Dr Brendan Nelson, Director, The Australian War Memorial, flew in on opening day from Canberra to address invited guests to the official opening of the Museum and unveiling of the F-111 A8-147. Dr Nelson spoke with World War II Veteran Jim Flatley who served at Evans Head as ground crew.  Jim is well known to the local community and once was mechanic to local Federal Member Janelle Saffin, MP who was also there on the day.