Airways Museum Open Day 2017
Open Day poster

The Department's Fleet of Aircraft 1921-1998
is the theme of a new photographic exhibition to be unveiled at the 2017 Open Day at the Airways Museum on Saturday 18 November 2017. The exhibition will be on display for one year.

The Department of Civil Aviation, its predecessors and successors, has operated or owned more than 75 aircraft of more than 30 types since its formation in 1921. These aircraft have had a varitey of roles in the Department's business, from early surveys of air routes for aerodrome sites, to loan machines to support flying training in aero clubs, to sophisticated flying laboratories for keeping Australia's network of navigation aids in first class condition. This new exhibition highlights these varying roles and the aircraft that performed them.

Programme of activities:

The Museum will be Open 10am-5pm

Time Event

10.30 am

12.00 noon

1.30 pm

3.00 pm

Phil Vabre: The Pre-war Years

Geoff Goodall: DCA Aircraft 1945-1960: DC-3s to Aero Commanders

Captain Brian Surtees: The Departmental Flying Unit

Captain Brian Surtees: Flying Unit Special Operations

Other times

Departmental aircraft-related films running in the theatrette and display areas

Note: There is limited seating available for the guest speakers.


Entry to the Museum is by gold coin donation. Free tea and coffee is available throughout the day.



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