About Us

The RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre is a must-see attraction for those visiting south-east Queensland, especially if interested in military aviation history.

Opened 05 June 2011, the Heritage Centre has a range of displays, including a World War II Boston Bomber, courtesy of the Papua New Guinea Government, a Vietnam-era Canberra bomber, Caribou airlifter, Sabre and Mirage fighter jets, F-111s, a Pilatus Porter, Sioux and Iroquois helicopters, and even an immaculate WWII Jeep.

The Heritage Centre occupies four Bellman Hangars which were part of the group of 14 identical hangars built in 1942. At that time, they were used mainly to re-assemble aircraft delivered via convoy in crates from the USA, plus to salvage aircraft recovered from accidents.

Eagle Farm and Archerfield also performed some assembly work; however, most went to Amberley and all aircraft had their final fit out and workup for combat at Amberley. The importance to the war effort was enormous, one estimate was that US and Australian personnel re-assembled about 5,388 aircraft in nearly 4 years. Some of our exhibits fill in details from this era.

We continue to grow our collection as more aircraft and artefacts are restored, loaned or donated for display.

Our Mission and Vision

The Mission of the RAAFAAHC is to professionally showcase:

  • the history of the RAAF,
  • the history of aviation at RAAF Amberley and the RAAF in South East Queensland in war and peace time,
  • the role of RAAF Base Amberley in providing air power to the Nation, and,
  • the special relationship between the base and the local community.

The Vision for the RAAFAAHC is to provide a professional display of relevant heritage items which reflect and enhance the links between RAAF Base Amberley and the South-East Queensland community.

The below video created by Queensland Weekender back in Nov 2016 provides a glimpse into the RAAF AAHC and our displays. If you would like to see them for yourself, check out our events page for the next upcoming Public Open Day.

Donating to our collection

Thank you for considering us as a recipient for your items!

It is important we adhere to our collections policy, and must be selective about what items we can accept into our keeping. Before we proceed, please email us with as much information as possible to assist us in determining the value of your item/s to the RAAF Base Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre. Our senior curators will review this preliminary information and get back to you if they are interested in finding out more.

We do not accept donations that have not been reviewed via our selection processes, and officially approved by our collections manager for acceptance into our collection.

We do not accept and can not take responsibility for artefacts that are brought to the museum without an appointment, or unsolicited through the mail.

Please do not bring or send us items prior to contact with us.

If you have an item or artefact that may be of interest to us, that you wish to donate, please email us at RAAF.AAHC@defence.gov.au with your name, address, preferred contact number, number of items, a brief description of them and their relevance to us, and any photos or further information you may have available. If we believe your items can enhance our collection and displays, we will be in touch in due course.

Note to aircraft parts and components collectors

You may have or know of someone with older aircraft parts and components to donate to our ongoing aircraft restoration projects. While it is vitally important these parts undergo assessment and quarantine prior to acceptance into our collection and aircraft, we would love to hear from you!

Please do not bring or send us items prior to contact with us.

See also:

  • RAAF Amberley

  • RAAF AAHC logo

  • No 23 Squadron history

  • Our people

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