If aviation is your interest then any trip to Darwin should include a visit to the Aviation Centre. containing a few planes including a B52 and exibits it details Darwins role in WW2 and the links Darwin has maintained ever since with the aviation industry.
OPEN: 7 days 9am - 5pm
COSTS: Adult $11, Children $6 concession and family applies
It is well worth the drive out to see this aircraft museum. It is a large hangar dominated by the gigantic Boeing B-52 G Stratofortress bomber. There are 18 aircraft on display, among them a wreck of a shot-down Japanese Zero. There are also 21 engines and 36 other major displays.
This was my idea. I love aircraft and if I am within 100 miles of an aviation museum I have to pay a visit. This museum displays a number of historic and wartime aircraft and support vehicle relics. The museum itself is dominated by the presence of a B-52 bomber, one of four in the world on display outside the US. Since it was about four miles out of town we took a local bus to get there. The girl on duty at our hotel front desk was kind enough to point us to the bus stop and the bus number we needed. When we arrived we were the first one's in the door and we asked for and got a guided tour. I was especially interested in the relics of the Japanese bombing of Darwin in 1942. They had a big exhibit on that and the remains of a Japanese Zero that had crash landed near Darwin. The most beautiful aircraft at the museum, in my opinion, was their CA-27 Sabre. It was a copy of our North American Sabre that fought in the Korean War of the 1950's. A must see if you are an aviation buff.
This is incredible. There is a B52 bomber here that rather dominates the whole display, it is one of only 2 on display outside America. This bomber also did active duty.
There are also many other types of flying craft here, Spitfires, Mirage Jets, Sabre Jet Fighters, and also many WW11 relics.