Open Cockpit Weekend

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  • Location: Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland

Open Cockpit Weekend to be held at the Queensland Air Museum, 7 Pathfinder Caloundra (caloundra Aerodrome), on the 30th June & 1st of July 2007 between 10am & 4pm daily.

Get into the pilot seat of some of the Aircraft displayed at the Queensland Air Museum, during the 2007 Open Cockpit Weekend. Aircraft open for inspection may include Canberra,Sea Vixen cockpit Hunter Winjeel & Dc3, there will also be other heritage & Aviation groups on display. 

For further information call 07-5492-5030 between 10am & 4pm or visit our web site

Spitfire pilot's-eye view

A pilot's-eye view from the cockpit of a MK V Supermarine Spitfire is an opportunity not to be missed during the Queensland Air Museum Open Cockpit weekend at Caloundra Airport on the Sunshine Coast from June 30 to July 1.

The Spitfire, with the markings of 79 Squadron (RAAF) based at Kiriwina, South Pacific, in late 1943, is conservatively valued at $250,000 and very few opportunities arise to sit in its cockpit.

Museum spokesperson James Wing said the Spitfire was one of the most recognised fighter aircraft in history and famous for its heroics during the Battle of Britain. (The RAAF had 656 Spitfires on charge during WWII)

"Because of the historical significance of the Spitfire, and how valuable they are today, there are very few opportunities to get this close and actually sit inside the cockpit for a unique pilot's perspective," Mr Wing said.

The escape pod of a Royal Australian Airforce F-111 supersonic long-range strike aircraft from No 23 Squadron at Amberley will also be a special exhibit. The two-man pilot and navigator canopy was on display at the Australian International Air Show during March at Avalon Airport near Melbourne.

Mr Strong said the open cockpit weekend was held only once during the year with the canopies slid back and the cabin doors opened on some of the 30 aircraft on display at the museum. These included bombers, helicopters and Australia's oldest DC3, and the nose section and cockpit pod of a De Havilland Sea Vixen, a two-man carrier-based jet fighter operated by the Royal Navy from 1957 to 1972.

Opening times are 10am to 4pm daily. Admission charges: Adults $8, children $5, concession $6 and family tickets for two adults and three children $19. There will be an additional charge to sit in the Spitfire, which is also subject to weight and size restrictions due to the narrowness of the cockpit.

A children's activity centre, face painting and a small roller coaster will also be operating during the weekend (extra cost will apply to these activities). Other displays will include RFDS, Sunshine Coast Model Flyers, Macarthur Museum & Landsborough Museum.

For further information phone (07) 5492 5930


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Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra, Not Assigned

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