kids encyclopedia robot

Aviation Heritage Museum (Western Australia) facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Aviation Heritage Museum
Established 17 November 1979
Location Bull Creek, Western Australia
Type Aviation museum

The Aviation Heritage Museum is a museum created and maintained by the RAAF Association of Western Australia. It houses a large number of military and civilian aircraft, aircraft replicas and aircraft engines, of types that have served in the Royal Australian Air Force or have relevance to aviation in Western Australia. It is located in the suburb of Bull Creek in Perth, Western Australia.

History

The Western Australian Division of the RAAF Association acquired a Mark 22 Supermarine Spitfire from England in 1959 and erected it on a pole outside the Association's Headquarters in Perth. On 1 December 1962 the Association acquired an Avro Lancaster from the French. Many other exhibits of interest to Association members and the public were obtained in the following years. With financial assistance from the Western Australian Government a museum building was erected at the Association's Memorial Estate in the Perth suburb of Bull Creek. The museum building was officially opened in November 1979. In order to house the Avro Lancaster and Douglas Dakota the Association raised funds and erected a second museum building that was opened in December 1983. Since then many smaller buildings have been added, including a 48,000 book library, photo lab, workshop, model repair shop and technical library.

Gallery

Displays

The following exhibits are on static display in the museum:

Aircraft

Aircraft replicas

Engines

  • Armstrong Siddeley Genet Major
  • Armstrong Siddeley Genet Minor
  • Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah
  • Blackburne Tomtit
  • Blackburn Cirrus
  • Pratt & Whitney Wasp
  • Rolls-Royce Avon
  • Rolls-Royce Dart
  • Rolls-Royce Derwent
  • Rolls-Royce Griffon
  • Rolls-Royce Merlin
  • Sunbeam DYAK 1 (First Qantas engine)
  • Wright Whirlwind
  • Wright Cyclone
  • Wright R-3350
  • Armstrong Siddeley Mamba
  • Rolls-Royce Nene
  • Rolls-Royce Viper
  • Turbomeca Turmo

The museum specimen of the R-3350 is the no. 1 engine from a C-121G Super Constellation from NASA, registration N421NA. This Constellation flew between Geraldton and the Carnarvon satellite tracking station in support of the Apollo space program.

Artefacts

  • Remains from the NASA Skylab. These were found in Western Australia, after Skylab's re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere in 1979.
kids search engine
Aviation Heritage Museum (Western Australia) Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.