AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
HIGHLAND AVIATION MUSEUM
FLYING HERITAGE AND COMBAT ARMOUR MUSEUM
SEATTLE MUSEUM OF FLIGHT
EVERGREEN AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
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.
This is the late Paul Allen's museum at Paine Field, a little north of Seattle.. Most of the collection is airworthy and flown although there are a couple of airframes considered too rare to risk taking to the skies. The flying aircraft include a Sturmovik and one of the few Mosquitos currently airworthy along with an Me 109E. All of the aircraft have a potted history and are not too tightly packed together. As the name supplies the museum also includes a number of tanks and similar vehicles many of which are run on special days. Certianly worth a visit as I saw in September 2019.
The Museum of Flight is a big museum. You will easily need a whole day there to get the most out of all exhibits and I have already posted a number of pictures in my blog here, here, here and here. Several aircraft were open to the public when we visited, there is ample parking and a reasonable canteen. The exhibits all have info boards with detail of the individual aircraft and once the revamp is finished there will be a bigger space exploration exhibition as well - meaning that you will need even more time! We had a half chance of visiting 7 years ago but I am glad that we missed out then as our September 2019 visit gave us more time to enjoy the place to the full. Highly recommended.
The Evergreen Museum is in Oregon a little SW of Portland. It is a fairly substantial museum with two main display hangars, including a large space exploration area, and further aircraft outside. The claim to fame of the museum is that it is the home to Howard Hughes enormous flying boat 'Spruce Goose' which is a pretty impressive exhibit and dwarfs many other displays. The museum is easy tp spot off the main freeway and has the expected facilities including a little cafe area. It is well lit although the window framing can cast unwanted shadows. We visited in September 2019
IN REACH OF THE SKIES