Update Information

3rd July 2019

Reluctantly after 23 years in operation Classic Jets Fighter museum will be winding down its’ collection and relocating to the adjoining hangar 107, Parafield airport from July 25th 2019.

We will continue working on our Corsair fighter aircraft restoration in a smaller museum which will be open to the public between 10.00am and 4.00pm Wednesday to Sunday at a greatly reduced entry fee. 

There will be an auction of the collection to be held by Mason Gray Strange in hangar 52 on July 24th at 10.30am. Details can be found on the following link:

 

https://www.mgs.net.au/auction/viewauction.html?a=8357

 

Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair 02270

The Classic Jets Fighter Museum has salvaged an F4U-1 S/N 02270, from Vanuatu, where it force landed in a lagoon, near Quoin Hill fighter strip on the 5 th May 1944.

The Corsair’s pilot Captain James Vittitoe escaped uninjured. The Corsair’s machine guns were salvaged the next day and the aircraft was then abandoned.

The restoration of this magnificent fighter aircraft is by far the Museum’s most ambitious and challenging project.

Five Corsair crash sites have supplied many hard to find components for the project.

However the loaning to the Museum of several airworthy airframe modules, to build jigs around, enabled the construction of new modules as part of the Corsair buildup.

Utilising specific airframe stations as datum points, along with volunteer ingenuity, enabled the construction of the large and complicated fuselage section.

With most major components constructed, the Corsair restoration project has now moved to the assembly of the aircraft and can be viewed undergoing this process in the Museum’s adjoining Restoration Facility, Hangar 107.

It is expected to take another 2 - 3years to complete

Corsair 02270 is the world’s oldest surviving Corsair, with a data plate on the spar indicating it was number 124 off the production line.

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