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“Exactly what it claims to be”
Review of RAAF Museum

RAAF Museum
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Point Cook
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 16 January 2013 via mobile

Went there by bike on semi busy roads. We were amongst the first visitors and as we walked through more came. Stream lined displays takes you through with no chance off missing anything. Oh when we entered we immediately got an employee approaching us and handing a map and explanation of all the displays. Nice touch. But he didn't want the map back after our walk through it (which took an hour with average time taken to read display information boards). Would be good if they made recyclable maps by laminating the sheet.

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Reviewed 12 January 2013

We visited the RAAF museum and fascinated with its display. Starting with the RAAF history and its role in world war 2 details were really good.
Then watching the different aircrafts and specially the air show with sound effects was really good. We had the added advantage as a former air force officer was with us. He could give us all interesting details. I was really interested to see the jet pilot's ejection seat and all the finer details.

I saw the Victorian cross first time there. Further we watched the Tiger Moth plane display and its flying. The pilot gave a very professional description of it before he start flying.

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Reviewed 31 August 2012

In Melbourne recently and had some spare time to visit the RAAF Museum at the Point Cook Base. Easy drive from the motorway but a bit of an effort to get through the main gate even with a Military ID. Nonetheless I did get a park near the entrance and arrived at 10 Am for opening (its closed on Mondays people). Nice reception area with friendly staff who appear to be possibly ex military folk who volunteer. Great respect for these people. The museum has a great selection of artefacts and aircraft. You can spend some time looking at the displays before progressing to the aircraft hangars. THe main building has a great Aeromacchi jet trainer, CT4, Walrus and a few others including a Mirage and Winjeel.

The aircraft are set up very nicely, some on stands including the Macchi, CT4 and Iroquois. I once worked on that aircraft in 5 Sqn Canberra. Other hangars have a Canberra, Phantom and the venerable F111. Outside displays include a HS-748 and two Hercules (A and E models). There are very few negatives about this Museum. A little disappointing the Hercs are not accessible, neither is the HS-748. I assume they will be in the future. The second Hangar has a metal walkway that is covered by a mesh cage. This is almost like walking in a prison and it seriously detracts from the feel of the Museum. I recommend the powers in charge rethink this as the majority of the people visiting the Museum will be like me, ex military and such a thing is almost an insult. We flew in these aircraft and worked on them yet they are caged up. Not a good look but only a minor gripe.

The other only negative was the front of the CT4 was not well lit so taking a photo was difficult (this is an insignificant issue). Given the age of the aircraft they are in magnificent condition and the whole facility is a credit to the people looking after it. A great trip down memory lane.

Lastly, it is such a pity that corporate Australia does not get behind these institutions. A few million dollars would build a fantastic hangar and more of the Museums collection could be housed and put on display. I also had the same thought walking around the Tucson Air and Space Museum in the USA. Philanthropy is sadly missing in society now days and the wealthy corporations need to step up and start to contribute the the betterment of society, especially those supported by hard working volunteers. I recommend the Museum, its a cheap day out.

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