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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)