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28 November, 2020

Museum secures piece of Mareeba’s WWII history

The FNQ Aviation Museum has recently acquired a shiny new piece to add to their growing collection of aviation history after they recently acquired a Military Issue Douglas DC3 transport plane.

By Rhys Thomas

The FNQ Aviation Museum has recently acquired a Military Issue DC3 transport plane that saw the end of WWII and will soon be on display at their museum.

The FNQ Aviation Museum has recently acquired a shiny new piece to add to their growing collection of aviation history after they recently acquired a Military Issue Douglas DC3 transport plane. 

The transport aircraft saw flight time during the end phases of WWII in 1945 where it transported cargo, dignitaries, soldiers and paratroopers. 

The plane was deregistered in Townsville in the 1970’s before being brought up to Mareeba by Syd Beck to be placed into the former Beck War Museum. 

FNQ Aviation Museum Director Brendan Kent is excited to have procured the aircraft and to put it on display for the public. 

“Our primary mission is to preserve aircraft and put it on display for the public so that’s what this acquisition was all about,” he said. 

“This is the same type of aircraft that flew missions out of Mareeba. 

“In terms of acquisition it was probably one of our easiest even though it is a 29m wingspan aircraft.” 

The Kennedy Highway had to be closed between the Beck War Museum and the Mareeba Airport on Saturday, November 14 for the plane to be safely escorted to its new home.


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