The Qantas Founders Museum will reopen on 1 July after shutting three months ago due to coronavirus restrictions.
The attraction has also signalled work will restart on completing its new $14.3 million, 400-tonne steel roof and light show projects. Construction began in April 2019 and was due to be completed in May.
Stage one involved building a new 8,072 square metre roof, around half the size of Sydney Cricket Ground, paid for by the federal government, while stage two of the project will involve the creation of a new light show projected on to the fuselage of a 747, 707 and Super Constellation aircrafts.
Australian Aviation reported last year how the Qantas Founders Museum purchased the Lockheed Super Constellation, which had been grounded for 25 years, at an auction of old aircraft organised by the Manila International Airport Authority in September 2014.
It was previously operated by World Fish and Agriculture Inc to transport fish cargo and the US Air Force. It was similar to those flown by Qantas in the 1940s and 1950s.
Since being purchased, the aircraft, N4247X, has been raised out of the mud, had its engines/propellers, tails, wings and landing gear removed and made safe for moving.
It was transported to Australia in 2017, first on a ship from Manila and then by road from Townsville to the home of the museum in Longreach.
The external restoration was fully complete in July 2018. The aircraft has been painted in what the museum described as “Qantas Super Constellation” livery featuring the name Southern Spray on the nose, a red cheatline along the passenger windows and the word Qantas on the fuselage.
The restoration of the aircraft’s cockpit, meanwhile, was finished in July 2019 by four volunteers who spent a combined 700 hours over six weeks painstakingly cleaning it out, repairing broken parts of the instrument panels, adding a fresh coat of paint and removing corrosion.
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