When: Saturday, 22 September 2018
Where: Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra Airport
Come along for a very special event at Queensland Air Museum. The Australian Military Aircraft Display will feature the Lockheed Neptune, Lockheed Ventura, and the De Haviland Caribou.
Each of these aircraft have been lovingly restored by the QAM Restoration and Conservation teams and each of them have played important roles in Australia’s defence and coastal surveillance.
Both the Neptune and Ventura were primarily designed as surveillance aircraft and were affectionally known as the “Sub-hunters” for their capacity to detect enemy submarines. Both aircraft have interesting stories on their way to becoming QAM displays. The Neptune was recovered from Mareeba, was dis-assembled by 12 QAM volunteers in February 2016, transported to Caloundra on 6 trucks, and re-assembled over a period of 2 years. The Ventura, a WW2 aircraft, was recovered in 1991 as a wrecked fuselage where it had been used to store pig and chicken food on a farm. In very poor condition and missing wings, tail, engines and all internal components, the restoration was a much greater challenge and has been underway for almost 3 decades! That’s the type of dedication only QAM volunteers can provide.
The DHC-4 Caribou is very fortunate indeed to end up at QAM having been involved in 3 near-death crashes whist serving in Vietnam, this aircraft has many, many stories to tell.
Visitors to QAM will have the opportunity to climb inside these historically significant aircraft and hear the stories of their service.
In addition, all QAM’s other displays will be available for visitors to enjoy. QAM is located at 7 Pathfinder Dr, Caloundra West.