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Aviation Heritage Museum

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Published September 10th 2013
Fly into the past
This little known museum is situated in the Air Force Memorial Estate on Bull Creek Drive, just off Leach Highway in Bull Creek. If you know an aeroplane enthusiast or a history junkie, this is the perfect place to take them for a look around.

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Magnificent machines on display

You know you have arrived at the right place when you spot a model of a Spitfire hovering above, welcoming you near the entrance of the museum. As you enter through the small doors, you will be pleasantly surprised by the impressive display inside.

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This aviation museum houses 28 planes, thousands of model aircraft and thousands more pieces of memorabilia which are of historical significance to Australian aviation.

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Inside the museum

Artefacts adorn every nook and cranny of this double pavilion museum and you could easily spend a few hours here without even realising it. For those who prefer, there are dedicated guides on hand to give you a tour or just to answer any questions that you may have.

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Models on display

There are also interactive displays to keep the young and the young at heart entertained. There are 3 or 4 planes that you can climb into and others where you can walk up the ladder to peer inside. The transmitter from Jandakot airport is usually turned on for you to listen to some real life airport communication and there are DVDs running to provide more information as well as other buttons to push and levers to pull sprinkled throughout the museum.

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Take a closer look

The planes on display in the north wing of the museum include a real MK 22 Spitfire, a 'de Havilland' Tiger Moth, the 'de Havilland' Vampire and a magnificently maintained Lancaster – which is only one of two in Australia.

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The Lancaster

In the south wing there is a huge and meticulously restored Catalina Flying Boat which was used in the US Navy Patrol and Horrie Miller's CAC Wackett which is of significance in WA's aviation history.

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Catalina Flying Boat

The display goes another step higher via an elevated walkway. From the angle presented from the raised platform you can get a bird's eye view of the whole museum and truly appreciate the size, power and magnificence of the planes below you.

On your way out take the time to visit the gift shop which has a range of models, books and lots more to satisfy the plane buff in your family.

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Take a look around the gift shop

Totally staffed and run by volunteers, this well preserved display of aeronautical history should definitely be put onto your to do list.

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Why? Take a look at the amazing aeronautics on display
When: 10am - 4pm daily (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and New Years Day
Phone: 9311 4470
Where: Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek, WA
Cost: Adults $10, Children $5, Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $25, Students and Pensioners $7.50
Your Comment
Great displays. Are they all models, or are there some originals as well?
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12558) 2394 days ago
This is a fabulous museum - I visited it in 2012 - the staff are brilliant!!
by jukej (score: 1|26) 2389 days ago
Heading over there in a few weeks, so will go for a look-son is in the Aviation Air League in Adelaide, so he will love it -I lived in Perth for a few yrs and didn't know about this place, so cheers :-)
by beasy (score: 1|50) 2076 days ago
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