Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Longreach
Not everyone knows, but the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service (Q.A.N.T.A.S.) had its humble and challenging...
Not everyone knows, but the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service (Q.A.N.T.A.S.) had its humble and challenging start in Outback Queensland. Conceived in Cloncurry, born in Winton and brought to fruition in Longreach where a hangar and the country’s first purpose built landing field were constructed in the early 1920’s, where the Qantas Founders Museum now stands; dedicated to the story of Australia’s airline.Nowadays, we rarely think about the trials and tribulations that the founders of Qantas went through to get the airline flying in the west and overcome the problems of long distance travel. The museum is a modern world class facility dedicated to telling this story; built around the heritage listed original Qantas hangar, combining historical artifacts and multimedia displays for all ages to enjoy. The airline started with an Avro 504K, which could carry just the pilot and two passengers. A replica of the plane is the central exhibit inside the museum and is a graphic reminder of just how simple the aircraft was.A replica de Havilland DH50 is a reminder of the first of eight aircraft constructed by Qantas at Longreach. Qantas was the only airline in the world to manufacture its own planes. Another replica on site is the DH61, also built by Qantas and used on the Darwin sector of the London mail service.