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Jet Fighter Museum of South Australia

Updated on October 12, 2013
The inside of a cockpit
The inside of a cockpit | Source
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Tourist Attraction In South Australia

In South Australia there are many great places to visit. One of these places, is the "Classic Jets Fighter Museum". Situated at Parafield Airport in the back aeroplane hangers.

Many times i had driven past this museum but not once, had i stopped for a look. The very next day, i piled the family in to the car and we went to the museum.

From the moment we walked in the door, we were mesmerised! There were so many interesting items to look at and amazing facts to read. Then we walked through the big double doors, in to the hanger. There displayed with great pride, were some spectacular pieces of machinery. Historic jets, all lined up in a row and shining in all their glory. I felt connected to the brave men that flew them, in some strange way. Maybe because of the stories my Grandfather told me, about the second world war. How courageous they must have been!

First we walked up to a "P38 Lockheed Lightening". A twin engine, classic jet. This particular jet flew in combat, for only a very short time. In 1943, the jet was forced to the ground. It fell somewhere in Papua New Guinea. In 1999, the Classic Jets Fighter Museum took control of the wreck. They lovingly took the time to restore it, back to it's former glory.

The one that really caught my full attention, was the "Mirage 3. This was a Royal Australian Air Force jet. Although this jet, was equipped to be a fighter bomber. It was used mainly for research purposes. I love the design of this jet. Makes me want to jump in the cockpit and fly!

The next one, was rather strange. I had not even heard, that they existed. It was called a "Gaf Jindivik". This jet completed all of it's missions, via remote control. What they call a "Target Drone". Sounds like something, out of the movie Star Wars! The "Jindivik" was very popular and was supplied, to many different countries.

Well worth the experience, for anyone who is able to get there. Makes me very proud to be a South Australian. I did not have time to take notes on everything but was very snap happy, with the camera. Enjoy the photo's.

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My Daughter standing near an ejection seat.
My Daughter standing near an ejection seat. | Source

Show Respect To The Past

This is a standard ejection seat from war times. My daughter Ellie is standing next to it.

It is important for children to learn about the history. Many of our grandfather's were plunged in to war and we should honor them by teaching our children.

Avon Sabre Fighter Bomber
Avon Sabre Fighter Bomber | Source

Avon Sabre Fighter Bomber

Across the room, was an "Avon Sabre Fighter Bomber". This jet was built in Victoria, Australia, in 1957. After completing a few minor operations, the fighter bomber came back to Australia. It then spent the rest of it's days, as a training jet. The jet was flown all over Australia, until it had it's wings clipped in 1984. Where it then became, a part of history.

One massive engine
One massive engine | Source

Liquid Cooled Engine

This is a really awesome Liquid cooled Engine. This is an Allison 1710, II5, V12

Imagine travelling in that jet - woooosh

Tiger moth.  Brightly coloured for presentation.
Tiger moth. Brightly coloured for presentation. | Source

Tiger Moth

Next was a beautiful "Tiger Moth". They were mainly used, during the second world war. A great many, went to Papua New Guinea. Others became training jets, for the "Royal Australian Air Force" pilots. The last known flight of a "Tiger Moth", was in 1957.

Tip of the Mirage 3
Tip of the Mirage 3 | Source
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Parafield Airport, Parafield SA 5106, Australia
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      skellie 6 years ago from Adelaide

      Hi there WillStarr :) My Grandfather use to talk to me all the time, about all the old war planes. Such an interesting place to go. Great for the children to experience

      Thanks for visiting :)

      Hi Eiddwen, It was a really amazing place! I am very glad you liked my hub :)

      Look after yourself

      Cheers Skellie

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting.

      Take care


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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      As a pilot, I can easily spend all day at an aviation museum (and I have)!