With the Brisbane CBD skyline in the background and only 11km away, Archerfield Airport is rich in history and is an integral aviation hub for training, corporate aircraft, aircraft maintenance, charter, aeromedical and emergency services with approximately 120 000 aircraft movements. Established in the early 1930s the airport was Brisbane’s aviation lifeblood, serving as the city’s primary and international airport to 1949.
Archerfield Airport was home to one of the world’s oldest flying schools – The Royal Queensland Aero Club which celebrates pioneering aviators such as Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, Bert Hinkler and Lores Bonney. Explore Archerfield’s rich history by visiting the Art Deco terminal, the historic hangars and Gods Acre cemetery.
Archerfield Airport was privatised in 1998, with the Bird family owning, operating and developing the airport since then. This revitalised airport is fast becoming one of the leading metropolitan airports in Australia.
FLYPAST Between 11am and 1pm
This year visitors will have the pleasure of seeing a flypast by the RAAF C-17 Globemaster. The C-17 is based at RAAF Base Amberley and is used for transport operations. It allows Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world. With a wing span of 51.75m and weight of 128 tonnes empty, the C-17 is an impressive aircraft.
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Ground floor of the terminal building, God's Acre Cemetry and historic hangers
Saturday Guided Tours
Times: Rolling airside bus tours (register on the day)
Duration: 30 min
RAAF C-17 Globemaster Flypast between 11am and 1pm, sausage sizzle, coffee and other food options
Awards:AIA Queensland Regional Awards Brisbane, Regional Commendation Public Architecture AIA State Awards Queensland, Award for Public Architecture