The Air Museum of Papua New Guinea was a private museum founded in the late 1960s Chemist (Pharmacist) William "Bill" Chapman who lived in Port
Moresby and was the owner of a Chemist (Pharmacy) with two locations in Port Moresby. This museum collected World War II war relics in the vicinity. It was with this museum that Bruce Hoy began volunteering, who later became the first curators of PNG War Museum. When William "Bill" Chapman departed PNG, the museum closed and the collection was transfered to the PNG War Museum forming the basis of their collection.
P-47D "Sweetwater Swatter" 42-8066
Salvaged from a swamp 1967-69, exported to MoTA 1972
After it disbanded in the late 1970's, and PNG became
an independent country with its own museum, much of their collection
went to the new PNG Museum Modern