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The Airways Museum

airwaysThe Airways Museum is an aviation museum, but with one difference – there are no aircraft! Instead, the Museum houses a collection of national importance that traces the development of Australia’s civil aviation airways system through innovation and technical development from it’s beginnings in the 1920s to today. The story is told through artefacts and photographs, and illustrates how Australia has often played a leading role internationally in aviation development.

Major areas covered in the museum include:

  • Air Traffic Services:

    air/ground & ground/ground communications equipment

    • Tower Control
    • Approach Control
    • En-route Control
    • Aeradio/Flight Service
  • radio navigation beacons & radar
  • airport lighting & visual approach guidance
  • flight calibration of navigation aids
  • Tours of the Airways Museum are available on Tuesdays 9am-3pm and at other times by appointment. Groups are welcome and a meeting room is available. Entry is by gold coin donation for individuals, $4 per head for group tours (including tea/coffee & bikkies, and a guided tour).
  • Where is the Museum?
    The Museum is located at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria, at the rear of Building 44. (Near the Control Tower) Enter via Edgar Johnston Lane. Melway Map Ref 16 C7.
  • Airways Museum contacts:
    Telephone: (03) 9374 3905


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