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7 August 2017

National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar turns 95

Photo take on 2 November 1922 on the arrival of the first scheduled Qantas flight from Charleville to Longreach













On 18 August 2017, the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar in Longreach, the iconic centre of the Qantas Founders Museum and where Qantas began its early operations, will celebrate its 95th birthday.

In February 1922, Qantas Airways, a fledgling airline at the time, won the airmail contract from Charleville to Cloncurry and decided to build a series of more permanent aircraft hangars. The first hangar to be completed, in August 1922, was in Longreach, making the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar 95 years old this year.

The Longreach Qantas Hangar was added to the National Heritage List in 2009 and is recognised as one of the oldest surviving buildings associated with Qantas and early civil aviation. This simple galvanised iron clad building has links with iconic figures in Australia’s history including the founders of Qantas Airways and the Reverend John Flynn who established the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  It is also where Qantas built its own aircraft between 1926 and 1929, one of the few airlines do so.

When Qantas moved its operations to Brisbane in 1930, the Hangar continued to be used as an aircraft maintenance hangar until 9 June 1996 when it became home to the Qantas Founders Museum, before the museum expanded to the new exhibition building in 2002.

Qantas Founders Museum Curator Tom Harwood said the Qantas Hangar provides great insight to how basic and tough conditions were for early Australian airlines and aviators.

“Qantas Founders Museum has restored the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar to reflect what it would have looked like when Qantas was operating in the building in the 1920s, with original workshops and machinery, replica aircraft of those built by Qantas and of course the hot, dusty conditions,”

“As far as we know the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar is the oldest civil aviation building in Australia and on this building’s birthday we should celebrate its history and how fortunate we are to still have it,” Mr Harwood said.

On Friday 18 August 2017 at 10.30am Qantas Founders Museum will host a FREE morning tea to celebrate the 95th birthday of the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar. All are welcome to attend.

The National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar in 2017


Qantas Founders Museum is located in Longreach, Queensland, Australia. It is a not for profit organisation which tells the story of how Australia’s national airline, Qantas Airways, began in Western Queensland in 1920.  The museum has a variety of exhibits, interactive displays, artefacts and aircraft including a Boeing 747, Boeing 707 (the first jet Qantas owned) and DC-3.

Media Contact: Tom Harwood, Curator, Qantas Founders Museum on 07 4658 3737 or

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