Martin our illustrious club president arranged a club visit to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook. The day began with 7 club members meeting at Michels Patisserie just a few minutes up the road from the museum. The weather was perfect with a sunny 23 degrees and after a Banana Smoothie and an Aussie meat pie we were off for a fun day.
After parking the car our first sighting of an aircraft was that of an outdoor display of a DHC- 4 Caribou, with a nicely weathered exterior and perhaps a future modeling project in the making. The entry to the museum was via the front entry (funny that) which was actually the gift shop. We were greeted by a gentleman who took us through the visitors guide and pointed us in the right direction to being our experience.
Our first stop was an area that covered the RAAF early history with exhibits enclosed in glass cabinets with some terrific memorabilia and artifacts. As we moved through the exhibits we next came to areas covering the major wars, and after that it was onto the main display hangers.
The first hanger otherwise known as the ‘Training Hanger’ included the following:
- Maurice Farman Shorthorn (20)
- Avro 504K
- DH82a Tiger Moth
- Macchi MB 326H
- de Havilland Vampire T Mk35
- CAC Winjeel
- CT4A Airtrainer
Then onto the ‘Technology Hanger’ which included:
- SE 5a
- Supermarine Seagull V/Walrus
- de Havilland Vampire F-30
- Bell UH-1B Iroquois
- Douglas A-20C Boston
- Mirage III0
- Various missiles and armaments
The next hanger was called ‘Display Hanger 180’ and included:
- Hawker Demon
- Avro 643 MkII Cadet
- CAC CA26 Avon Sabre
- GAF Pika
- GAF Jindivik
- Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina – hull
- De Havilland DH-84 Dragon
- CAC CA-12 Bomerang
- Cessna O-1G Bird Dog
- Fire Appliances
- Sikorsky S-51 Dragonfly
- Dell UH-1H Iroquois
The next hanger was ‘Strike / Recce Hanger 178’ which included:
- McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom
- General Dynamics F-111G
- GAF Canberra MK20
The final hanger was the ‘Restoration Hanger 187’ where we could see a few projects on the go including:
- De Havilland Mosquito
We all had such a great day and can highly recommend going along for a visit or even for a club field trip. From the moment you access the base and enter the hangers, I can guarantee that you will be impressed and satisfied that you took the time to make the trip. The layout and display hangers are real quality and have been put together with the visitors in mind. There is something for everyone, and as I have visited some of the best military museums in Australia and NZ, I can honestly say that this one is right up there with them – highly recommended.
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