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© Peter Lewis 1999

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from Peter & Meredith's Australia Trip

Parafield, South Australia

CAC Sabre

The Classic Jets Fighter Museum Collection is located at the Parafield Aerodrome on the outskirts of the City of Adelaide. This airfield used to be the main air terminal for Adelaide, but is now a general aviation centre
Curtiss P40.

The Museum is located inside one of the main hangars, and at the time of our visit, the aircraft displays were:

  • GAF Mirage III A3-16, which suffered a wheels-up landing at Tullamarine Airport in 1974
  • GAF Mirage cockpit section
  • NA P-51 Mustang cockpit section
  • CAC Sabre A94-972, a licence-built version of the North American F86 Sabre
  • DHC1 Chipmunk trainer VH-ZIZ, ex RAF
  • DH Vampire T35 jet trainer A79-608
  • Aero 145 light twin VH-DUH
  • Gloster Meteor Mk8 A77-867, used by the RAAF in the Korean War
  • DH Sea Venom WZ939, ex HMAS Melbourne
  • Curtis P40 ex USAAF, retrieved from New Guinea. On display 'as is', to show the task restorers face when these wrecks are recovered from the southeast Asian jungles.Sea Venom cockpit

 

As with most museums of this type, space is at a premium. All the aircraft are easily accessible, but actually getting a decent photograph of them can be a problem. It did, however, give me a chance to play 'carrier pilot' in the Sea Venom.