is the site of the Austalian National Aviation Museum which we visited in October 2018. It is the oldest volunteer run aviation museum in Australia. The museum has over 50 aircraft although many are in store or under restoration and only around half were on display, some inside, including the impressive Beaughfighter, and some outdoors. There are also other displays and artefacts including a fuel tank possibly from Von Richtofen's crashed Fokker Triplane.
Point Cook is home to the RAAF museum and is situated a little outside of Melbourne. It is free to enter although you need to pass gate security as the museum is on a live base. During our October 2018 visit some maintenance was under way so ibits were on view but there were still some well restored exhibits on display.
This is a small museum just outside Inverness airport. They only have three full size airframes and a fusleage section of a Nimrod although the general policy is to have the exhibits open to the public so when we visisted in June 2019 I was able to sit in the Tornado and Hunter and the Nimrod was open with all of its SAR type gear still in situ so you can 'play' with the dials and switches if desired!. There are also a few artefacts, models etc in a small admin building. Not worth a special trip but if you are in the area the place is an interesting diversion for an hour or two.
IN REACH OF THE SKIES