QAM’s Open Cockpit Weekend 2012 will be held on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. This year we are “Celebrating the past and looking to our next 25 years on the Sunshine Coast” Participating this year are a number of local aviation organisations, businesses and services.
The Warbirds Sunshine Coast Yak-52 will perform an aerobatic display over the museum on the Saturday at 12pm.
The Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Rescue Service will be displaying their beach patrol and rescue Squirrel helicopter. (Times TBA)
VEHICLE RESCUE DISPLAY:
Qld Fire and Rescue Service will demonstrate their rescue equipment and techniques at 12.30pm daily
SUPPORTING DISPLAYS There will be supporting displays by organisations from all over SE Queensland. They include classic cars and motorcycles, Maleny Light Horse Troop, Warbird and helicopter joy flights, model trains, other museums and radio controlled aircraft.
OVER 50 AIRCRAFT ON DISPLAY
The cockpits of some of the world’s greatest flying machines will open to onlookers and aspiring pilots alike. Visitors will enjoy a display of over 50 aircraft ranging from magnificent World War I flying machines to jet fighters. The DC-3 used by General Douglas MacArthur while he was stationed in Australia is among the museum’s most popular exhibits.
Cliff Robinson, President of the QAM said, ‘Over the 35 year history of the QAM the thing visitors appreciate most is freedom to touch the aircraft. During the open cockpit weekend visitors can sit inside a cockpit and get a feel for the conditions pilots flew in. 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.’
The Open Cockpit Weekend will be held on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. Open hours are between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. People unable to attend the open cockpit weekend can visit the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except on Christmas day. Modest entry fees go toward running the museum, maintaining its exhibits and acquiring new aircraft. Guided tours are available, as are school, club and seniors excursions at concessional group rates. The QAM has no paid staff, and enquiries from intending volunteers are welcome.
Open Cockpit Weekend
Queensland Air Museum, 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra
Saturday 30th of June
9am to 4pm daily
Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra
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