From Spitfire to B-52 Bomber. An exciting experience in Northern Territory Aviation Heritage
The Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
is one of the major aviation museums in Australia, and one of the top 10 things to do in Darwin. Trip Advisor rates the Museum as second on their list of things to do, and Lonely Planet rates it as seventh on their list.
The main display is a massive B-52 bomber is on permanent loan from the United States Air Force and is one of only two on public display in the world outside the USA.
Award winning displays
An impressive presentation of Aviation videos of the B-52, and the bombing of Darwin are continuously displayed. You can see some rare amateur footage of the first air-raid in Darwin, and also original footage from Japanese archives.
Aircraft on Display
There are 19 aircraft on display, as well as 38 major displays, relics of crashed aircraft, and 21 engines. The exhibitions are being continually updated by a small group of enthusiastic volunteers of the Aviation Heritage Society of the Northern Territory, a non-profit association. Aircraft include a B-25 Mitchell Bomber – one of the few surviving in the world with a proven track record. There are Mirage and Sabre jet fighters, and a Royal Australian Navy Wessex helicopter that assisted in the clean-up of Darwin after Cyclone Tracy struck on Christmas Day 1974. The latest acquisition is an F-111C which arrived by road from Amberley on 16 June 2013.
Our Pioneering Heritage
Displays depict the epic flight of Ross and Keith Smith in the Vickers Vimy in 1919. From Bert Hinkler and Amy Johnston to Dick Smith, and the National Coastwatch service, aviation has played a major part in the development of the Northern Territory. There are many relics of the time when fierce combats took place. It is not very well known that the surrounding areas sustained over 60 Japanese air-raids during World War 2.