This airframe was constructed by Andrew Willox of Victoria, and was given as a gift to the Royal Australian Air Force to be on display at the RAAF Museum, on the occasion of the centenary of Australia’s first military flight, at Point Cook, March 2014.
The aircraft is a Royal Aircraft Factory BE2a c.1912. The Australian Army operated two of this type of aircraft from 1914-18 at their Central Flying School at Point Cook. This is now RAAF Williams Point Cook and is the oldest continuously operating military airfield in the world.
Every wooden part of this construction (except for the propeller) has been preserved using the Norglass Norseal Wood Treatment System and the exhibit is expected to last for about 30 years without major restoration work, with the wood parts preserved indefinitely.
Norglass thanks the RAAF Museum and Andrew Willox for the use of this photograph.