Go beyond the model airplane. This place is definitely for fans of big boys' toys.
The Classic Jet Fighter Museum has an amazing collection of RAAF and RAN jets which were built between 1950 and 1980. They have been gathered from near and far and for jet aircraft fanatics, seeing them all in the one place is a dream come true.
It started out with friends and fellow jet enthusiasts restoring planes as a hobby and has expanded into an array rich in aviation history.
Just before they opened the hangar doors in May 1996, museum director Bob Jarrett went to Papua New Guinea to secure examples of WWII fighter planes.
In 1997, the relics of a United States Army Air Force P40 Curtiss Kittyhawk, The Carolina Belle, arrived and became the basis of the museum's first Pacific War exhibition. It had been buried for over 50 years and on its portside are 10 Japanese flags signifying the victories of dual ace fighter pilot, Captain Ernie Harris. The aircraft is on display in a jungle setting.
Also on display are an Avon Sabre A94-974, a F8 Gloster Meteor A77-867, a DH Sea Venom WZ-939, a DH Vampire T35, a Mirage III A3-16 and a Pacific War P-38 Lightning which is undergoing restoration. It also came from New Guinea and had crashed just north of Madang. The Americans stripped it for parts to keep other aircraft flying during the war and it came to Australia in 1999. There are only a few remaining in the world and the P-38 is the most sought-after aircraft from WWII. They estimate another three years of work will have it looking like new again.
Apart from the aircraft, there is plenty of other related information, memorabilia and paraphernalia from WWII to marvel at.
The wonderful volunteers who do meticulous and faithful restorations are happy to impart their knowledge and answer questions. They know such details as the Sabre jets used by Australia in Korea and Malaya had elongated noses as opposed to the American variety which had a circular nose, among many other interesting facts.
Parafield Airport, 20 minutes north of Adelaide.
Classic Jets Fighter Museum entry costs $5.50 for adults and $2.20 for children. They open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. They open every day during school holidays. Other times can be arranged by appointment.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Classic Jets Fighter Museum
Hangar 52, Anderson Drive
Ph: (08) 8258 2277
Fax: (08) 8258 firstname.lastname@example.org