The Hall of Fame is beautifully presented and it would be easy to spend a couple of days here to do it justice. After a quick lunch at the Hall of Fame we then visited the Qantas Founders Museum. QANTAS or the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service was founded in 1920 by three Australian airmen returning from WW1, right hear in Winton and the first services flew from here in Longreach. The original QANTAS hangar and workshops form the basis a terrific museum commemorating those early days of aviation.
The DeHavilland aircraft featured here was the first plane ever operated by QANTAS.
The company also owned and operated Catelina flying boats and the museum features a beautiful example of this iconic plane.
The museum also has a complete Boeing 747 (Bunbury) the first one purchased by QANTAS.
The aircraft in this photo was the first to feature a toilet. Note the pilot is located in an open cockpit at the rear and the passengers are in an enclosed cabin at the front. Once again, a very interesting destination and well worth at least a half day visit.
We finished the day by attending a show/dinner evening featuring lots of horse riding and whip cracking. Our trip back to the coast continues tomorrow.