The RAAF Museum is located at RAAF Base Williams Point Cook, the birthplace of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The Museum tells one of Australia’s most important aviation stories, that of the second oldest air force in the world.
The Friends of the RAAF Museum is a community of military aviation heritage supporters dedicated to supporting the Museum and its role in preserving and displaying the history of the AFC and RAAF. Staff and Cadets of the AAFC are invited to become members of the Friends so that they, too, can share in preserving the history of our parent Service.
Full Membership is available to staff. For an annual subscription of $40, benefits for Full Members include:
- Subscription to the Aerogram Journal. The printed Journal is delivered four times per year and provides 32 pages of military aviation history as told from the perspective of the men and women who have served. Members also have access to the on-line electronic version which includes all back issues from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 publishing years.
- An embroidered Friends fabric patch
- 15% discount on items sold through the Museum’s on-line shop.
- The yearly RAAF Museum calendar, full of the best pictures of aircraft from the Museum’s collection.
- Invitations to special members-only events.
- Full voting rights
Associate Membership is available to serving cadets. For an annual subscription of $25, cadets have all the benefits of Full Membership with the exception of voting rights.
On-Line Aerogram subscription is available to staff and cadets. As an alternative to Full or Associate Membership, staff and cadets can opt for a subscription to the on-line version of the Aerogram Journal. The annual cost is $17 only and, while the subscription option does not provide the benefits available through Full or Associate Membership, it gives access to the electronic version of this high quality and informative journal.
Of the funds raised through membership subscriptions, 30 % is allocated to support the Museum. Friends’ funds have contributed to:
- An electric lift for use in the maintenance of aircraft and displays at height in the Museum’s display hangars.
- Partial funding of the construction of a 1914 BE2a replica bi-plane for static (non-flying) display. The aircraft has been built by a member of the Friends.
- The purchase of a full size, fibre glass composite replica of a Mk VIII Spitfire. The replica will be painted to represent A58-492 (UP-B) that flew with 79 SQN RAAF in the defence of northern Australia and on operations in the South West Pacific Area during World War 2.
To join as a Full Member (New Membership tab): http://www.friendsraafmuseum.org.au/membership-2/
To join as an Associate Member (AAFC Cadet tab): http://www.friendsraafmuseum.org.au/aafc/
To subscribe to the Aerogram Online version (Aerogram Online tab): http://www.friendsraafmuseum.org.au/aerogram-online/