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Published February 9th 2010
Interested in being a pilot? Try a cockpit on for size at the Caboolture Warplane Museum. Situated north of Brisbane, the Caboolture Warplane Museum houses working World War II aircraft and aviation engines, memorabilia and aviation displays and wartime exhibits.
As well as trying the cockpit on for size, visitors to the Caboolture Warplane Museum can practise flying skills in the flight simulator and learn how the engine of a plane works. The aeroplanes at Caboolture Warplane Museum have been restored and consist of P51D Mustang, CAC Wirraway, CAC Winjeel and Nieuport 17. The restored P51D Mustang is a former RAAF fighter plane combat veteran, which has been modified into a 2 seater to enable the plane to be used for joyflights.
Static displays at the Caboolture Warplane Museum include model aircraft and the history of Australian aviation and wartime history of Australia. Other displays at the museum feature information on aviation accidents, such as the 1937 Stinson rescue in Lamington National Park.
The Caboolture Warplane Museum is open daily from 9am to 3pm, entry is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children (5 - 14 years) and seniors or a family pass (2 adults & 2 children) can be purchased for $18.00.
For the truly adventurous, businesses surrounding the Caboolture Warplane Museum offer joyflights in aircraft from gliders to the P51D Mustang. Caboolture Recreational Aviation offer joyflights in a Nanchang CJ6A, a Chinese military aircraft used for training purposes. Mustang Flights provide joyflights from 10 minutes to 40 minutes duration and cost between $800 and $3,000. For quiet flyers, Brisbane Gliding Adventures offer a variety of joyflights in a motorglider costing between $125 and $400. If a trip back in time is more your style, try a tiger moth flight from Aero Dynamic Flight Academy.