New exhibit at Australian National Aviation Museum

July 14, 2018 by  

The Australian National Aviation Museum, at Moorabbin, recently acquired a new addition to its collection of over 30 aircraft, as RAAF Heritage donated a Canberra A84-226 that had previously been on display at the RAAF base at Wagga.

Volunteers from the museum travelled to Wagga over several weeks to dismantle the aircraft into transportable sized pieces. Over the weekend of June 17, two large trucks and a police escort were used to transport the fuselage and wings down to Melbourne in the early hours of the morning. Some of the journey was spotted by a news helicopter and footage of the huge pieces on the move was featured on both Channel 7 and Channel 9.

With the pieces now safely arrived at Moorabbin, members of the Australian Aircraft Restoration Group will begin the preparations to reassemble the aircraft for display.

The Canberra, a jet bomber, was built at the Government Aircraft Factory in Australia. The bombers were used by the RAAF from 1953 to 1982 and flew missions in both Malaya and Vietnam. Two RAAF Canberras took part in the 1953 England to New Zealand air race with one of them coming outright second.

The museum is situated at Moorabbin Airport and is open daily from 10:00 am. It has a shop where model kits, posters and promotional products can be purchased.