Air Force has a proud heritage. Established in 1921, the Royal Australian Air Force is the second-oldest independent air force in the world. Air Force's regional Heritage Centre displays are designed to professionally display aircraft and objects that highlight the history of the RAAF, and to celebrate the links between each base and the local community.
RAAF Heritage Centres are managed by a committee of Air Force and community members. The Heritage Centres are staffed by volunteers from the local community, some of whom are retired RAAF members.
RAAF Base Wagga
Wagga Wagga NSW 2651
Switchboard: 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 3623)
Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
10am to 4pm.
Entry is free.
In addition to the Heritage Centre, RAAF Base Wagga has a display of static aircraft at the front gate which can be viewed at any time. In May 2011, a two-week refurbishment program was carried out on two of the aircraft, to improve their condition for the next 10 to 15 years. Air Force plans to refurbish the rest of the display aircraft in the near future.
Currently a Canberra bomber, Meteor jet, Mirage and Sabre fighters and a Winjeel trainer may be seen on display.
RAAF Base Amberley
South Amberley Road
Amberley QLD 4306
Phone Number: (07) 5361 1245
Open on the third Sunday of each month.
9am to 3pm
Entry is free.
Stage 1 of the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre was formally opened on 5 June 2011. Currently up to eight aircraft, including a WWII Boston, Vietnam-era Caribou and Canberra, Mirage and Sabre fighters, Iroquois (Huey) and Sioux helicopters, and an iconic F-111C may be seen on display in two hangars and complemented by smaller artefacts in display cases. Volunteers at the Heritage Centre also undertake refurbishment of aircraft.
Community and school group tours are available for groups of ten or more people by prior arrangement, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am and 3pm.
To reach RAAF Base Amberley from Brisbane, follow the Centenary Highway to Yamanto, then the Cunningham Highway. Follow the signs to the base and then the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre carpark. Shuttle buses will depart the carpark about every 20 minutes.
You may also be interested in the RAAF Museum at Point Cook, Victoria.
The Office of Air Force History is the source of authoritative information on RAAF history and is the historical analysis arm of the Air Power Development Centre.
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