Queensland Air Museum’s collection contains 70+ aviation displays including a F-111C A8-129, GAF Mirage and Australia’s oldest DC3. The collection includes airfield equipment and displays honouring people, aircraft, organisations and activities that helped shape Queensland as we know it today. The museum is a 100% volunteer organisation.
5 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra Aerodrome
(07) 5492 5930
10am–4pm daily (except Christmas Day)
Admission fees apply
Queensland Air Museum (QAM) Significance Assessment
QAM was provided funding under the Sunshine Coast Council Cultural Heritage Levy to determine the significance of its collection. The purpose of the QAM Significance Assessment is to determine the significance of the historical collection stored and displayed at the QAM site. This report also provides some strategic recommendations for future management, access, storage, display and interpretation of the collection. The assessment was undertaken in 2020 by Dr Tony Brady in consultation with the volunteers of QAM.
The museum has a collection of more than 85 000 catalogued items, including 110 airframes, 141 engines, 18 365 books and more than 50 000 imagery items. The collection is stored across several buildings, an open-air hangar, and for many of the airframes, in the open air. The museum was inspected over two days and all aspects of the collection were scrutinized. Several visitors to the museum were interviewed and volunteer staff from each area of the museum were consulted. Much of the data for the report was provided through interviews with QAM president, Cameron Elmes; the registrar, Nick Sayer; and John Sutherland, the librarian at QAM. These members also provided supporting evidence as required via phone conversations or emails. This process identified a number of items or sub-collections that are considered by QAM to be representative of the overall significance of the museum and these items or collections were individually assessed as validation of the significance of the entire QAM collection.