Plane Spotting in the ACT
Australian War Memorial
In the city of Canberra, easy to find, is this truly magnificent place
which, for me, generated spontaneously a reverance for those who fought and
for those left behind, as well as a revulsion of war and everything associated
with it. The Memorial has a number of WW1 and WW2 aircraft on display and
has an annexe (called the Treolar Technology Centre) in the suburb
of Mitchell. Click here for a list of aircraft seen. The Memorial's website has details of opening times and some
superb aviation -related material. The displayed aircraft collection was
re-organised in late 2003.
Not too far east of the city centre - its signposted well. It has a passenger terminal
(used by numerous domestic airlines), a GA section with about ten hangars
and RAAF Fairbairn on the far side of
the field. The airport's website
has useful information for the aviation enthusiast.
About 75 aircraft were noted during the afternoon of 15 Nov 1998 -
almost three quarters of them were light aircraft - with the following
breakdown of types:
National Museum of Australia
In Canberra. Has three beautifully-preserved
aircraft - click here for details.
They were not on general display when I visited on 15 Nov 1998. However, it was possible to make an appointment with the Museum to view the aircraft at a storage facility in the suburb of
Mitchell (close to the AWM annexe).
Last Updated:5 Jan 2005