• 10.00am Arrival of Australian Army Kiowa helicopters
• 10.30am 40th Birthday cake cutting Ceremony
Launch of QAM’s book Forty Years On… Queensland Air Museum Major Collections by the Hon. Mark McArdle
At 10.00am, on Saturday 5th of July 2014 two Australian Army Kiowa’s will arrive at the Queensland Air Museum, as part of the kick-off of Open Cockpit Weekend 2014.
This is a spectacular start to a fun filled weekend at the Museum.
Helping QAM celebrate our 40th Birthday, at 10.30am with a cake cutting ceremony, will be our special guests:
• Hon. Mal Brough MP, Federal Member for Fisher
• Hon. Mark McArdle MP, Minister for Energy & Water Supply
• Mayor Mark Jamieson, Sunshine Coast Council
• Councillor Rick Baberowski Division 1, Sunshine Coast Council
• Councillor Stephen Robinson Division 9, Sunshine Coast Council
A 40th anniversary cake will be cut, made in the shape of Aircraft Number 1 for QAM – the Canberra bomber.
General information on QAM Open Cockpit Weekend 2014
Anyone who ever dreamed of piloting a plane can indulge their passion at the Queensland Air Museum’s 40TH anniversary Open Cockpit Weekend on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014.
Cockpits of selected aircraft will be open for visitors to get up close and personal with some of the world’s greatest flying machines, including the legendary F-111.
Cameron Elmes, President of the QAM said: “each year QAM visitors have the opportunity to sit in an F-111 pilot’s seat or inside the cabin of an airline”
Visitors will enjoy a display of over 60 aircraft ranging from magnificent World War I flying machines to jet fighters. The DC3 used by General Douglas MacArthur while he was stationed in Australia to plan his campaign against Japanese forces is among the museum’s most popular exhibits.
‘In our mission to preserve Australia’s civilian and military aviation heritage we aim to acquire aircraft representative of our history, but having an all-volunteer organization means we rely on modest entry fees and donations to grow our collection.’
At Open Cockpit Weekends we try to have something of interest for everyone, including children, since they represent the future of Australian aviation,’ Mr Elmes added.
‘In addition to aircraft displays, aviation memorabilia and historical items there will be skydiving with a giant Australian flag by the Sunshine Coast Skydivers. Also an antique aircraft flight line display, F-111 cockpit open plus
lots of other cockpits and cabins, aero engine running, classic cars, world war 2 jeep rides, food stalls with hot food, sandwiches, ice cream, coffee and fantastic raffle prizes and aircraft joy flights available” The Open Cockpit Weekend will be held on Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th July 2014.
Open hours are between 9 a.m. and 4p.m. daily. (People unable to attend the Open Cockpit Weekend can visit the museum during those hours every day except Christmas day.) Entry fees go toward running the museum, maintaining its exhibits and acquiring new aircraft. The QAM has no paid staff.
Celebrating Queensland Air Museum’s 40th Birthday 2014 Open Cockpit Weekend 5-6 July 2014
Queensland Air Museum, 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra
5th and 6th of July 2014
10am Arrival of Australian Army Kiowa Helicopters, 10.30am 40th birthday cake cutting ceremony.
Entry fees go towards running the museum, maintaining it's exhibits and acquiring new aircraft. The QAM has no paid staff.
Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra
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