Podcast #42: Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach

Qantas Founders Museum CEO Tony Martin
Qantas Founders Museum CEO Tony Martin

Although Qantas recently retired its last Boeing 747, there are still two of the iconic aircraft on public display at Australian aviation museums. One is at HARS in Shellharbour, NSW and the other can be found in Longreach, Queensland.

Qantas has a long and proud association with Longreach, the town where it first started its operations in the 1920s and even manufactured its own aircraft. The first Qantas flight was from Longreach to Cloncurry in November 1922.

Today, the outback Queensland town is home to the iconic Qantas Founders Museum. As well as a retired Qantas 747-200, the Longreach museum is home to lots of Qantas memorabilia and historic aircraft including a Boeing 707, Super Constellation, DC3 and Catalina flying boat. Visitors can tour inside many of these planes, and even do a 747 wing walk.

Last month, the museum also launched an exceptional nighttime sound & light show experience called “Luminescent Longreach” – a long-time vision of CEO Tony Martin.

See the 747 lit up in Wunala Dreaming colours during the Luminescent Longreach experience
See the 747 lit up in Wunala Dreaming colours during the Luminescent Longreach experience

In Episode 42 of the AFF on AIR podcast, Matt Graham chats to Qantas Founders Museum CEO Tony Martin about the museum, how it got its aircraft, life in Longreach, future plans for the museum and much more!

Matt interviewing Tony at the Qantas Founders Museum
Matt interviewing Tony at the Qantas Founders Museum

Listen now to AFF on AIR Episode 42: “Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach”

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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