History of the Museum
The museum had it’s humble beginning in a single room at the Army Aviation Base back in the mid 1980’s with Terry Egan as the curator.
In the early years, the museum didn’t have possession of any aircraft however, there were a number of aircraft at Oakey ‘strategically located’ that were a valuable part of the Army Aviation Corps History and these aircraft formed the foundation for what is now the museum.
Those aircraft included:
A Cessna 180, A98-045, three Bell 47 Sioux, A1-568, -720 and -738, and an O1-G Bird Dog – Bunny II.
Due to the efforts of Terry Egan, the museum eventually obtained a hangar to store the aircraft.
On 01 July 1989, the museum was officially opened by the Honorary Colonel, Colonel Ross Harding (Retd).
During the following years, the museum expanded to include four hangars and a memorabilia room.
In August 2005, the museum moved into a new purpose-built facility on the airfield at Oakey and opened for business on the 02 September 2005
The new museum complex was officially opened on 02 September 2005 by local MP Ian McFarlane.
From its humble beginning the museum has continued to grow and now houses 22 aircraft on display within the museum and a number of aircraft undergoing restoration and in storage, with more to come.
The museum also includes a memorabilia room displaying objects and relics of significance from WW1 through to current conflicts in Afghanistan.