The SA Aviation Museum at Port Adelaide is a very popular family attraction at any time with many restored aircraft to view, rockets from Woomera and a load of static displays containing photos, models and aircraft equipment.
Climb the aircraft stairs to the interior of the DC-3 Dakota and see inside the former VIP aircraft that has flown such dignitaries as Ben Chifley, Sir Robert Menzies, Sir Douglas Mawson, and Sir William Slim. You can peek into the cockpit and see the navigator's seat where the journeys were plotted.
Dedicated volunteers have put in huge amounts of time to renovate the planes on display, and the result of their labours is truly awesome. Each plane is carefully described with specifications and snippets of history about how they were used in days gone by.
One of my favourites is the Sea Venom fighter/bomber that operated from the carrier HMAS Melbourne until 1967. Although the fuselage is built up from layers of balsa wood and plywood, the wings and tail booms are made of aluminium. Imagine flying in that at up to 900 km/hour!
Every one of the aircraft here has a story to tell, from the WW2 Spitfire that crashed off Papua New Guinea in 1943, to the Canberra B2 that started life with the RAF in 1955 and then ended its service life in 1970 with the RAAF in Edinburgh.
So don't miss the opportunity to get up close with these fantastic pieces of our aviation history and visit the SA Aviation Museum. It's a tad more expensive to visit on the Cockpit Open Day, but you will definitely think it worthwhile.
I was here a couple of weeks ago, wow - what a great museum! I would never have thought I could enjoy a museum about planes, but this place is a true hidden gem. So clean too - was seriously impressed!
I have been to this before and it was really enjoyable despite the fact that I do not have that much interest in airplanes. I ended spending a long part of a day here - more than I expected. There were heaps of children when I went and they were all having a blast