Avi­a­tion mu­seum pre­par­ing for take off in Charleville precinct

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A DED­I­CATED group of Mur­weh res­i­dents, who hap­pen to share a pas­sion for avi­a­tion his­tory, are work­ing hard to bring their in­ter­est to life, jump­ing on board a re­newed push for dis­cov­ery in Charleville.

In the old air­port ter­mi­nal, it will all start with a work­ing bee, which is be­ing held this week­end in an ef­fort to spruce up the build­ing.

Cur­rently, the in­side is look­ing spick-and-span, with in­ter­nal paint­ing nearly com­plete.

But the out­side is where the Mur­weh avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts are seek­ing help from other handy lo­cals.

Much of the work will in­volve board­ing up the ter­mi­nal’s old lou­vres to make sure they can se­curely hold sig­nage, once the mu­seum is up and run­ning, and gen­eral out­door main­te­nance around the build­ing.

It may only be early days for the avi­a­tion mu­seum, but its founders have a clear vi­sion and are de­ter­mined to make it hap­pen.

Once it gets off the ground, it is hoped the mu­seum will in­clude lo­cal air­field his­tory, in­clud­ing QANTAS in the re­gion, TAA, fa­mous avi­a­tors, air races, the 1990 flood evac­u­a­tion, the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice and, most im­por­tantly, Charleville’s World War II con­nec­tions.

It is hoped the avi­a­tion mu­seum will one day be­come a stop on the fu­ture tours which are slated to run through Charleville’s Top Se­cret Precinct when the plan­e­tar­ium and up­grades to some lo­cal tourist spots are com­pleted early next year.

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