Darwin Aviation Museum
|Location||Darwin, Northern Territory|
The Darwin Aviation Museum, previously known as the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, displays aircraft and aircraft engines of relevance to the Northern Territory and aviation in Australia generally. It is located in Darwin, Northern Territory.
The Museum's origins can be traced to 1976 when a group of enthusiasts sought to preserve aviation relics after the destruction of Cyclone Tracy. It was later broadened to include the documentation of World War II aircraft crash sites and the preservation of aviation relics related to the defence of Darwin during World War II. The original museum was first opened to the public in 1988. In the late 1980s, the Society negotiated with the United States Air Force and the Northern Territory Government to obtain a surplus USAF Boeing B-52G Strato-fortress bomber and to build a museum to house and display the aircraft. On 2 June 1990, the new Darwin Aviation Museum was officially opened.
The museum has on display a Boeing B-52G bomber. It is on permanent loan from the United States Air Force and is one of only three on public display in the world outside the US. There is also a bomb fragment dating from a WWII air raid on Darwin which visitors may handle.
Aircraft on display
- Auster J-5P Autocar
- Boeing B-52G Stratofortress "Darwin's Pride"
- CAC Sabre
- Bell AH-1G Cobra
- Dassault Mirage IIIO
- de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
- de Havilland Dove
- General Dynamics F-111C
- Hovey Delta Bird
- Mitsubishi MU-2
- Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 Zero
- North American B-25 Mitchell
- Rockwell Shrike Commander 500
- Rutan Long-EZ
- Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII (Replica)
- Westland Wessex
Aircraft engines on display
The following aircraft engines are also on static display:
- Allison J33
- Allison V-1710
- Bristol Centaurus
- Continental O-200
- de Havilland Gipsy Major Series 2
- de Havilland Gipsy Six Series II
- de Havilland Gipsy Queen Series 30
- de Havilland Gipsy Queen Series 70 Mk2
- Franklin 6V4
- Liberty L-12
- Nakajima Sakae 12
- Napier Gazelle
- Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp
- Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp
- Rolls-Royce Avon RA-6
- Rolls-Royce Derwent Mk 8
- Rolls-Royce Merlin XXIII
- Wright R-2600-13
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