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An aviation collection

W

ith the ever increasing

allowing visitors to follow the story of Qantas

documents. It’s fun to see where people were

stresses of air travel

since its formation in 1920 through a series of

going and what they ate. There are bits and

and growing

interconnected exhibition spaces. There’s also a

pieces of superseded technology and historical

passenger numbers

theatrette featuring films about the airline’s past

objects, including early navigational equipment

turning airports into

and planned future developments.

and engines used on Qantas aircraft in outback

vast dull visions of

The exhibition was created by a group of

Australia in the 1920’s. They even have wicker

industrial practicality, it’s easy to lose sight of the

volunteers - 15 retired staff - who since the early

chairs used in the open cockpit for pilot and

romance and adventure of flight. Opened in

1990s has worked diligently to sort, catalogue,

passengers on early flights. Economy class on a

September 2005, the Qantas Heritage

list and repair a diverse range of items, many of

modern 747-400 suddenly looks a whole lot

Collection at Sydney airport brings it all back

which have been donated by passengers and

better. Especially engaging is the collection of

into focus.

airline staff.

Qantas uniforms from past to present, tracing

The array of artifacts and memorabilia is spread over an area of 1,000 square metres,

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On display are old timetables, tickets, menus, advertising posters and various other archival

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the ebb and flow of fashion and style throughout the last century.


with a view It’s a wonderful collection and a fitting homage to an aviation legacy which thankfully hasn’t been relegated to some far-flung back room at the airport. Its massive windows overlook the tarmac and runways, so between admiring the variety of model aircraft on display, visitors can look up and see the real thing taking to the sky. The Qantas Heritage Collection located on the mezzanine level of Sydney Domestic Terminal (T3) near Gate 13. It is open to the public, free of charge, from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm. (Closed on Public Holidays).

Qantas Heritage Collection  

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