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Founders Museum will celebrate Qantas’ 100th birthday

written by Adam Thorn | October 7, 2020

Qantas Founders Museum roof
An artist impression of the new Qantas Founders Musuem roof (Qantas Founders Musuem)

The Qantas Founders Museum will hold special activities to mark the airline’s 100-year birthday despite cancelling a series of events earlier this year.

On 16 November, the attraction will hold morning tea with a birthday cake, guided tours of the National Heritage-listed Qantas Hangar and a “Curator Talk”.

The attraction itself only reopened on 1 July after shutting earlier in the year due to coronavirus restrictions.

Chief executive Tony Martin said, “Qantas Founders Museum is committed to telling the history of Qantas and there is no bigger milestone to mark than the centenary of Qantas.

“In 2020 we had planned a series of events throughout the year to celebrate the Qantas Centenary, many of which were postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are delighted that this event can go ahead.


“The history of Qantas is one of the great Australian stories and we encourage people to travel to Longreach and outback Queensland, to learn about where it all began for the airline.”

Australian Aviation previously reported how the museum’s new light show exhibition, celebrating Qantas’ centenary, launched on 1 July, after a series of delays.

The ‘Luminescent Longreach’ display projects a 3D animation across 635 square metres of a Boeing 747. The project’s design was the result of an 11,000-hour creative process.

The show tells the history of Qantas using 3D animation, projection mapping and 360-degree immersive sound.

The night time ‘light and sound experience’ was brought to life by design studio Buchan and took more than 2,000 hours to install.

“There is nothing like this anywhere else in the world, it is an entirely immersive experience that won’t disappoint,” Martin said earlier.

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Comments (3)

  • Adrian P


    So no flyby of any QANTAS aircraft?
    Has any one asked HARS to arrange Connie to do a flyby?

  • Michael Andrew


    If only Qantas donated an SP and maybe a 747 Combi then a true cross section of Qantas 747 types would be on show! Harr’s have the 400 series and a special one at that!

  • A very interesting announcement by Airbus is that they have launched the Airbus A220-100 to evolve as the ‘TwoTwenty’ corporate jet. Airbus’s corporate jet division has formally unveiled an executive version of its A220-100 twinjet, which will be able to operate across a range of up to 5,650nm (10,500km).

    With the RAAF 34 Squadron operating the Boeing 737-700 Boeing BBJ on lease and with these 2 aircraft slated for replacement in 2021, the Airbus ACJ with its range of 10,500 kms would seem like an outstanding replacement for the 34 Squadron BBJs. Lets hope someone suggests this to the Defence Minister

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