It's not hard to find. As you enter the airport from Grange Road you pass over a slight rise in the road and there on your right you will notice two very large aeroplanes, a Vickers Viscount and a Bristol Freighter.
The Bristol Freighter is the first aircraft you see.
The Viscount was donated to the museum by TAA (Trans Australian Airlines) and before them, it was operated by Cubana, Cuba's national airline. It is believed that on occasions it acted as the personal transport for Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro.
Pride of place in the collection is the Australian built Beaufighter, built at Fisherman's bend in Melbourne during World War Two and saw service with the Royal Australian Air Force. The Beaufighter is the reason the ANAM exists. In 1962 it was used as a playground item at the Lord Mayors Children's Camp at Portsea and about to be scrapped as it had been damaged to extent of becoming dangerous to play in.
The Beaufighter at Portsea just before acquisition.
The Australian Aircraft Restoration Group (AARG) was hastily constituted in 1962 and saved the aircraft from the scrapyard. In 1965, the AARG opened the Moorabbin Air Museum at Moorabbin Airport and now operates as the ANAM.
The Beaufighter in pristine condition with engines capable of running.
Man's first powered flight is credited to the Wright Brothers in 1903. Man would have flown much earlier if suitable engines were available, an engine being an integral part of achieving powered flight. The ANAM has an extensive collection of aero engines, ranging from a 1914 V8 to many jet engines, including a Jumo jet engine from Germany of WW2 vintage.
The Percival Proctor is a direct development of the Percival Gull series of aircraft designed by an Australian, Edgar Percival. Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and New Zealander Jean Batten made many record breaking flights in a Gull in the 1930s. Author Neville Shute owned a Proctor which in the1950s was based at Moorabbin Airport.
Many of the museum's collection are aircraft built in Australia, not necessary Australian designed. The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Sabre was an American design modified for Australian use and served with the Royal Australian Air Force as its front line fighter in the 1950s, before being superseded by the French designed Mirage, built in Melbourne by the Government Aircraft Factory in Melbourne.