Help us preserve Australia’s Aviation History

Qantas Founders Museum is a project owned by Qantas Foundation Memorial Ltd (QFM). Qantas Foundation Memorial Ltd (QFM) is independent of Qantas Airways Ltd and is a non-profit trust company established by the people of Western Queensland to honour the founders of Qantas and to preserve the heritage of Qantas Airways Ltd.

Qantas Founders Museum has engaged in two major projects which are vital to the preservation of iconic aircraft in Australia’s aviation history. We need your help.

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1) Internal Restoration of the Super Constellation

In September 2014, Qantas Founders Museum purchased a Super Constellation in Manila, Philippines to add to its aircraft collection and expand the Qantas story displayed at the museum.Over two and a half years, the museum has worked to disassemble and transport the Super Constellation to Longreach. The aircraft arrived in Longreach in May 2017 and over 13 months, volunteers and contractors have restored the exterior of the aircraft including replacing corroded areas, reassembling the aircraft and repainting it in the Qantas Super Constellation livery. The external restoration was completed in July 2018.

Stage 2 of the project, which commenced in February 2019,  will include the internal restoration of the aircraft’s fuselage and cockpit.The internal restoration of the aircraft is expected to be completed by 2020.

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The Super Constellation at Manila International Airport 2014
Super Constellation External Restoration Complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The interior of the fuselage of the Qantas Founders Museum’s Super Constellation that will need to be restored
The cabin of a Qantas Super Constellation. Photo credit: Qantas Heritage Centre
The cockpit of the Qantas Founders Museum Super Constellation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight engineer’s seat and panel on the Qantas Founders Museum Super Constellation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Airpark Roof Project and Sound and Light show Project

Artist impression of the Airpark Roof at night

Qantas Founders Museum is the custodian of some of the most significant Qantas aircraft including the Boeing 747- 200 Jumbo Jet VH – EBQ and Boeing 707 138BB VH- EBA, the first Boeing aircraft purchased by Qantas.

To ensure the preservation of our national aviation heritage for future generations to enjoy, Qantas Founders Museum will engage in a $14.3 million air park roof project and light and sound show. This project will build a 8072m2 roof structure, viewing platform and create a spectacular light and sound show that will utilise the fuselages of the Boeing 747 and 707 and roof structure to tell the history of Qantas. This Project will be one of the most significant and important projects the museum has ever undertaken and will ensure the ongoing sustainability of the Museum with a new lighting show experience and the preservation of our iconic aircraft.

For more information about the project including following the progress of the project via a time lapse camera click here.

 

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How can YOU help?

Donate! Every dollar helps! Qantas Founders Museum is a not for profit organisation. Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

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You can also donate by calling Qantas Founders Museum on 07 4658 3737, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Thank you for your support.

 

You can also donate by downloading the 2018 Donation Form and post it to, Qantas Foundation Memorial Ltd, PO Box 737, Longreach, QLD 4730.

Thank you for your support.

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