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Published October 23rd 2013
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Ex-Navy Westland Wessex 31B Helicopter

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.

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RAAF Douglas C-47B Dakota

There are some extra reasons to visit on the Museum's Open Cockpit and Aircraft Engine Run Day.

Just for the one day there will be a range of extra activities on offer:
sit in the cockpits of selected aircraft
see and hear the awesome power of an aircraft engine as it starts
test your skills in a flight simulator
helicopter joy flights (subject to weather and approvals)

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Climb Aboard The DC-3 Dakota

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.

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The Douglas Dakota Cockpit

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.

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Sea Venom Fighter/Bomber

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.

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RAAF Supermarine Spitfire

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.

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The SAAM Hangar

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Why? Kids of all ages love aircraft, and playing with a plane's controls is absolutely awesome.
When: 10.30am - 4.30pm Every day
Phone: (08) 8240 1230
Where: 66 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Cost: Adults $12, Children (under16) $6, Family (2 adults, 3 children) $30
Your Comment
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!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3642) 2666 days ago
Nice one, Dave.
I didn't know this existed.....will have to take my nephew along...
by James Newcombe (score: 2|359) 2580 days ago
It is even better now with the delivery of a RAAF F-111 so compliment the already extensive range of aircraft. The staff doen there are simply the best and will always have a chat with you
by bilby (score: 1|26) 2586 days ago
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
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 3009 days ago
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