Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pictures from the Qantas Founders Outback Museum at Longreach Airport

As mentioned on the Blog in September, The Qantas Foundation Memorial (QFM), which operates the Qantas Founders Outback Museum at Longreach Airport in Central Western Queensland, has finally taken delivery of its Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina, VH-EAX.

Paul D and Andrew B both recently sent through some photos from Longreach of the Catalina, which has now been retired as an exhibit at the Qantas Founders Outback Museum. It will be restored to original camouflage colours and will illustrate the role Qantas pilots played during World War II, and also reveal the details of the rare and secret Order of the Double Sunrise.

The Catalina joins several other aircraft that Qantas has operated, that the Museum has been steadily obtaining. We thank Paul D and Andrew B for their pictures of these fantastic aircraft.

Boeing B707-138, VH-XBA (which is ex-Qantas VH-EBA).

Boeing B747-238B, VH-EBQ.

Douglas DC-3, VH-EAP (which is its original Qantas registration, and is ex-VH-BPL)

As well as replicas of a De Havilland DH.50 Iris and De Havilland DH.61 Giant Moth "Apollo", and Avro 504.

The Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach is devoted to telling the story of Q.A.N.T.A.S. and the struggles that Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness endured to build the second registered airline in the world. The Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services LTD. was formed on the 16th November 1920 in Winton but the next year relocated to Longreach. Built around the original 1922 national heritage hangar, the museum blends historical artifacts and multimedia displays for all ages to enjoy.

The Qantas Founders Museum is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm (except Christmas Day). Come and see the museum housed in the air-conditioned main exhibition hall, in contrast wander into the original Q.A.N.T.A.S hangar to discover what it was like in the 1920s. Enjoy the McGinness cafe as well as the Founders gift store where you can purchase souvenirs, clothing, jewellery, books and Qantas memorabilia.

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