Saturday, November 3, 2012

FOCUS ON: The Mackay Tiger Moth Museum at Mackay Airport

If you are looking for a special gift for someone, why not get them something they will remember for a lifetime.

The Mackay Tiger Moth Museum is a volunteer organisation run by a small group of aviation enthusiasts that offers local joyflights to the public on the weekends.  The aim of the museum is to preserve for as long as possible, in flying condition, a vintage DH-82A Tiger Moth, for the enjoyment and education of the general public.

Joy Flights are available to the general public. You can enjoy the complete freedom of open cockpit flying in this rare vintage aircraft and see the the beauty of Mackay's sandy beaches, islands, the Pioneer Valley and the City of Mackay.

The Museum current flys two vintage Tiger Moth aircraft.  The first is 1943-built De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, registered VH-IVN, which was built in Cowley in England as a training aircraft for the RAF. The Museum painted the Tiger a bright yellow colour being the base colour used by the RAAF on their training Tiger Moths during the Second World War.

In January 2000, the Tiger Moth Museum adopted the RAAF markings A17-302 of a Tiger Moth which was flown by a Mackay flying instructor Sqn Ldr Fred Christensen.  It was also christened the "City of Mackay" by Mayor Cr. Julie Boyd to reinforce its local identity as a community owned aircraft operated by a group of volunteers.

In November 2010, the Museum purchased a second Tiger Moth - 1942-build DH-82A registered VH-CYA.  It arrived into Mackay from Luskintyre in May 2011.  It was christened “David and Irie Dalrymple” by David and Irie Dalrymple on in July 2011.  VH-CYA was built to order for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as A17-551.

The museum operates their Tiger Moths out of Mackay Airport, in front of their new hangar beside the Mackay Aero Club, on Casey Avenue, Mackay.

20, 30, and 60 minute joyflights and gift vouchers are available  Bookings can be made through Whitsunday Office Machines on 4998 5677, or, afterhours on 0427 165 796.

Full details are available on the museum's website - HERE.

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