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Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra
(4.4/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A lot of work is being done and should develop into a great and informative museum. It was a really hot day and we were disappointed that the shop wasn't open for any food or drinks, and almost no sta...  more »
  • Very informative museum and child-friendly. They have helicopter simulator and our kids got crazy about it. You could easily spend like 2 hours there. They have a cafe on the 2nd floor with air field ...  more »
  • An amazing display of aircraft and memorabilia that can be viewed from ground or an elevated walk way (tours available). There is an onsite cafe. The flight simulator can be used by children and is ve...  more »
  • 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.
  • A very professional set up. Great for kids and adults. Well wirth tge $10 entry fee.
  • Worst ticketing office I've seen in all my visits to museums. Hope they'll find professional and decent people to work their.
  • Wonderful experience and many happy memories come flooding back back too me. from my fond memories having happily served with the RAN at NAS Nowra with 724 Sqn. 805 Sqn and beloved Aircraft Carrier HMAS Melbourne as a young keen eager Flyer of the Great A4G Skyhawk Jets. Grand days with the RAN. Alas having to leave The Service in the very sad days of the early 8o.s flown the coup to the Old Mother Land to serve many happy years flying Harrier Jets with the RN Fleet Air Arm ie Falklands. Libya. Iraq and Bosnian War Veteran. Very Proud and Honoured. loved my days with the RAN and RN. be so proud of your achievements at the Mesuem and today and in the future with The Fleet Air Arm and the RAN. The Navy and the Great and Wonderlous Land we call Australia. Well done to all involved Past and Current Fleet Air Arm Personal. Three Cheers Hip Hoorah. Less We Forget. Fleet Admiral Chief of Naval Staff Royal Navy Prof. Sir Steven M J Cooper Darlington DFC bar VC bar OBE KBE DSc DMed DSurg PHD Retired.
  • Cant believe this place is only 10 dollars. Worth every penny. Busy at Easter but get the impression its not usually. Amazing selection of planes and hot food too!