Fighter World is dedicated to preserving the proud history of Royal Australian Air Force operations in the Newcastle and Hunter/New England regions.
Located just 20 mins drive north of Newcastle, adjacent to the entrance to RAAF Base Williamtown at Newcastle Airport, Fighter World is a totally ‘hands on’ experience. Exhibited in two hangars, visitors can walk-around, touch and look into the cockpits of such famous aircraft as the Mirage III, the Avon Sabre, the Gloster Meteor, the first Vampire jet built in Australia, the mighty F-111C and the F/A-18A Hornet. Also on display is a World War 1 Sopwith Camel replica, WWII Spitfire replicas, a PC-9A(F) Foward Air Control aircraft, Winjeel trainer and much more. Fighter World also offers the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of a Macchi jet trainer to experience first-hand what it’s like to be one of Australia’s ‘Top Gun’ pilots in today’s hi-tech world.
Perched on the Observation Deck you can witness the various aircraft of the RAAF’s premier fighter squadrons take-off and land while listening to all the action on the live audio feed direct from the Williamtown Control Tower.
Inside the main hangar you’ll also find the Norm Forrester Collection. Unique to Fighter World it is undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest displays of hand built model aircraft and just around the corner you’ll find so many things to see and do, you won’t know where to begin. Our interactive screens also give you the opportunity to select the content that interests you most.
When you finish browsing the many displays, you can enjoy the warm welcome, great food and friendly atmosphere of the Fighter Beans Cafe. Conveniently located adjacent to the main hangar, the Fighter Beans Cafe offers a range of snacks and light meals as well as cold beverages and steaming hot espresso coffee. Stay cosy inside or venture outdoors to enjoy all the noise and action of an operational Air Force Base. The choice is yours.
Make sure before you leave you visit the Fighter World Shop where you’ll find a wide range of books, souvenirs and models available.
Fighter World is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10am to 4pm.
To learn about the history of Fighter World click here.