Darwins Aviation Museum

Darwins Aviation Museum


🇦🇺🇺🇲This enormous B-52 nuclear bomber ("Darwin's Pride") at Darwins Aviation Museum is a stunning reminder of the strategic depth of US-Australia military coorperation over generations.

This is the only B-52 in the southern hemisphere and was gifted to the people of Darwin and Australia in recognition of the huge part the top end played in B-52 training and servicing during the Cold War, when they were one of the three key pillars of our strategic nuclear deterrance.

The historic AUKUS agreement signed by Scott Morrison (ScoMo) with the leaders of the US and UK deepens this vital strategic alliance further and enables Australia to utilise their advanced nuclear propulsion technology and a range of other military capability to keep Australia safe.

The world is more uncertain, chaotic and dangerous than it has been in the last 50 years.

But the Australia-America alliance is strong. Even in the bombing of Darwin, as many US personnel lost their lives as Australians.

This plane stands as a symbol of partnership we have fostered in good times and bad for a more peaceful region and a safer world. Long may it continue

Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize
Great little private gig last night with these fellas. They scrubbed up alright 😝
William Hatch, Max!, Primetime - Entertainment Division, Darwins Aviation Museum
A visit to Darwin on the eve of the 80th Anniversary of the first Japanese attack would not have been complete without a visit to the Darwin Aviation museum. Thanks to the awesome team who greeted me on 17 February.

🏃🏽‍♂️Hurry, Darwin! Secure your seats on a limited edition tour package and experience, to relive what happened during the Bombing of Darwin on the 19 February 1942 – exactly 80 years ago. Booked as a package, tickets are just $60 (a massive saving of $49 on individual tour prices!). Seats are limited so get in quick 😮.

Imagine the chaos and feel the fear as you walk in the shoes of soldiers and civilians when bombs rained down during the first of 64 air raids on our city.

City of Darwin's 'From the Frontline' tour will commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. You can go at your own pace anytime between 17-21 February, 2022. This amazing package includes:

A poignant tour about what happened on the Harbour that day. See WWII relics and gun emplacements along the shore, and visit the sites of the wrecks of the USS Peary and the SS Neptuna.

A powerful, immersive and interactive experience, including first-hand accounts of the bombing in Darwin.

Get up close to WWII military aircraft, and view the only known colour footage of the first air-raid on Darwin.

🪖 BOMBING OF DARWIN HARBOUR MUSEUM (in The Royal Flying Doctor Tourist Facility)
Take the virtual reality experience to see what happened that fateful day in February 1942.

Book here: https://bit.ly/3HsbkP3

📷 3" mobile ant-aircraft gun, 1942. Northern Territory Library Forces Collection PH0115/0014

Sea Darwin RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility Darwins Aviation Museum Darwin Military Museum and Defence of Darwin Experience
Found this Gem the other day at Darwins Aviation Museum. It’s a Nomad Aircraft, which is one the RFDS used extensively as well as being the famous aircraft in the tv show RFDS from the 80s, unfortunately they weren’t exactly very keen on selling it, one of many planes they’re planning to hopefully restore someday, I had thoughts of making it into a proper RFDS trailer for my next adventure in a couple years 🤣🇦🇺👍
Now wouldn’t that look awesome
// RAAF Base Darwin GST //

Tuesday saw the cadets start their day with a visit to the Darwins Aviation Museum
Cadets started with a working bee at the Museum to assist with some maintenance. They were then treated to a personalised tour with the Hanger Manager, who showed the cadets around the Royal Australian Air Force and United States Air Force aircraft in the hanger.
Quick stop in at Darwins Aviation Museum, only B-52 bomber in the Southern Hemisphere not to mention some awesome WW2 fighter displays! 🇦🇺🇦🇺😃
It was a honour to attend this year’s Darwin Military Muster today, and help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Artillery Association.

I got to meet Captain Moses Raudino and his therapy dogs, had a ride on Red Gum the pony, and did a pretty poor job lining up next to the Airforce cadets. All in all, a wonderful and important day to attend, both as Minister for Veterans Affairs and as someone who will always value the sacrifice, honour and commitment of our service men and women, veterans and their families.

Thank you to the Darwins Aviation Museum for a great day! Mates4Mates Northern Territory
The Gamba Army on-ground spray season has now wrapped up.

Gamba Army teams wrapped up their final spraying for the 2020-21 wet season with some ‘late’ spraying (end-May). This ‘late’ spraying can extend the spray window, especially in areas previously too wet to spray. High residual soil moisture helps the gamba grass stay green, have later maturing viable seed, and be a prime target for herbicide uptake. The proof of results will be at the start of next wet season!

Collating the data and writing the reports is now in progress; including the question – where to next season?!

We would like to thank the Northern Territory Government for this opportunity, and acknowledge the supportive involvement of the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security and the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

Many thanks also to the passionate army team members, contractors, landholders and community groups that joined us on this collaborative approach to w**d control, over the past months!

We hope to follow-up and build on the coordinated and collaborative work of the Gamba Army with you all next season.

NT Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security
Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Bushfires NT
Environment Centre NT Michael Gunner
NT Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
Eva Lawler MLA: Member for Drysdale Litchfield Council
Gamba Grass Roots Pew Environment
Friends of Casuarina Coastal Reserve
Pauline Cass Community Advocate
Larrakia Nation Darwins Aviation Museum DORC - Darwin Off Road Cyclists CDU Environment Students Darwin Clay Target Club Ludmilla Creek Landcare Group City of Palmerston Athina Pascoe-Bell, Mayor City of Palmerston Defence Housing Australia CLOUSTON Associates Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation
I finally got around to setting up some of my 1:200 models. The three Boeing 747s are significant with VH-OEH having the flaps down, VH-OEJ being the last ever Qantas 747 and VH-EBA being the first 747 delivered to the airline. On the next shelf is VH-ZND, the 100th anniversary Qantas 787, and two aircraft from previous generations, A Boeing 707-138 and a Lockheed Super Constellation.
I'd love to see some of your collections - feel free to post up some photos!

Display inspired by Bill Colarich’s great display at HARS Aviation Museum - Albion Park and Ken Lai at Darwins Aviation Museum. And my financial advisor has a brick for both of your front😂😂 windows
#nohousedeposit #qantas #aviation #avgeek
Thank you to our NT Seniors Card business partner,
Darwins Aviation Museum for this insightful post celebrating today's anniversary of Amy Johnson's landing in Darwin. Fabulous photographs. PS: Seniors card members receive $12 entry into the Museum.
One from the past - Darwin City Brass Band at Darwins Aviation Museum way back in 2014.

One of Australia's best aviation museums based in Darwin. The Darwin Aviation Museum. https://www.darwinaviationmuseum.com.au/ Home of the HUGE B52, AND the new F111!!

A must-see for tourists. See planes, displays, videos, and then relax in the new air-conditioned shop. Located on the Stuart Highway opposite the Showgrounds. OPEN EVERY Day 9 am to 5 pm.

Operating as usual


Engines are running hot 🔥 in Darwin as we welcome the V8 Super Cars. Combine your stay with some jet powered displays at our museum and double the fun. 🏎🔥✈️ We have lots of merchandise in our shop to make your visit memorable.


We are Darwin's only supplier of Model Aircraft, Kits, Paints and Accessories and our NEW stock has just arrived in our Museum Shop - Open 9am-5pm 7 Days.


Exercise 22 will commence skyward in the coming days. We love jet noise 😀

There’s a storm abrewing in the Top End!✈️ ⛈️ ⚡

Exercise 22 will take to the Northern Territory skies 30 May – 24 June, providing the culmination of our six-month Air Warfare Instructor Course. Capitalising on the best air training environments that Australia has to offer, the exercise will challenge trainee air warfare instructors to apply their knowledge in a series of complex scenarios. Find out more at https://bit.ly/Diamond_Storm

Stay tuned for updates from the exercise.


Celebrating opening night of the new Top Gun movie, enjoy this video walk around of an F-14 Tomcat created by Paul Stewart.

Paul creates videos of aircraft at Museums and has created videos of the B-52, CAC Sabre and F-111 at our museum.


Photos from South Australian Aviation Museum's post 20/05/2022

Sharing from the South Australian Aviation Museum.

The Vickers Vimy in which Keith and Ross Smith, with Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett, made the first successful flight from England to Australia (and the first aircraft to land in Darwin), is finally being moved to a new home to be more prominently displayed at Adelaide Airport.

Antonov 124 carries Bushmasters to Ukraine 07/05/2022

Antonov 124 carries Bushmasters to Ukraine

Antonov 124 carries Bushmasters to Ukraine It follows the federal government announcing it would gift Ukraine 20 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles – including 14 with Protected Weapon Systems and two ambulance variants – alongside six M777 howitzers with ammunition.

Photos from Darwins Aviation Museum's post 01/05/2022

Our New Shirts have arrived!!
F/A-18A, also our F-111C are in stock at our museum shop open 7 days 9am - 5pm.


If you have friends and family visiting this dry season, be sure to introduce them to our museum. We are open 7 Days - 9am - 5pm


There will be a Royal Australian Air Force F-35 flypast for ANZAC day in the NT.

Check the website below for your local area.


Photos from Darwins Aviation Museum's post 17/04/2022

80 years ago, on 18 April, 1942, less than 5 months since the attack on Pearl Harbor, 16 normally land-based bombers took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Stripped of “unnecessary equipment” (including some of the defensive guns and the Norden bomb sight) to reduce weight so that the B-25 Mitchells could take off in less than 500 ft. (152.4m). Unable to recover back on the carrier, the B-25’s planned to fly to China after dropping their bombs over mainland Japan.

Led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle, 80 crew set out. 1 was killed bailing out, 2 were killed in crash landings, 8 were captured by the Japanese. Of these, 3 were executed, 1 died in captivity, and 4 remained prisoners until the end of the war. The rest, including Doolittle evaded capture with the help of Chinese nationals.

The Chinese paid a high cost for helping the American airmen. An estimated 250,000 Chinese were killed in retaliatory raids on towns and villages for suspicion of helping the Americans.


A Look Back At All The B-52 Variants As The Iconic Bomber Hits 70 17/04/2022

A Look Back At All The B-52 Variants As The Iconic Bomber Hits 70

The first flight of the prototype B-52 (YB-52) took place April 15, 1952. 70 years later, the B-52 is still flying. The USAF now plans to replace the B-52 engines with modern fuel-efficient equivalents, potentially extending the type's service life. It may well be that the last B-52 flight crew has not yet been born!

Our museum's B-52G 59-2596 was built in 1959.

A Look Back At All The B-52 Variants As The Iconic Bomber Hits 70 With the legendary B-52 marking its 70th anniversary, here are all the versions of the bomber to have served the U.S. Air Force.


Our Museum is stocked with lots of models, toys and kits for our young aviation lovers. 🛫✈️🛩
Open Easter Monday 9am - 5pm

Photos from Royal Australian Air Force's post 04/04/2022

We love Tiger Moths too!
The 100 Squadron Tiger Moth is the second oldest flying Tiger Moth in Australia and was enjoyed flying recently in the Serpentine Air Race in Victoria along with a variety of aircraft.


Proud to have our manager Angie and colleagues Steve and Owen at the 101 birthday celebrations at RAAF Darwin today. Steve and Owen both previously served in the Royal Australian Air Force.

Photos from Darwin International Airport's post 29/03/2022

Singapore Airlines returned to Darwin this afternoon with regular scheduled flights. We look forward to the return of international visitors from our northern neighbours and beyond!

Photos from Royal Australian Air Force's post 29/03/2022

Photos from Royal Australian Air Force's post


Today marks the 80th anniversary of the Bombing of Katherine.

Katherine played a vital strategic role during World War II. By 1941, it was a large military supply, logistics and operational base, and home to Australian General Hospital Units and military camps, and the key transport link between Darwin and the rest of Australia.

On the afternoon of the 22nd of March 1942, around 90 bombs were dropped on, and around the township, killing one civilian, and significantly damaging the Katherine airfield.
These events had a profound impact on the town, which in many ways can still be felt today, a strong military presence remains in the town with RAAF Base Tindal close by.

While much has changed in the last eighty years, Katherine's grit, resilience, and spirit are still very evident to this day.
Lest we forget.

(Credit: The Administrator of the Northern Territory)


Today on International Women's Day we give thanks and appreciation and celebrate all women in aviation present and past.

One such legendary aviator was Nancy-Bird Walton.

A ‘trailblazer in the sky’, ‘born a bird without wings’ and ‘an Angel of the Outback’ – these are just some of the ways aviation pioneer Nancy-Bird Walton has been described.

Nancy-Bird first stepped into a plane, a de Haviland Gypsy Moth, in 1928 at the age of 13. She immediately fell in love with the thrill of flight - beginning her journey then and there to become, at the age of 19,the youngest Australian woman to earn a licence to fly commercially.

Using that licence to take fellow Australians on joy flights to fairs across the country, she was able to introduce many to her passion for flying, but it was her skills as a talented aviator that helped save lives.

Nancy-Bird was known as the ‘Angel of the Outback’ for her work transporting doctors across communities in regional New South Wales.

Without the technology that pilots rely on today, Nancy-Bird navigated using nothing more than telegraph lines and fences as reference. She would land in fields, careful to avoid hazards such as kangaroos and rabbit holes.

She was passionate about her craft, establishing the Australian Women Pilots’ Association in 1950, of which she served as president for 40 years.

Nancy-Bird was an aviation trailblazer not just for women, but for anyone who has dreamed of the freedom of the sky. Nancy-Bird held her pilot’s licence right up to three years before her passing at the age of 93 in 2009.

Two years shy of a century since she first took controls of an aircraft, Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport will open for domestic and international passenger services in late 2026.

Nancy-Bird's pioneering spirit continues to inspire every member of Team WSA and it's one of the many reasons why we’re proud to have her as our namesake. Her story lives on through Western Sydney International and her name will continue to be synonymous with paving new opportunities for the next generation.

Nancy-Bird Walton OA OBE, is The Aviator.


Curator Facts!

On this day in 1922, QANTAS bought its third aircraft, a DH-4. Originally F2682 with the Royal Air Force, Ray Parer, the second pilot to fly from England to Australia, had flown it to first place in the Victorian Aerial Derby on 27th November 1920 and, on 25th January 1921 used it to make the first landing on King Island in Bass Strait. It was first registered as G-AUBZ on 28th June 1921.
When QANTAS bought it, it had to be transported to Longreach so Chief Engineer Arthur Baird engaged Frank McNally, a specialist on the DH-4’s Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engine to ship it from Melbourne to Rockhampton and then to bring it to Longreach by train. That engine meant the DH-4 was the highest-powered aircraft in the fleet and it was popular with all who flew it. QANTAS sold it to Matthews Aviation at Essendon in January 1928 and it was finally retired in 1940.

Antonov An-225 ‘destroyed’ in Russian attack 28/02/2022

Antonov An-225 ‘destroyed’ in Russian attack

Have you seen this aircraft in Darwin before?

Antonov An-225 ‘destroyed’ in Russian attack The AN-225 travelled to Australia for the first time in May 2016, when it touched down in Perth, carrying a 135-tonne generator for a resources company.


Come and browse around our museum shop. We have an extensive range of models, kits, paints as well as souvenirs to make your visit memorable.
Open 7 days - 9am - 5pm


Bombing of Darwin, 80 years on

We look forward to you all coming to Darwin to have a great holiday and learn about our history.

Photos from City of Darwin's post 19/02/2022

Photos from City of Darwin's post


Today marks the 80th Commemoration of Bombing of Darwin. TheJapanese air raids on Darwin and northern Australia, 1942–43.
On 19 February 1942 mainland Australia came under attack for the first time when Japanese
forces mounted two air raids on Darwin. The two attacks, which were planned and led by the
commander responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor ten weeks earlier, involved 188 attack
aircraft which were launched from four Japanese aircraft-carriers in the Timor Sea, and a second
raid of 54 land-based bombers. The carrier battle group consisted additionally of two heavy
cruisers, one light cruiser, seven destroyers, three submarines, and two other heavy cruisers on
distant cover.
In the first attack, which began just before 10.00 am, Kate bombers hit shipping, infrastructure and
the town; and Val dive bombers escorted by Zero fighters then attacked shipping in the harbour,
and the military and civil aerodromes. The attack ceased after about 25 minutes. The second raid,
which began around 11.45 am, involved high altitude bombing of the Royal Australian Air Force
base by twin-engine machines.
The two raids killed 235 people with a further 300 to 400 wounded. Thirty aircraft were destroyed,
including nine out of the ten flying in defence, nine ships in the harbour and two outside were sunk,
and some of the civil and military facilities in Darwin were destroyed.
The Japanese lost four aircraft to a spirited defence: two Val bombers and two Zero fighters. One
of the fighters crash-landed on Melville Island to Darwin’s north, and its pilot was captured by a
local Aboriginal man, to become the first prisoner of war taken on Australian soil.
Contrary to widespread belief at the time, the attacks were not a precursor to an invasion. The
Japanese were preparing to invade Timor, and anticipated that a disruptive air attack would hinder
Darwin’s potential as a base from which the Allies could launch a counter-offensive, and at the
same time would damage Australian morale. The Japanese also planned to take New Guinea,
cutting Australia off from US support. Denying Darwin’s ability to act as a base would help achieve
that aim.
The air attacks across northern Australia, centring on the Territory, continued until November 1943,
by which time the Japanese had raided the Top End over 200 times. The last enemy aircraft was
shot down over the Territory in June 1944.

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Home of the HUGE B52, the new F111, and the recently retired AP-3C Orion!! A must-see for tourists. See planes, displays, videos, and then relax in the new air-conditioned shop. Located on the Stuart Highway opposite the Showgrounds.
OPEN EVERY Day 9 am to 5 pm.
ENTRY Adults $16.00. Seniors / Pensioners $12.00. Children (under 12) $8.00. Family $36.00.Students $12.00

Aviation Attraction Combo Pass (Entry to both the Darwin Aviation Museum and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility)

Adult $39.00 Child $21.00 Senior $31.00 Student $31.00 Family $95.00

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Owen sharing some info on our main exhibit - The B52
100 Anniversary Qantas Models
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Museum Entry: Adult $16, Senior/Pensioner $12, Student $12, Child $8, Family $36.
Aviation Attraction Combo Tickets (Entry to Darwin Aviation Museum & Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facilty): Adult $39, Senior/Pensioner $31, Student $31, Child $21, Family $95



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Darwin, NT

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