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the Vietnam War Helicopter Flight and up to the current ship-borne helicopters that now operate with the Fleet. A CHANGING MUSEUM During 2007 the Museum was rededicated as a unit of the Naval Heritage Collection and an entirely new exhibition entitled “Wings Over Water” was opened to the public. your family and friends to visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum at HMAS ALBATROSS Nowra. Museum displays now depict the various eras of Naval Aviation commencing with biplanes operating from Australian cruisers in World War I. .AN INVITATION The Royal Australian Navy invites you. progressing though World War II. Explore and experience the story of Naval Aviation from its beginnings to the present day. the foundation of the Fleet Air Arm.

some now very rare. located within the heritage precinct at the entrance to HMAS ALBATROSS. As well as the main aircraft exhibition gallery and supporting galleries. there is also a museum souvenir and gift shop to ensure our visitors enjoy and remember their stay. are displayed alongside a wide range of unique naval aviation related artefacts. aircraft ordnance and relics from the days of operating from the flight decks of aircraft carriers at sea. The Aviation Collection is a world standard exhibition. based on the design of an aircraft hangar. Over 25 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. These include piston and jet engines. .THE FLEET AIR ARM MUSEUM The Museum consists of a large main facility.

The formation of the Fleet Air Arm was approved in 1947 and by the end of 1948 HMAS SYDNEY and her aircraft squadrons were commissioned along with the Naval Air Station HMAS ALBATROSS at Nowra. The 1955 commissioning of HMAS MELBOURNE saw Navy enter the jet age. SYDNEY’s squadrons. flying Sea Fury fighters and Firefly ground attack aircraft. Navy’s first dedicated aviation ship was the seaplane carrier HMAS ALBATROSS that was built in 1929 and operated amphibian aircraft of the RAAF.A HISTORY OF THE FLEET AIR ARM Aviation in Navy began in World War 1 with RAN ships involved in the first experiments of using aircraft at sea. Gannet ASW aircraft and Sycamore . served with great distinction during the Korean War. MELBOURNE’s first Air Wing included Sea Venom fighters.

Tracker ASW aircraft and Sea King ASW helicopters. . Flights of Squirrels. Skyhawk jet fighters. During the Vietnam War the Fleet Air Arm operated the RAN Helicopter Flight-Vietnam which supported Australian and allied ground forces. With the decommissioning of MELBOURNE in 1982 and cessation of fixed wing flying in 1984.helicopters whilst her second generation Air Wing consisted of Wessex helicopters. Today wherever Navy is so are the aircraft and the professionals who form the Fleet Air Arm. These aircraft provided Navy with a strike and anti-submarine capability not previously available. the Fleet Air Arm continued to provide naval aviation combat power with rotary wing aircraft. East Timor and Iraq. Sea Kings and Seahawks were involved in the 1991 Gulf War.

. with aircraft from the 20th Century. The Museum’s Flight Simulator provides a ‘virtual experience’. ranging from a World War 1 Sopwith Pup to a A4 Skyhawk jet fighter. visitors can learn not just about Naval aircraft and hardware. but they can see and hear the stories of the men and women who have served the Navy and Australia in the Fleet Air Arm. for all ages. on what it is like in the pilot’s seat. Through the exhibition and its interactive features. there is a special exhibit on Admiral Sir Victor Smith and a display of airborne weapons.‘WINGS OVER WATER’ The ‘Wings Over Water’ exhibition tells the story of Naval Aviation in Australia. Showcases and audio-visual displays add to the stories of these aircraft and those who flew and fixed them. The exhibition also includes examples of allied and foreign aircraft. like the MiG-17 fighter. Individual displays include the US 135th Assault Helicopter Company that incorporated the RAN Helicopter Flight–Vietnam.

Look out for the Air Day dates or contact the Museum by phone. Army and Air Force usually attend. e-mail or the web site. .AIR SHOWS The Fleet Air Arm Museum sponsors Air Days at least once a year. A variety of heritage and Warbird aircraft and current operational aircraft from Navy. visitors may frequently see them undertaking routine training and display practices at the Naval Air Station. A Fleet Air Arm Museum Air Day provides our visitors with a unique opportunity to get a sensory overload from some of the most famous heritage and modern aircraft available for viewing in Australia. The RAN Historic Flight is also based at HMAS ALBATROSS and as well as displaying their aircraft on Museum Air Days. together with visiting aircraft from other private collections and museums.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day. SYDNEY Shoalhaven River NOWRA os sR d Alb atr BTU Rd JERVIS BAY BATEMANS BAY Winner South Coast Tourism Awards 2008 CONTACT US Manager . Good Friday. then straight through the round-a-bout on to Albatross Road. ADMISSION Adults: $10 Children under 18: FREE Serving Defence members and APS Defence personnel: FREE (on presentation of a valid ID card) OPERATING HOURS The Fleet Air Arm Museum is open 10am . From Sydney turn right from the Princes Highway in Nowra at Kalandar St. From Batemans Bay turn left from the Princes Highway at BTU Rd.LOCATION The Fleet Air Arm Museum is located 8 kms south of Nowra at HMAS ALBATROSS on Albatross Road.4pm daily except New Year’s Day. Fleet Air Arm Museum PO Box 7015 Nowra Naval NSW 2540 Telephone: (02) 4424 1920 Facsimile: (02) 4424 1999 Princes Hwy .

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