Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra

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The Australian Fleet Air Arm Museum, formerly known as Australia's Museum of Flight, is a military aerospace museum located at the naval air station, near Nowra, New South Wales. The museum was opened in 1990, although efforts to preserve artifacts related to Australia's naval aviation history began in 1974. The museum houses aircraft used throughout the history of the Fleet Air Arm, the naval aviation branch of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), along with other aircraft of relevance to Australia's aviation history, and memorabilia relating to Australian aircraft carriers. The museum includes 34 aircraft and helicopters in its collection. It is open to the public daily, except for major public holidays. The museum building is also home to Albatross Aero Club.HistoryThe Fleet Air Arm Museum can trace its origins to 1974 when a group of volunteers associated with the Royal Australian Navy obtained five obsolete RAN aircraft and began work to establish a museum for display of artifacts to present the story of Australian Naval aviation. $80m were raised from various sources for a large hangar and function centre. In 1990, the Australian Naval Aviation Museum Foundation was established to operate the museum.In 2000, the museum was renamed Australia's Museum of Flight and its role expanded to displaying artifacts related to Australian aviation. In 2006, ownership and management of the museum were handed to the Royal Australian Navy and it was renamed the Fleet Air Arm Museum.The museum now displays more than 34 aircraft and many aviation artifacts.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Great variety of aircraft on display for the early days of flight to the modern age. Good gift shop and cafe.  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    Good museum on hmas albatross. See old and new. Is on active military base see operational aircraft.  more »
  • June 1, 2017
    is a distance from nowra but well worth it has great viewing balconny , see helicopters, planes, red baraids head quarters her my best friend col tony galigar flow dc 3 1934 from here loved it when th...  more »
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  • Fantastic day, a wonderful collection of aircraft and aviation history. The exhibits are beautifully presented, informative and interesting, giving a personal glimpse into the lives of our service personnel throughout Australian aviation history. My only minor complaint would be that the placement of some of the information boards made some exhibits a bit difficult to photograph, but this is really only a small issue. It would also be great to have the cafe operating again for a bite to eat and a coffee. Very highly recommended regardless.
  • Great experience. Needs something a bit more interactive for the smaller people
  • Fantastic setup of exhibits! Well done! Only thing l recommend is visiting Albatross after a good rain shower, as the ground is teeming with asbestos buried in the days of the Melbourne.
  • All the displays were excellent and very informative
  • Great museum for all ages. If your into aeroplanes and helicopters etc this is the place for you. Awesome Cafe upstairs where you can enjoy a coffee and watch the planes/helicopters take off.

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