Darwin Aviation Museum

The Darwin Aviation Museum, previously known as the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, displays aircraft and aircraft engines of relevance to the Northern Territory and aviation in Australia generally. It is located in Darwin, Northern Territory.[1]

Darwin Aviation Museum
LocationDarwin, Northern Territory
Coordinates12.4251°S 130.8957°E / -12.4251; 130.8957
TypeAerospace museum


The Museum's origins can be traced to 1976 when a group of enthusiasts sought to preserve aviation relics after the destruction of Cyclone Tracy. It was later broadened to include the documentation of World War II aircraft crash sites and the preservation of aviation relics related to the defence of Darwin during World War II. The original museum was first opened to the public in 1988. In the late 1980s, the Society negotiated with the United States Air Force and the Northern Territory Government to obtain a surplus USAF Boeing B-52G Strato-fortress bomber and to build a museum to house and display the aircraft.[2] On 2 June 1990, the new Darwin Aviation Museum was officially opened.[3][4]


The museum has on display a Boeing B-52G bomber. It is on permanent loan from the United States Air Force and is one of only three on public display in the world outside the US.[5][6] There is also a bomb fragment dating from a WWII air raid on Darwin which visitors may handle.[7]

Aircraft on display

Aircraft engines on display

The following aircraft engines are also on static display:[13]

See also


  1. The Rough Guide to Australia. Rough Guides. 1 April 2014. pp. 603–. ISBN 978-1-4093-7223-3.
  2. "About the Darwin Aviation Museum". Darwin Aviation Museum.
  3. Alford, Bob (2011). Darwin's air war, 1942–1945 : an illustrated history commemorating the Darwin air raids. Darwin: The Aviation Historical Society of the Northern Territory. ISBN 9780980771305.
  4. "AHSNT History". Archived from the original on 18 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  5. "AHSNT B52 Details". Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  6. Lee Mylne; Marc Llewellyn; Ron Crittall and Lee Atkinson (12 October 2010). Frommer's Australia 2011. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 29–. ISBN 978-1-118-00398-5.
  7. Templemen, Tiana (16 August 2014). "Darwin with kids: Top holiday activities to keep the whole family entertained". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  8. "RAAF F-111 Joins USAF B-52 at Australian Aviation Heritage Centre in Darwin" 25 June 2013. Warbirds News Retrieved 9 April 2016
  9. "Pilots of tomorrow take a look at their future office at Top End aviation open day". NT News.
  10. Bolton, Katrina (5 October 2012). "F-111 fighter to land at Darwin aviation museum". ABC News. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  11. Conlan, Matt (25 August 2013). "Darwin aviation museum receives retired F111". News International. Archived from the original on 1 September 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  12. Marc Llewellyn; Lee Mylne (16 June 2008). Australia For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 12–. ISBN 978-0-470-28980-8.
  13. "AHSNT Aircraft engines on display". Archived from the original on 18 February 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
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