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Qantas Founders Museum’s Airpark Roof Project is moving at an impressive pace with the project’s 400 tonne steel frame lifted into place in just five weeks!

Last major piece of steel structure lifted into place

In late October, the last piece of the steel frame forming Qantas Founders Museums 8072m2 Airpark Roof was lifted into place and the temporary support systems removed, completing an important milestone of the project.

Here are some of the incredible statistics so far:

  • The Airpark Roof, which is now standing on its own permanent footings, is 26m high and 108m wide.
  • To move the varying sections of steel from 1 tonne to 14 tonnes, contractors Beenleigh Steel Fabrication, used a 130 tonne crane, a 60 tonne crane, a 25 tonne Franna and four boom lifts.
  • The 400 tonnes of steel was transported by over 35 trucks from Brisbane.
  • 10 men worked on the construction of the frame.
  • 12 pallets of bolts were used to secure the various sections of the frame.
  • All this work was completed with the Museum Boeing 747 and 707 in situ.

The next major stage of the build will be the installation of the Aramax Roof using onsite steel mill from mid November 2019. This work is expected to be completed in early 2020.

Over the next two weeks, construction of the Airpark’s lift shaft, bio box floor for the light show and 9.5 metre high viewing platform will continue.

To follow the progress of the project, check out the Project’s time lapse camera click here.

Or check out the Museum’s Facebook Page.



Artist impression of the Airpark Roof at night

Qantas Founders Museum’s Airpark Roof Project is an ambitious $14.3 million two stage project to create a unique night experience using sound and light show experience projected on the fuselage of the iconic Boeing 747, Boeing 707, Super Constellation aircraft and an 8072m2 roof.

Stage One of the Project includes the construction of a 8072m2 roof and lighting for night tours, footpaths, landscaping and fencing.

Once completed the roof will provide protection to the Museum’s visitors and aircraft during the day and provide an all-weather venue for expanded visitor experiences.

Stage One is fully funded by the Australian Government as a Community Development Grants Project.

Stage Two of the project includes a state of the art light and sound show night experience, the only one of its kind in Queensland, and the construction of a nine metre high viewing platform and lift.

Stage Two of the project is supported by the Queensland Government.

Initial preparation work for the project began in April 2019 before the official Sod Turning Ceremony in May 2019.

On 2 September 2019, Qantas Founders Museum officially handed over the airpark site, which includes the Museum’s Boeing 747 and Boeing 707 to building contractors, Watpac. Over the next few months, visitors will see major machinery including cranes and steel rolling mills on site as part of the construction.

During this time, Qantas Founders Museum is working with the Brand Experience team from the Buchan Group to develop a one of a kind projection experience for the sound and light show.

The project is expected to be completed in 2020 with an official launch on 20 June 2019 at the Red & White Gala. The timing of the completion of this project is timely because in 2020 Qantas Founders Museum will be celebrating the centenary of Qantas which was established in 1920.

The Airpark Roof and light and sound show night experience are expected to increase Museum visitors by 24% by 2021.

The Airpark Roof and light and sound show is the largest project that the Qantas Founders Outback Museum has undertaken since its establishment in the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar in 1996, before expanding to the main modern Museum in 2002.

During the Project’s construction the Museum will continue to operate as normal. Museum visitors can still enjoy the many exhibits and displays in the Main Museum precinct, the Captain’s Tour and guided tours of the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar. For more information go to the Museum’s Admissions Page.

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