RAAF Aviation Heritage Centre


Amberley

The RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre offers a fascinating display of aircraft and insight into SEQ’s military aviation history and opens to the general public on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

The Heritage Centre, which is housed in 4 hangars, is a showcase of the history of aviation of the RAAF in SEQ during both times of war and peace as well as the role played by the RAAF in providing air power to Australia.

Here, visitors can get up close and personal to the aircrafts on display, which include the very first F1-11 to be accepted and flown by an RAAF crew, the Sioux and the Iroquois helicopter (both of which served in Vietnam), the Korean war era Sabre, the Mirage (which served the RAAF from the late 60s to the 80s) and the Caribou, which has flown many emergency relief missions in the Asia and South Pacific.

Also on display is the Canberra, which took part in a jet bombing mission in the Malayan Emergency of 1958, the United States Army Air Force’s Boston Bomber, which was restored from 7 air wreckages in the jungles of New Guinea, and the 1971-delivered Pilatus Porter which has overseen service in both Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

Need to know – *While entry is free, a gold coin donation is gratefully received. All visitors must pass through an ID process, with details recorded and at times this can create delays at the entrance. All visitors aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Nice to know – An onsite souvenir and gift shop sells everything from T-shirts, hats and mugs to DVDs and books, with all proceeds going back into the Heritage Centre.

And, for more great things to see and do in Ipswich, visit Discover Ipswich HERE.

Need to know – *While entry is free, a gold coin donation is gratefully received. All visitors must pass through an ID process, with details recorded and at times this can create delays at the entrance. All visitors aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Nice to know – An onsite souvenir and gift shop sells everything from T-shirts, hats and mugs to DVDs and books, with all proceeds going back into the Heritage Centre.

And, for more great things to see and do in Ipswich, visit Discover Ipswich HERE.

RAAF Aviation Heritage Centre

RAAF Air Base

South Amberley Rd

Amberley

3rd Sunday of the month 9-3

*Free entry

Website

1800 623 306

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Pilots eject from Super Hornet in aborted take-off at Amberley RAAF Base outside Brisbane


A $75 million Air Force jet has hit the runway during an aborted take-off at the Amberley RAAF Base outside Brisbane.

Witnesses have told the ABC they saw pilots eject from a F/A-18F Super Hornet as it was about to take off from RAAF Base Amberley.  

Photos from the scene suggest the Super Hornet has suffered some damage to its forward starboard fuselage.

Analysis of photos suggests the plane has a collapsed nosewheel, or the nosewheel is in a drain.

A Defence Department spokesperson said the aircrew of the aircraft were safe and no other personnel were involved in the incident.

The RAAF Super Hornet (circled) appeared to have crashed on the runway at RAAF base Amberley.(Supplied)

“Defence will provide more information once the immediate actions associated with the incident are completed.

“The cause of the incident is not known at this time and will be subject to investigation.”

The plan was taking off from south to north.

Plane only a decade old

Australia has 24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets, based out of Amberley approximately 20km west of Brisbane.

They entered operation in December 2012 and have participated in a range of exercises and operations including Operation OKRA in the Middle East.

Defence says the Super Hornets “ensure that Australia’s air combat capability edge is maintained until the full introduction of the F-35A Lightning II”.

Australia is due to accept another 15 F-35s in 2021, as part of a $17 billion deal to eventually acquire 72 of the newer jets.

But the F-35 program has been beset by delays exacerbated by the pandemic.



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