Flying Aircraft

 

CAC Boomerang LBL, A46-63

'The Returning Boomerang'

Former RAAF ARDU test pilot Jim Whalley will be performing aerial manoeuvres in his Boomerang at the Classic Jets Fighter Museum Fly In and Air Display.

Jim’s father, Flight Sergeant Alan Whalley spent many hours flying Boomerang A46-63, patrolling the northern approaches to Australia, while based on Horn Island in 1943.

A46-63 was force landed on a Cape Yorke beach as a result of engine failure.

66 years later Alan’s son, James, acquired the remains of his fathers Boomerang, which was subsequently restored in Queensland by Boomerang specialist Matt Denning.

This rare ‘family’ Boomerang is hangared at Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Parafield Airport and is one of only two flying in the world today.

Powerful and Fast

North American T-28 Trojan


Owner Wayne Pearce brought this immaculately restored T-28 Trojan into Australia in 2002 and secures this huge military training aircraft in his hangar at Parafield Airport.

The T-28 Trojan is powered by a Curtiss Built 1820 cubic inch twin row radial engine, which turns a huge three blade Hamilton Standard propellor. The cockpit is very similar to the North American F-86 Sabre Jet for similarity in transitioning to the 1960’s era Jet Fighter Aircraft. The impressive T-28 Trojan will be flying at the Classic Jets Fighter Museum’s Antique and Classic Aircraft Fly In and Air Display, Sunday 17 th March.



Boeing Stearman

 

 

 

The Fighter Pilot Trainer

North American T6 Texan/Harvard


The North American T6 Texan VH-NZX will be flying at the 2013 Classic Jets Fighter Museum’s Antique and Classic Aircraft Fly In and Air Display. Look for this large yellow advanced trainer aircraft on the flight line and hear its propeller tips howl as they go supersonic on takeoff.

The T6 Texan was the leading training aircraft for the famous P-51 Mustang, and many other fighter aircraft. The T-6 Texan was a demanding aircraft to fly in that when you have mastered the T6 Texan, the P-51 Mustang was a relatively easy aircraft to fly.

Inquire about the Texan, as an adventure flight may be able to be arranged.

Chinese Training Aircraft Joy Flights

Yak-52

Nanchang CJ-6

There will be two CJ6 Nanchang Chinese Basic Trainers and a Russian YAK52 Basic Trainer on the flight line for prepaid ‘Adventure Flights”. Also Helistar Squirrel Helicopter circuit flights.

The Chinese Nanchang Basic Training aircraft first flew in 1958 with production recently ceasing after a production run of over 3,000 aircraft. The Nanchang is powered by a swift sounding Russian designed 285 horse power single row radial engine. These aircraft are only a few of the types flying on display at the Classic Jets Fighter Museum’s Antique and Classic Aircraft Fly In and Air Display, Sunday 17 th March 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Display Aircraft

 

P-38 H Lockheed Lightning

42-66841, 153


475 th FG, 432 SQN, 5th AF,

USAAF.

This unique and impressive Pacific War veteran twin engine fighter was flown by Lt. Edward Dickey on numerous missions over Papua New Guinea and it’s adjacent national islands. The Lightning scored a probable victory against an Oscar Fighter over the enemy fortified Rabaul Harbour, New Britain on 23 rd October 1943. The large fighter was salvaged by the Classic Jets Fighter Museum in 1999 and subsequently under went a seven year restoration program by the Museum’s restoration team.

Bell Aircraft P-39 Airacobra

“Cannon on Wings”

The P-39 Airacobra was a unique advanced concept fighter aircraft designed in 1937. The Airacobra was designed with a V12 Allison liquid cooled engine mounted centrally over the wing to enable a formidable 37 mm canon flanked by two Browning 50 cal machine guns in the nose bay. The unsupercharged engine made high altitude combat unacceptable, with other design short comings limiting its capabilities.

The P-39 Airacobra and the P-40 Kittyhawk held the line early in the Pacific War until far more advanced fighter aircraft joined the action.

The C.J.F.M. Airacobra will be on display for inspection during the museum’s Air Display and is painted in the colours of 24 SQN RAAF who flew Airacobras during its short service life in the RAAF .

The Mighty North American

P-51 Mustang


P-51 Mustang VH-FST is the centre attraction on the spectator viewing area display of propellor and jet fighter aircraft. Mustang VH-FST is a valuable aircraft, although currently hangared and not in flying status. The Mustang is fenced off but can be viewed easily all around to take in its well known beautiful lines. Mustang VH-FST IS THE ONLY North American built Mustang in Australia and is painted to represent the
P-51 flown by Congressional Medal of Honour recipient Major William Shomo

Sit in our Real Jet Fighters

and experience their cockpits


Mirage A3-16

The first all Australian built Mirage. A total of 114 Mirages were built in Australia, which flew front line service from 1963 until replaced by F/A 18 Hornets in 1984.

Classic Jets Fighter Museum’s Mirage A3-16 landed wheels up at Tullamarine Airport on October 1974 while flying with A.R.D.U. The Mirage survived scrapping and was acquired by Classic Jets in 1992. Despite enormous difficulties in finding Mirage airframe parts sufficient components were gathered to restore this beautiful supersonic fighter aircraft.

The Mirage has the best cockpit to experience how confined cockpit spaces are and appreciate the feeling of ‘Riding A Rocket’.

 

Australia’s Avon Sabre

Designed in the U.S.A., the North American Sabre was constructed in Australia by C.A.C. (Commonwealth Aircraft Co-operation) to suit Australian conditions.

The first Australian Sabre,A94-101, first flew in August 1953 powered by a Rolls Royce Avon Jet engine.

The Classic Jets Sabre, A94-974 flew in most RAAF squadrons but primarily in three SQN RAAF in Australia, Malaya and Thailand. The Avon Sabre was eventually withdrawn from service in 1964 with Sabre A94-974 being acquired by the Classic Jets Fighter Museum for restoration in 1985. Air Display visitors can sit in the museum Avon Sabre for a special experience.

Solid and Dependable De Havilland

Sea Venom


A total of 256 DH Sea Venoms were built in Britain with 39 going into the Royal Australian Navy on the Aircraft carrier H.M.A.S. Melbourne. The reliable Sea Venoms remained in service with the R.A.N. until withdrawal in 1967 to be replaced by A4 Skyhawks.

Classic Jets Sea Venom, WZ-939, was displayed at the Tuggerah Lakes Museum and later went into private storage until acquired by the Classic Jets Fighter Museum in 1993 to undergo intensive restoration, then to be placed on display in South Australia’s leading museum of military aviation.

The dual-seat Sea Venom cockpit is also open for visitors to sit in, and for kids to use their imagination to fly the Sea Venom.