Alice Springs: Araluen Cultural Precinct

Central Australian Aviation Museum

EJ Connellan was an aviation pioneer in the Northern Territory (NT). He established Alice Springs' first aerodrome on the current precinct site in 1939.

Connellan Airways operated aircraft for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. 

The Central Australia Aviation Museum is in the original Connellan Airways Hangar. It houses two early flying doctor planes among other historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia.

For more information contact the Central Australian Aviation Museum.

Kookaburra Memorial

The Kookaburra Memorial is dedicated to Keith Anderson and Bob Hitchcock. 

Anderson and Hitchcock died after their aircraft, the 'Kookaburra', was forced to land in the Tanami Desert on 10 April 1929 while searching for Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm. 

The wreck was found after fourteen days. 

It was then abandoned until 1978 when it was recovered by aviator and adventurer Dick Smith. 

The memorial was erected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the crash. You can see parts of the plane wreckage on display at the memorial.

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Last updated: 24 February 2016

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