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Aero Engine Run Day @ Queensland Air Museum

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Feel the force of history firing up once again
Get ready to feel the force of a 1500 horsepower, 14 cylinder radial engine power up in front of your eyes at the next Aero Engine Run Day at the Queensland Air Museum.

Turning it on at the Aero Engine Run Day
Turning it on at the Aero Engine Run Day

The museum, based at Caloundra Airport, is hosting its next big open day on Saturday, September 29. This isn't just any trip to the museum's massive collection of aerial history, this is a chance to see some of these former war machines fire up.

They will be showing off its collection of historical operational aircraft engines in a special display of aviation horsepower. Aircraft powering up on the day include:

CAC Wirraway aircraft fitted with a Pratt & Whitney R-1340, 9 cylinder radial engine.
Pratt & Whitney R-2000 from a Caribou aircraft, 14 cylinder radial engine, mounted on a purpose built test truck and fitted with a club propeller.
Franklin 6V4C from a helicopter, 6 cylinder horizontally opposed vertical engine.

There will be a sausage sizzle running all day. Coffee, tea and cold drinks will also be available. When the show is over, feel free to browse the museum's regular display of more than 50 aircraft and aviation memorabilia, each with its own unique history, including the Swearingen SA226-TC, the Cessna 336 Skymaster VH-CMY and the G.A.F. Canberra MK 20.

Feel the force
Feel the force

If you can't make it in September, fear not. Subsequent Aero Engine Run Days are currently scheduled for January 12, 2013 and April 6, 2013. If you like what you see, be sure to come back for the annual Open Cockpit Weekend on June 29-30, 2013.

Aerial shot of the Queensland Air Museum
Aerial shot of the Queensland Air Museum

The museum is a must see and do on the Sunshine Coast. It's a great day out for a young family, a history buff and anyone with an interest in flying the skies. The museum doesn't attract more than 12,000 visitors a year for nothing.
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Why? See historical aircraft in action, browse the museum when you're done
When: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Phone: 07 5492 5930
Where: 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra, Queensland
Cost: Child $7. Concession $9. Adult $12. Family (2 adults, 3 children) $26.
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