Charlie Ciavarella, 10, of Peregian, and his cousin Tom Moles, 7, of Boreen Point, “take off” as they have a good look at the F-111.
Charlie Ciavarella, 10, of Peregian, and his cousin Tom Moles, 7, of Boreen Point, “take off” as they have a good look at the F-111. Warren Lynam

F-111 fans can take a seat in museum’s pride and joy

WHEN Charlie Ciavarella visited the Queensland Air Museum with his Pop yesterday, he had no idea he would get a taste of the view experienced by a fighter pilot.

The 10-year-old from Peregian became the first person to perch in the cockpit of the museum's treasured F-111 since it was moved into Hangar 1 last month.

With a grin spread from ear to ear, Charlie was dwarfed by the instruments inside the cockpit.

"I like the feeling, it's so big and you are in a tiny space and the amount of switches you can get confused with was amazing," Charlie said.

Museum president Cameron Elmes said visitors had been in awe of the aircraft, which is one of only six to be displayed at civilian museums in Australia, and the only one in Queensland.

F-111 fans will also have an opportunity like Charlie to sit in the cockpit during the museum's Open Cockpit days on June 29 and 30.