Queensland Air Museum
What does QAM do?
Home to nearly 100 aircraft, Queensland Air Museum has developed into Australia’s largest and most diverse aviation museum, with a focus on Australian Aviation history. This has been achieved through acquisitions and restoration of historically significant aircraft.
The QAM offering is unique; there are not many museums that allow visitors to get up this close and personal to displays. The museum has many significant aircraft including the F-111, and also has a display dedicated to the WW2 Pathfinder Force that was led by Air Vice-Marshal Don Bennett, a Queenslander.
What activities can QAM offer?
QAM provides a great venue for Cadets to learn the history of aviation in Australia. QAM is open to considering any request for a visit providing timing can be mutually agreed. The activity is open to negotiation, but will generally include some or all of the following:
- Guided tours of some of the aircraft exhibits.
- Presentations on how the aircraft are restored and presented for display.
- Overview of the role that the WW2 Bomber Command Pathfinders Force and its commander (Australian) AVM Don Bennett played in the air war in WW2.
- Potentially personal recollections by some of the volunteer staff at the QAM about their own experiences in Aviation.
QAM is located at Caloundra and so is potentially accessible by Cadet units in SE Queensland.
A QAM arranged volunteer could potentially visit a cadet unit in the Brisbane/Caloundra area.
QAM hold ‘open cockpit’ days when certain aircraft are opened up for inspection and the chance to sit inside the cockpit.