Swiss Air Force Centre: Home Grown Jet Fighter Prototypes

In the 1950’s the Swiss worked on the development of two domestically designed and produced jet combat aircraft for the Swiss Air Force, the EFW N-20 Aiguillon (Sting) fighter and the FFA P-16 ground attack fighter. Both projects only reached the prototype stage and ultimately both were cancelled. Luckily examples of both aircraft survive today and are on display in… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: Home Grown Jet Fighter Prototypes

Powerhouse Museum – Catalina “Frigate Bird II” the South Pacific Adventurer

The main Transport Gallery of the Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences or MAAS) in Sydney Australia is an impressive space and the centrepiece is the Consolidated PB2B-2 Catalina “Frigate Bird II” flying boat that sits proudly suspended from the ceiling. This was a variant of the PBY-5 powered by two Pratt and Whitney R1830-92 Twin… Read More Powerhouse Museum – Catalina “Frigate Bird II” the South Pacific Adventurer

Restoring the Last Surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator – 2017 Update

The B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund in Werribee, Victoria was formed in 1989 by a dedicated group of volunteers with the purpose of restoring the last surviving Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in World War Two (remarkable given they operated 287 B-24D, B-24J, B-24L and B-24M models from 1944… Read More Restoring the Last Surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator – 2017 Update

RAAF DHC-4 Caribou STOL Tactical Transports – Survivors of 45 Years of Operations

DHC-4 Caribou in RAAF Service The de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou was a legendary tactical transport aircraft with its incredible Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capability that served the RAAF admirably for 45 years from 1964 to 2009. Operated by No. 35 and No. 38 Squadrons they flew in and out of difficult to access… Read More RAAF DHC-4 Caribou STOL Tactical Transports – Survivors of 45 Years of Operations

Australian International Airshow 2017 – Warbirds & Aerobatics Flyers

Naturally there were numerous warbirds and aerobatic flying displays at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 including an explosive pyrotechnic show by the ORIS “Tin Stix of Dynamite” team American Skip Stewart and triple world aerobatics champion Jurgus Kairys from Lithuania in their Super Pitts and Sukhoi Su-31 aerobatic aircraft. World War Two era warbirds… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – Warbirds & Aerobatics Flyers