Along the way to Nelson Bay, right next door to the Williamtown Airport there is Fighter World, a museum devoted solely to the preservation of fighter jets! Finally after passing it probably 100 times we decided to go and have a look at what it had to offer.
If you like ( or your kids like ) aeroplanes, specifically fighter jets then this is the place to go. The museum consists of one large hanger and one smaller hanger filled with fighter jets that have played a significant role in the RAAF history. Two of the jets on display you can sit in, giving you an insight into what it would feel like to be a fighter pilot. All the buttons and dials seemed very confusing to me, but the kids imaginations were going crazy as they made up what each did. The rest of the many fighter jets on display have steps up to view into the cockpits. Other displays include movable aviation guns and cannons, plane engines, missiles and an awesome display on the ejection seats that are used in an emergency. Also on display was a large collection of model fighter jets, jets from all over the world and video footage of different jets in action.
Unfortunately when we went the RAAF weren’t doing maneuvers, because it would have looked awesome from the viewing deck. We did see some of the domestic planes taking off from William Town airport though, and it was cool to imagine where they might have been going.
Overall we had a awesome day out at Fighter World Williamtown.
Where: Fighter World 49 Medowie Rd, Williamtown NSW 2314
How much: Adult $15.00 Child (5-17) $10.00 Under 5 Free Family (2 Adults plus all dependant children under 18) $40.00 Senior/Pensioner $12.00 Service Personnel (ID required) Free Disabled persons in wheelchairs (requiring carers) Free Special Rates for School Tours and Groups available
Need to know: There is a cafe on site, but if you take your own food you have to eat it off site ( there is a picnic table next to the carpark), this is a volunteer based museum, in the second hanger you can view planes that they presently working on, allow about 1- 1 1/2 hours to view, if you want to check out when the RAAF is flying contact Fighter World before you go to visit, a great place to visit while in Port Stephens.
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