Lloyd Marken is a freelance writer with a passion for the arts who has been published with Scenestr, Heavy, Buzz, X-Press, FilmInk and Weekend Notes. Visit my blog at https://backtothedrawingboardproductions.com/
Published January 11th 2021
Soaring aviation exhibit at Oakey
Photos: Lloyd Marken - Inside the Australian Army Flying Museum at Oakey
Located a 2-hour drive from Brisbane, the Australian Army Flying Museum in Oakey houses a variety of military aircraft, charting the history of aviation through its early years right up to the present day.
The first military aircraft to fly in Australia was the Bristol Boxkite, an example of which greets you as you enter the hangar full of machines.
As you make your way around the hangar, early Australian Flying Corps planes give way to helicopters and short take-off and landing aircraft. These machines served in the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, and the Australian Army throughout the 20th century and beyond.
Of particular note is the extraordinary sight of a 10 tonne and 30-metre-long CH-47 Chinook in the centre of the hangar. Visitors can enter and walk through the large cargo/passenger compartment which carries over 50 soldiers.
As impressive as it is to see some of the more famous aircraft, every display has a story.
It is not just through the prism of war that Australian military aircraft and their people have served – although it is there that many paid the ultimate sacrifice.
It is also through humanitarian operations and peacekeeping missions to places Bougainvillea, Egypt, and Banda Aceh.
The Australian Army Flying Museum is a living breathing work in progress, that continues to tell the stories of these magnificent aircraft and the venerable people who helped them take flight in service to others.
That's my kind of museum Lloyd. The aircraft that took off without a pilot happened on a week-end. The story has it that the Air Force was asked to shoot it down but the officer with the key to the ammunition supply was on week end leave and the Royal Australian Navy aircraft did the job. Nice article.