Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown
This Museum is still at the development stage, and building
a new display complex at the far side of Bankstown airport. It has
a number of aircraft in its collection, which are currently stored
either outside or in a storage hangar.
Pride of the collection is the Lockheed Constellation
'Southern Preservation'. This machine was recovered from the USA,
restored to full airworthy condition, and frequently appears at air
shows. Although painted up in QANTAS colours, and with the period
registration VH-EAG, legal problems prevent it from flying in the
full QANTAS colours.
Museum possess several DH Vampire jets, but these tend to exhibit
the usual plywood delamination problems after spending extended periods
in outside storage. The bargain-basement static replica SE5a makes
an interesting contrast.
The fully restored 1937 Lockheed L-10 Electra VH-UZO
is very impressive. Used in Australia from new (initially by the fledgling
Ansett organisation), this aircraft had a long and varied career until
falling into dereliction at Bankstown in 1967. A full restoration-to-airworthiness
was started in 1980, culminating in a 'first flight' in 1991. A superb
The aircraft was painted up in unoriginal but period
KLM markings, which somehow do not match the Australian registration
Originally known as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, this
museum has since shifted into the old buildings once inhabited by
the Darling Harbour coal-fired electricity generating station. This
is right alongside the Darling Harbour shopping centre, and can
be reached by using the city monorail system.
Being one of the older museums, its aviation collection dates way
back to the early days of flight with this Bleriot XI, once used
by Guillaux for the first Melbourne-Sydney airmail in 1914. Reputed
to be the first aircraft in Australia to perform a loop.
nicely presented DH60 Moth, one of the really early wooden ones,
built in 1925 (c/n 245) with the Cirrus motor. These were the aircraft
that made flying affordable for the modestly wealthy man-in-the-street,
and lead to the formation of the first aero clubs in England, Australia
and New Zealand.
To the right you can see a twin Beech that was used by the Royal
Flying Doctor Service, and yellow hull above the Moth is the Catalina
P2B VH-ASA used by P G Taylor for his pioneering flights to South